How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Dog Behavior
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If you have owned a dog for even a few days you will have no doubt began to learn how to read your dogs body language. Most of us can easily tell a friendly dog from one that is not so easy to get along with. Like most people we want to know how our dog is feeling, and yes, dog’s do have feelings and emotions. They experience stress, and can become upset, angry, frightened, anxious and unsure.



However to some people, learning how to read your dogs body language is more about understanding dog behavior and using that insight to determine what methods of training can be applied to counter act any unwanted behavior. In some instances our attempts to restrain the dog from snapping and lunging may become quite aggressive, yelling at the dog, pulling and jerking on the leash, and just plain man-handling the animal is the reason he got upset and felt he had no choice but to bite in the first place.



Just because your dog is exhibiting certain body language it is not easy to predict what he is going to do, this is because there are many meanings to different gestures, for example, if your dog is growling this doesn’t necessarily mean he is going to bite, because fearful, and untrained dogs are more likely to bite, in reality growling dogs very seldom bite where as some dogs bite without any apparent reason.



You should never guess why a dog is growling, some dogs growl because they feel threatened, or the are fearful, anxious, or a middle ranking dog who is looking to elevate his position in the pack.Growling is a learned behavior, maybe its what he does when he wants to play, or it’s time to go for a walk. Some dogs are very vocal by nature and will use a wide variety of sounds to communicate with their owners and other dogs.



The truth of the matter is that we can never really know how our dog is feeling or what they are thinking simply by learning how to read your dog’s body language. It’s more about being connected with your dog and communicate with them in a kind and loving way. Have fun with you dog while you train the behaviors you want. Train them to understand words associated with desired behavior, such as sit, come down, go to your place, ect.



If you treat your dog with respect and make training fun, you will build a bond of trust that will ensure your dog will do what you ask, not because he has to, but because he want’s to.
If you have any questions about this or any topic, or maybe you have an idea about a topic you would like me to write about, then please let me know via the contact form on this page.





You can also grab a copy of my free  report, How to Have a Well Trained Dog in 4 Easy Steps, just fill out your info in the contact form and I will send you the report.

Harley E Harrington


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