How to Read Your Dog's Body Language

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Do you wonder what your dog is thinking or saying? While dogs can't communicate with us using words, they often communicate through barking, growls, or whimpers. Their body language can speak volumes about how they are feeling as well. 

Let's start with tail wagging. As most of you know, tail wagging often means your dog is excited. When your dog gets really happy or excited, their tail may wag in a circular motion, also known as a helicopter tail wag. This happy wag is often seen when a dog greets someone they know and love. 

The position of your dog's tail can also send nonverbal cues. The higher the tail is, the more alert or dominant your dog could be. When your dog is relaxed, their tail will be in a neutral position, the neutral position varies between breeds. When the tail is in a downward or between their legs, your dog may be feeling stressed or fearful. Provide your furry loved one with some extra love in times when they might be fearful or stressed. 

Did you know depending on your dog, the raising of the hair on their back could mean they are excited or it could mean they are stressed or angry? The raising of the hair on their back, shoulders, or other areas is often an involuntary reaction dogs have to a certain emotion. 

Next, let's talk about dog postures. Dogs have many different postures and while all dogs are different, in general here's what each posture means. If your dog is hunched over, they are likely feeling scared, stressed or fearful. If your dog is leaning or shifting their weight forward, they might simply have something peaking their interest or it could be a sign of aggression. The pounce position is often a playful position. Dogs use this position to initiate play with you or other dogs. 

Next, let's talk about your dog's yawn. Dogs can yawn for multiple reasons. Often it is because they are tired or bored. 

Last, let's talk about the dog's smile and showing their teeth. This is often a confusing body language to understand because some dogs do this to indicate they are happy or enjoying something, while other dogs do it as a sign of aggression. 

We hope this taught you something new but we know at the end of the day, you know your dog best :)

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