Your dog is your best friend and as with any friend you want to be able to communicate with him as much as possible, and in our article we will help you so you know how to understand your dog.
Discover your dog's movements
Examine your dog's eyes
When a dog becomes frightened, their eyes will widen, and you will often be able to see the whites of their eyes.
If this happens it means that they are on high alert and trying to see everything around them at once.
It is often helpful to provide your dog with a "safe place", especially in your home.
A crate, blanket, or private corner of the sofa can be a great place to retreat your dog when he is anxious.
Check if your dog is licking his mouth frequently
Any kind of repetitive behavior such as licking their mouth when there is no apparent trigger for the behavior is a sign of anxiety.
If the dog does not eat and is constantly licking around his mouth, this means that he is not feeling safe.
Watch the surroundings to see if there is anything you can do to help them feel better.
A dog who licks his leg frequently often shows signs of anxiety.
Repeated licking can be a soothing behavior when a dog does not know whether to run away or fight.
Observe the dog's tail
If the tail bone is under the dog and between its legs, this is a sign of anxiety.
Restless dogs may still wag their tails sometimes, although the tailbone will still be running down and the blow will be low and slow.
The best way to learn to read a dog's tail is to observe what the dog does in situations where he is not under stress.
This way you will be able to notice abnormal behavior when it occurs.
Determine your dog's body language
Find the ears
When you are near a dog, check the position of their ears. If their ears are upright, this means that they are comfortable and know their surroundings but are not anxious, aggressive, or overly enthusiastic.
If your dog drops his head to the side while his ears are upright, this means that he is trying to understand you or his surroundings.
You can tell how your dog feels if he has floppy ears you just need to check the base of their ears to see which direction they are pointing.
Check the dog's tail
A comfortable or terrifying dog will have a tail that lightly rolls back and forth or a tail that strongly waves back and forth depending on the level of excitement.
The main thing to pay attention to is that the actual tailbone remains comfortable.
When the body is stiff or upright this may mean that they feel aggressive or overly alert.
If your dog's tail is firm, low and wiggles slowly this could be a sign of aggression. Watch your dog carefully if you notice this.
Although there are similarities between all dogs and their body language, every individual dog can act uniquely.
Pay attention to your dog's tail during times when you know it is comfortable or playful. This will provide you with a baseline of what is "normal" for your dog.