Understanding Your Dog Behavior
You need to be attentive and observant to catch any possible change in your dog behavior. Dogs cannot talk, but their body language is clear. Here’s a simple guide to recognize it.
A dog who is happy will be relaxed: his body posture is relaxed, as well as his ears. His mouth is usually open, tail wagging, face is alert and interested. A dog with buttom raised, high wegging tail, ears in natural position and barking excitedly, is inviting you to play.
When a dog is worried and feels uncomfortable: his head position is low, tail is tucked under and ears are back. He can also avoid eye contact and turn his head away from you.
A dog who is angry, unhappy and is rejecting you: the dog stands with a stiffened body posture, ears up, eyes looking at you, tails up and stiff. Another sign of fear and rejection is qhen the dog is lying down cowering, ears back, tail between his legs, teeth showing, snarling.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s behaviour speak to your vet first who may then refer you to a clinical animal behaviourist.
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