What is the dog’s body language?
Body language is a gesture or facial expression that is a sign that you can determine where your dog is currently. Dogs use them to convey their current feelings and intentions to others.
In short, as an owner, learning your dog’s body language will give you a better understanding of what your dog is feeling and trying to convey.
As mentioned above, body language mainly shows changes in gestures, facial expressions, and tail movements. Identifying them and remembering what they mean will help you in your daily communication.
Basic body language of the dog:
Now that we know that body language is a means of communication for dogs to convey their feelings and intentions, let’s basically see what body language is available. Here are five basic body languages.
1. Open your eyes wide
First of all, if you open your eyes more than usual and make a gesture like staring at something, you are paying attention to something.
This can be a positive psychological state, but it can also be a negative psychological state, so it is necessary to understand the environment and circumstances at that time and make a judgment.
Typical examples we are looking at are “speech bubble” and “unknown person”. For example, a treat is a positive psychological state because it means that you are paying attention to the expectation of giving.
On the other hand, when a stranger comes home and opens his eyes, it shows that anxiety, tension, and attention are mixed and focused.
2. Shut your mouth tight
This has the same meaning as “opening your eyes wide” and continues to attract attention. But the only difference is that it does not have a positive meaning and is the body language that you see when you are alert to anxiety and tension.
When you open your mouth, the sound of your breathing gets in the way and you can’t hear the surrounding sounds, so close your mouth tightly and listen to the sound.
By listening to the sounds, you can detect what is happening inside and outside the house and show his instincts.
3. Lower the tail and roll it up
Lowering your tail or snuggling into your body can cause you anxiety. The feeling of “fear” becomes stronger, and even if you are afraid, the tail will be in this state, so the owner must find out the cause of fear and eliminate it.
If you are mischievous and your tail curls when you are angry with your owner, it is proof that you are scared. Don’t be so mad. It also has the meaning of obedience and “surrender. I will not attack.”
4. Shake the tail in a high position
Many people can learn this body language, but wagging the tail from side to side in an elevated position represents a positive psychological state of “happiness” and “fun.”
Besides these feelings, I’m not a bit excited, especially when I wag my tail in a big, high position. For example, when they showed me a snack or played games, I was excited to say, “Maybe I can get it!” In addition to fun and amusement. And “It’s fun to play!”
By the way, the author’s dog understands that if you hold the leash before the walk, it is a walk, and it seems that you are looking at it with your eyes while wagging your tail in a high position.
5. Look away
It is a gesture that shows a human-like psychological state, but in the case of dogs, this gesture is body language to tell the other person that there is no hostility. By telling the other party that there is no hostility, it becomes a kind of communication method to prevent attacks.
It is a gesture that you can see when you try to finish it gently, so that you can see it when you are angry at home or when you think the owner is upset.
Also, while walking, if another dog comes from the front and turns his back on him and approaches the moment, he sees it, he says, “I’m not hostile. I want to get along.”
What did you think? Just knowing this basic body language will help you communicate with your dog. There are several other body languages, so if you are interested, check it out.