How often have you watched your dog and tried to read him just as
well? Do you know what it means when they bark or stretch or jump? Do
you ever consider what your dog really wants just by observing them?
Apparently, body language isn’t only meaningful in relation to human
beings. Yes, that means animals, dogs for that matter, also have a rich
body language that they use to great effect. We can eavesdrop on what a
dog is telling you by knowing a little bit about how dogs behave when
they are relaxed, happy, nervous, frustrated or angry. Want to know what
your dog actually tells you?
Check out these 17 Dog Behaviors And What They Really Mean:
1. Greeting Stretch
When you come home from work or school and your dog greets you with a
stretch, that means that he is saying hello to you. Yes, that’s right!
Contrary to what most people believe, you dog didn’t just wake up from a
short nap or doing puppy yoga. Next time your puppy greets you with a
stretch, it would be great to give him a little pat or a greeting too.
2. Barking And More Barking
By their very nature, dogs bark to raise an alarm of a possible danger.
It also serves as a means of communication among canines. However, when
dogs bark incessantly, it may mean a whole lot of thing. There are those
who seem to bark infinitely due to separation anxiety, health issues,
lack of exercise or your dog simply wants to get your attention.
Every dog owner may have already noticed that dogs bow when they want to
play. Typically that involves their bodies wiggling and their tails
wagging. Of course, if you want to engage into a game with your pet dog,
you also have to do some human version of a play bow. That means you’ll
have to quickly crouch into a squat and if your dog bows, then it’s
4. Sniffing Butts
It may seem a little awkward, but in the dog’s world, sniffing butts is a
way of saying, “Hello, nice to meet you.” Why the sniffing? According
to studies, a dog’s ability to smell is 10,000 times better than human
beings. And the same is a way for the dogs to get to know each other.
5. Running At You
Two things should be considered when your dogs come running at you.
First, they are just being playful. Second, they are going attack you.
Well, the latter case rarely applies to dog owners with their own pets
running at them. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that when a
dog approaches looking very aggressive, you have to turn away.
On the other hand, if your furry buddy looks playful, you may want to
consider bending your knee. Dogs’ playful behavior can be very rough
and when they come running at you, you might easily be knocked over.
6. Showing Dominance
When dogs act aggressively against other animals, you can as well expect
a fight especially when no sign of retaliation is apparent from either
side. In this photo, it is clear that the Dalmatian is in danger as the
Border Collie is bolting forward showing his dominance.
7. Find A Comfy Position
Ever noticed your furry best friend walking in circle before lying down
in their bed? Well, that’s one curious ritual believed by Behaviorists
as having its inception from dog’s ancestors living in the wild as they
walk around a spot to pat down the leaves to create a nice and relaxing
8. Around And Around We Go
If you had a tail, wouldn’t you chase it? Seriously though, this amusing
behavior is your dog’s way of expending excess energy. However, when
your dog does this behavior constantly, this might be a sign of more
serious condition including anal gland problems, flea allergy dermatitis
or obsessive-compulsive disorder.
9. I Will Rip It To Shreds
Pretty much like a child growing up, dogs will play and will want to
chew on toys and each and every object they encounter as a way of
relieving the pain of a new set of teeth coming in. For fully grown dogs
still chewing your couch cushion or shoes, it could be a sign of
separation anxiety or boredom.
10. Howling At The Moon
It is said that wolves howl to send messages to their pack members.
Well, this seems to be reasonable for wolves living in the wild where
they have to send messages to their members who might be far away. But
for domesticated canines, what does howling mean? According to some
Behaviorists, howling is a behavior passed on from their ancestral
cousins. It can be a means of communication, but mostly it is
instinctive and plain rewarding for dogs.
Panting is a common behavior when pups get excited, in pain, anxious,
stressed or scared. Dogs sweat through the pads on their feet and they
expel body heat through their mouth when they pant. Basically, panting
is dog’s way of regulating body temperature.
12. Don’t Come Any Closer!
See that look on his face? That means “I mean business, so don’t cross
me.” Pretty scary, right? When your dog transforms and his entire body
is stiff, tail up in the air with head and neck raised high and back,
that means that your dog is very suspcious and is ready to take on a
fight. Remember not to grab the dog’s collar as you may sustain a dog
13. Dog Biting
Dog biting occurs when your buddy is reacting in aggression, fear or
nervousness. It is thus very important to know your dog’s body language
to prevent a dog bite from ever happening. Sometimes, dogs suddenly bite
when they are being possessive of their food or area or when they are
frightened or in pain. Their ears are typically pinned back and the fur
along their back may stand up. When you see this kind of behavior, do
not engage or handle them with utmost care.
14. Humpity Dumpity
Dogs masturbate. That’s basically the entire point of dogs humping
against toys or just about anything. However, not all people realize
that masturbating is true of all dogs, whether your dog is male or
female, or even if they’ve been spayed or neutered. However, when your
dogs do this every time especially when playing with other pups, this
might be a sign of under-socialization. To address this problem, plan
more doggy play-dates so they can get used to the way they’re supposed
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