Speak Dog Language
to speak dog language is not that hard, but you need to know a few basic
things to be good at it! Speaking dog is all about identifying dog
body language. In fact, this is crucial for anyone who may
encounter a stray or unfamiliar dog.
don't use words to communicate like we do. However, they do have a
language and they are able to express how they feel and tell us
what they need or want. Learning to speak dog is part of the
bonding process. Most behavior problems are based on the fact that
we can't understand them, or because we completely misunderstand
them. Some people actually
expect them to learn how to interact with us but don't feel the
need to learn to
understand them. We often misinterpret their language and
this can be dangerous.
Here is a look at basic dog language.
This is one of the easiest things to recognize. An aggressive
dog will have it's ears back flat against his head, have the hair on
it's back raised and his body will be stiff with its tail
straight out or raised slightly. The dog may also verbalize
it's intentions by growling and showing it's teeth.
Dominance is often confused with aggression. Dominant dogs
still may growl or bark, but the hair on their back will be
down and the ears will be erect or tilted forward. In a
dominate state, the dogs eyes will be WIDE open and the tail
will be pointed up and slowly wagging. The other main sign
will be that the dog's mouth will be closed and the head may
be slightly down or level with the shoulder blades.
A fearful dog
will cower trying to look smaller. It will avoid eye contact
and may even try to move away. It's tall will be pinned
between it's legs. When approached, the dog way quiver, show
it's teeth and growl.
Shy dogs will show hesitation, may cower slightly and will put
it's head down and turn away. It will often avoid eye contact
the way a fearful dog does. Shy dogs may try to avoid physical
contact and may also wine slightly when approached.
Happy dogs are the easiest ones to spot. Their ears are
forward, their tails are wagging and the
mouth is open slightly but teeth are not visible. They
may also be panting excitedly, bouncing around, excitedly circling,
spinning and even yipping. When they want to play, they will
bow down with their front legs extended, and their tail will
be wagging quickly or around in circles.
is a look at some of the common body language cue's that dogs
who are acting aggressive of fearful are more likely to bite and
should be left alone. If you are approached by an aggressive of fearful
it is important that you do NOT panic or show fear. If you show
panic or fear you are showing weakness and you increase your
chances of being attacked.
dogs can be very covert and subtle in their body language while others can be
very transparent. If you are not sure about how a dog is acting,
you should slowly walk away without turning your back to the
dog. A child should NEVER approach a strange dog
when the owner, parent or guardian is not there. This goes for dogs
that are behaving normally as well as those who are not. For
the sake of safety, you should always ask the owner if it is
OK to approach ANY dog no matter how cute it is.