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.

· Rapid Wag with Tail Held Very Low: Experts say that this is a sign of submissiveness. When your pet does this wag, it may indicate that your furry baby is ready to obey you. You may take this opportunity to train your dog, give some commands, or correct its bad behavior.

Ear Movements/Positions

· Ears Inclined Forward: This ear position indicates curiosity of your dog. It means that your pet is closely paying attention to a particular happening in the environment.

· Ears Pulled Back Flat Against Head: It means your pet is afraid of something. You may cuddle your furry little buddy to ease its fear.

Mouth Movements

· Mouth Curled while Teeth are Visible and Muzzle is Wrinkled: This means your dog is extremely mad.

· Smiling Mouth: Your dog expresses its happiness and would love to play with you. Take the chance to please your pet.

These are just few of the various body movements that indicate how a dog feels. You may learn about such movements by reading some reliable materials or by consulting an expert.

Indeed, dogs have emotions, just like humans. Therefore, you should make an effort to understand how your pet feels in order to provide its emotional needs. Remember that a pet should be treated like a family member. Your pooch is a part of your household and you are responsible for its well-being. As a dog parent, it is your duty to make your pet feel comfortable, happy, and safe. A dog is a good companion; it is loyal and will stay with you through thick and thin. So yes, your pooch truly deserves to receive enough love and attention from you.