A guide to dog behaviour and what it means
Pet Breeders December 4, 2017

A guide to dog behaviour and what it means

Since eons, dogs have been a man’s best friend. Dogs have been assisting humans in every possible way that you can think of such as in searching for food, hunting animals, protecting your home and children, and the list is endless. If they mean so much to us, it is imperative that we should also understand dog behaviour. Understanding dog behaviour is no rocket science, it simply means that you keep an eye on his behaviour. There are various signs which indicate how your dog is feeling. Here are a few bodily cues to help in understanding dog behaviour:

A happy relaxed dog:

A dog with a normal relaxed body posture, mouth open, ears in normal position, tail wagging rhythmically, and normal eyes means a happy and relaxed dog. He stretches himself to say hello and welcome you.

A playful dog:

His bottom raised, smooth hair, tail in upright position and wagging profusely, eyes and ears in normal shape and position. A playful dog can be seen barking excitedly. He will be loose and all wiggly.

A frightened dog:

With a body and head bent low while standing and his tail tucked between his legs. The dog will be suspicious and will not like anybody coming near them.

An uninterested dog:

When the dog is lying down and trying to avoid any eye contact with you, it means he is not interested. He will turn his head away and he will keep licking his mouth.

An uncomfortable dog:

The dog will be sitting with his head lowered, ears stretched back, and his tail is tucked away. He does not make any eye contact, yawns while raising a front paw. The dog will try to shrink away indicating that he is uncomfortable.

An unhappy dog:

A stiff body posture with all his weight falling forward and ears pulled in upright position means that the dog is angry. The pupils of his eyes will be dark and enlarged, he will keep staring at you. His tail would be stiff and with a wrinkled nose will mean that he is cross about something.

An angry dog:

A dog in fight mode will be standing with body down and weight towards the back while his head will be tilted upwards. His mouth drawn back and teeth exposed, eyes staring, ears back and down, and he is snarling with anger.

A bored dog:

A dog who is found chewing on something which he is not supposed to indicates that he is anxious or simply bored. However, he might also be teething. Understanding dog behaviour will help in not keeping things lying around within your dog’s easy reach.

With these few tips, you will be able to understand and know the behavior of your dog in a better way.

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