Do you know your dog?
How do you communicate with each other?
Can you identify how your pet feels just by hearing them bark?
Well, there are so many ways to understand our pets. And as a pet owner, you should make an effort to study their language for a healthier and harmonious relationship.
Reading a dog can be compared to studying another language. You need enough focus to understand how they communicate and express themselves.
Dog actions can be different depending on cultures and habits. Dogs normally growl, whine, and bark, but you can understand them through their body language.
To effectively understand your pooch, you need to broaden your horizon and immerse yourself in the canine culture. When you get to clearly understand your dog and know how they exactly feel can help promote better interaction with pets.
Inter-species connection deepens dog-owner bond while improving their communication skills with humans. In fact, in the early years, dogs have been keen on understanding our body language, hand signals, and spoken words. So it’s only fair to return the favor.
Knowing Their Expressions
Your pup’s eyes, mouth, ears, and tail can speak soundlessly. If you can only recognize their body language, you can better understand and connect with them.
For instance, if they rapidly wag their tail, they are excited to see you. However, curling their tail over their back may mean dominance.
Be wary of dogs with bristled hair and tails held above their body as they mean aggression.
Canines that are safe to interact with are those comfortable in their surroundings. Normally, they would hold their tails low and away from their body. But if you see a submissive pooch, they will hold their tails close to their body and tuck it between their legs.
The challenge is that not all dogs can be read in the same manner. So always be vigilant in how dogs express themselves.
You might be surprised that some dogs aren’t friendly at all while others can be touched and cuddled without aggression.
Playful Dogs vs. Fearful Canines
If a dog is being playful, his tail is up while front legs are on the ground. They will give you an alert look and may bark to show excitement.
Interested dogs also show an alert look while they stand with their mouth slightly open.
On the other hand, a fearful canine tends to recoil with tail tucked and ears flat. If their teeth are bared and hackles are raised, that means they are aggressive.
Be careful with these signs as they may bite even without showing dominance.
The primary way of dogs to communicate with their masters is through body language. However, they may also vocalize and express what they want through distinctive barking. Barks can mean differently, such as when seeing an intruder, feeling happy that you’re home, or showing genuine happiness while playing.
So, how much do you know your pet? Is he always a good dog or sometimes naughty?