If you find it difficult to understand what your dog is trying to say through his actions, here is something that can help you out in reading your dog’s body language. There are different physical signs that your dog gives. Understanding these signs will help you in knowing the emotional state of your dog better. There are some signs that are very prominent, and some faint. Here are some points that can help you in understanding how to read your dog’s body language.
When a dog wags its tail, it does not always mean that the dog is friendly. This is one of the misconceptions that have been prevailing for quite some time. Understanding how the dog is waging its tail and at what angle will give you a better idea about what the dog is trying to say. If the tail of your dog is help parallel to the ground and moved in loose, broad and swooping arc, it indicates that the dog is happy. But, with the tail being held a little higher and the movement is tight and swift, it indicates that your dog is domination; this act is seen when two dogs meet for the first time and act indicate an aggression.
If the dog has the tail wagging in a tight and fast arc and the tail is held low then it indicates that the dog is probably scared or anxious or is being submissive. If the dog has its tail tucked then it says that the dog is very scared. To understand the state of your dog it is important that you keep a close watch on the type of movement of the tail of the dog.
The ear movement of the dog can give you a faint idea about what the dog is trying to say or do. If the dog has its ears flattened against its head then it probably indicates that the dog is petrified. If your dog is laying its ears to one side or to the back, then this can mean that the dog is not certain about something. Ears held forward usually indicate that the dog is confident, aggressive or dominant. These ear signs are easy to identify especially with prick ear dogs like the German Shepherds. However, with flop ear dogs also with careful observance you can watch this.
When your dog is calm, its body is relaxed. But, when your dog gets worried, its body might freeze for some time. This usually happens when your dog is panting happily and suddenly closes its mouth and becomes still for a moment. Such an action indicates that the dog is trying to sense something in the surroundings. Followed by, this the dog might fight, run away or just walk away if there is nothing to bother about.
If the hair around the neck and the back (hackles) is raised, then this does not always indicate that the dog is aggressive. This can also indicate excitement, or when the dog is aroused this can happen. At times when dogs meet each other the hackles are raised, and this can indicate that there is soon going to be an aggression. Even when dogs play with a higher breed then this can happen.
If our dog is tired, it would probably smell or hear the ground, scratch itself or yam or lick its lips. When you are aware of these signals, it can help you in understanding what your dog is feeling and how to deal with a particular situation. Understanding the body language of your dog is important as the owner. So have a look at those small signs which can help you in understanding your dog better.