The Basics of Dog Body Language

Do you have a dog at home? How much do you know your pet? Being a good dog parent is not limited to feeding your pooch properly and giving it a convenient area to stay. It is not limited to providing the basic needs of your pooch. Dogs have feelings too; hence you should also provide your pet with its emotional needs. As a pet owner, you become responsible for the welfare of your dog. Therefore, you should do everything to take care of its well-being. You can only do it if you understand dog body language, which may indicate how your pet is feeling. Learning about dogs’ emotions can actually be easy for you, for dogs are expressive animals. They intend to convey how they feel, may it be happiness, sadness, fear, pain, or nervousness. You just have to focus on how their certain body parts move.

Below are some of the body movements to watch out in your pet:

Tail Wagging

Some people think that tail wagging is a sign of happiness. While it may be true, it is important to know that there are different types of emotions associated with tail wagging.

· Broad Wag: This is the type of wag that indicates a dog’s happiness. If your pet gives you a broad wag, it is an opportunity for you to play with your pooch and make it even happier.

· Slow Wag with Tail Held Low: This may be an indication of sadness, insecurity, or uncertainty. You may ease your pet’s negative feelings by playing with it or doing something new. Continue reading “The Basics of Dog Body Language”