Dog Body Language – Understanding them better

Dogs don’t speak the language of humans. But they do communicate. Just like us, they feel happy, sad, aggressive, insecure, uncomfortable, suppressed, etc. But do we always understand them properly? We come to a conclusion by assessing their behaviour but the fact is we don’t know how accurate we are. Often, the ones who master the understanding of dog body language is regarded as a great owner or a great dog sitter. Here are the things all dog owners should absolutely know.

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Sometimes your dog is anxious and not disobedient

It often happens that you feel your pet dog is being naughty and evasive to your commands. Many of us relate to it as dog mood shifts and let it pass. The rest continue in their quest to make it abide. The truth is that your dog may be anxious or tensed leading to displacement behaviour. Displacement behaviour is the prevalence of conflicting actions in relation to the current situation. For ex- yawning immediately after waking up, avoiding regular people at home, etc. The main symptoms of displacement include

  • licking chops even when the dog is not hungry

  • self-sniffing and fondling without any traceable objective

  • Shaking body when it is dry like it would when wet in a bathtub

These behaviors are out of context and can be related to displacement and generally results out of anxiety. Dog Sitters and owners should be aware of this fact.

You know it’s happiness galore when

Dogs are generally happy when around their original owners. But when effective dog care is entrusted with in-house pet sitting, the sitter should be completely attuned to the different body language that the dog might exhibit. Often, dog sitting is easy when the dog is happy. The main symptoms include.

  • When the eyes are relaxed and normal in shape and size.

  • A happy dog will not appear intimidating to you as mostly it will have its mouth closed and not flaunt its canines.

  • Its paws are retreating or covered under its body ensuring that it has no intention to strike and is pretty content and happy.

  • Gentle and uniform wagging of the tail from side to side in its usual position.

  • Desperate for attention and care and generally follows instructions.

A dog does bite

Now it is not the best idea, especially for a stranger or a new dog sitter to try and make ways with the dog by being playful and loving and not in the mood. A dog usually bites when it is aggressive. During this time, one should avoid making eye contact with it and not try to caress its head or take any of its belongings. The common symptoms to watch out for include

  • when the dog remains motionless and stiff

  • when it curls its’ lips up and shows its teeth along with larger eyes

  • Persistent loud barking without any reason & non-compliance of orders

  • Unusual wagging of tail which is not uniform in nature

  • when the dog is upright and in its tallest position, as if ready to strike.

Dogs do delve in depression

A depressed dog is one of the most unenterprising and sorry sights in life. Just like humans, they can be mentally affected and as a result be sad and upset. One should know how to interpret dog body language properly to decipher this fact. You can be sure that your dog is sad when

  • your dog has a considerable decrease in appetite

  • playing time is not an aspect of motivation & happiness anymore

  • sleeping for long hours even after the usual duration

  • it hides behind barriers and don’t want to face anybody, not even its’ master and wants to be left alone.

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