If only dogs could talk, this world would be a better place. Instead of trying to decipher the wagging tail, the raised ears, the intensity of the howl and the scratching of their feet, wouldn’t it be great if the communication between you and your best friend were direct?
Let’s look at cues or tips that dogs give us which help us understand them better. Similar to humans, the majority of communications occurs through body language. This is what causes a large number of disagreements and misunderstandings come about. Let’s cut through the haze and figure this out.
Your Dog’s Tail
Just by looking at the movement of your dog’s tail you can tell a lot about what they’re feeling. First, notice when your dog’s tail is lowered and they wag it slowly. They’re trying to tell you that they have no clue of what you are trying to ask of them or expect him to do. If the motion changes from slow wags to rapid ones, this tells you that you are in command and they’re submitting to you.
If your dog’s tail is raised and wagging slightly, your dog is sending out a challenge to you. They think in that particular moment they’re the “dog-in-authority.” For cases when you notice their tail is tucked between their legs, it’s likely that they’re feeling afraid, in pain or scared.
Your Dog’s Eyes
Just like the human eyes acts as the windows to the soul, the same goes for a dog. When you see your dog’s eyes wide open, alert, and glistening with hope, they’re demanding attention that you need to respond to. When your dog squints and blinks with happiness, in anticipating what you might do, they’re telling you they’re ready to play.
Your Dog’s Ears
You might not know it but in terms of doggy language, ears are often the most neglected aspect of their body language. But, as a responsible dog parent, you shouldn’t forget that this is an important factor in how your dog communicates with you.
If your dog’s ears are up and inclined forward, they’re telling you that they’re curious and would like to roam around and explore the environment. If you see your dog’s ears flat upon they’re face, know that they’re afraid.
Your Dog’s Stance
It’s a dead giveaway when you see your dog in a playful stance and then they roll over and expose their belly. You instinctively know they’re demanding belly rubs and some loving from you. If your dog touches your hand with they’re nose, know that they need attention or some good old petting.
As a dog owner, you should always be sensitive enough to pick up the cues and signals your pet gives you so you know what to do.