Interpret dogs’ body language
It is well known that dogs are very sociable animals and naturally conceive their life in the context of a pack, whether it is a pack formed by other dogs or their human family.
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Of course, nature has also endowed them with the necessary language to establish a communication that allows them to keep the pack in harmony, and this communication is used as much with other dogs as with humans, and if we do not inform ourselves before, we can not decipher all that that our dog wants to transmit.
To better understand your dog and be able to provide you with the greatest welfare, in this article of ExpertAnimal we will explain how to interpret the body language of dogs .
Signs of calm
Surely you have heard of the signs of calm in the dog , although the use of this term may cause some confusion. Puppies use these signs to convey calmness to their peers, to their human family or even to themselves, a sign of calmness in its essence is a response to an external stimulus.
The dog can use them to minimize their arousal, to prevent a threat, to establish friendship … But signs of calm may also indicate that a dog is frightened, stressed or angry.
Signs of calm are a very important part of dogs’ body language, however, they are not the only ones that exist , as dogs can use other types of signals to convey excitement, threat or aggressiveness.
Learn to interpret the most important signs of calm
There are approximately 30 different calm signs and their meaning may vary slightly depending on whether the dog uses them with another dog or with a human. Therefore, it is very difficult to approach this topic in depth and complete, but if that is your intention we recommend the book ” The Language of Dogs: The Signs of Calm ” by writer Turid Rugaas.
However, we will then decipher to you what your puppy means when using some of the most common signs of calm:
- Blinking repeatedly : When a dog repeatedly blinks, it is telling you that you feel stressed and uncomfortable before an external stimulus (usually an order) and that you want to appease the moods.
- Turning the head to one side : It is a sign much used by dogs when a human leans excessively over him to give him an order. With this signal the dog indicates to us that it feels uncomfortable, the same thing happens when it looks aside to avoid the eye contact.
- Turning your back : If the dog turns its back on you, it can be mainly for two reasons: either you are very excited and startled and you need to reduce this energy very quickly and the stimuli you are receiving, or feel that you are approaching him angry and tries to reassure you.
- Yawning : When a dog yawns is trying to reassure itself in a situation that it understands as not being calm and, it may also be trying to reassure its human family.
- Relamber and lamber : This sign of calm can have several meanings. When a dog licks it can be interpreted as a social interaction and a demonstration of joy. In contrast, when a dog licks its muzzle it may indicate that it is frightened, nervous or uncomfortable.
- Lie down on your stomach : It’s one of the signs that your dog uses to demonstrate great confidence in you, when a dog puts on like this it is totally submissive and surrenders totally to itself.
One of the most important benefits of knowing these signs of calm is that you can also use them with your dog, in this way he will easily understand what you want to convey.
Body signs before a bite
If we are talking about canine body language, one of the most valuable knowledge is knowing how to identify when a dog poses a threat and prepares for a bite, in which case the signs are usually the following:
- He shows uncomfortable looking at the other side, turning around, yawning and moving slowly.
- He scratches and smells the ground.
- It shows signs of stress : the loin of your loins bristles, gasps, the pupils dilate and the eyes wide open, it can also shake and shake. These signs indicate that the dog is preparing to flee or attack .
- The dog stops showing signs, stays still and focuses on their threat if it has not been able to neutralize it.
- The dog growls and shows its teeth.
- Finally, he makes an attack and marks or bites into an act of self-defense or as defense of something or someone he considers to belong to him.
Of course, if we know the body language of dogs this process does not have to occur at all, because we can act depending on what our dog is manifesting, managing to calm it down.