How to understand your dog?
What a pity that dogs cannot speak! Or do they know how? It’s just that their “language” does not consist of words that are familiar to us, but of signs. These signs can tell us about the dog’s feelings, about her attitude to what is happening, to others and, of course, to ourselves. Want to learn how to interpret them? We will help you! 10 popular emotions of dogs – in our article.
And let’s start with the most recognizable sign! It is generally accepted that if a dog wags its tail, it means that it has a great mood. But in practice there are nuances. Now, if along with the tail the whole body wags from the shoulder blades to the toes, then the dog is really happy! But if the tail is raised, strained and only its tip wags, and the dog’s body is frozen and the mouth is tightly closed – beware! This means that the dog is very tense, she does not like something, and throwing her arms around is a bad decision. Here you can draw an analogy with cats. Remember, they wag their tail in displeasure? Contrary to stereotypes, so do dogs.
Slightly parted mouth, relaxed muzzle.
Smile! Yes, yes, try to smile and pay attention to the position of your lower jaw. During a smile, she drops slightly, and the upper and lower teeth no longer touch each other. The same thing happens with dogs! If the pet is satisfied, relaxed and happy, its mouth is slightly ajar and completely relaxed. You can consider this an analogue of a human smile!
How to better understand your dog?
Tightly closed mouth and body fading.
If the open mouth is a smile, then tightly closed, on the contrary, speaks of tension and alertness. And if the dog also froze in one pose, then this is a signal: be careful! Perhaps the pet is going to find out the relationship with an approaching relative or he doesn’t like that person with a huge backpack. The owner’s task: to defuse the situation, to distract the attention of the dog with something pleasant. Plugging her behind her ear in such a situation is a bad idea, and the Play command in combination with her favorite toy will even help!
Cynologists call flickering, flickering, or a glimpse of the tongue movements when the tongue quickly stretches forward and returns to the mouth just as quickly. In this way, the dog shows slight concern and demonstrates recognition of the superiority of the partner. “Flickering” languages can be seen on the playground, when several dogs meet each other and build relationships between themselves. Many dogs “flicker” with their tongues in front of the owners. If your pet does this, be sure: you are the undisputed leader for him.
Like us, dogs can yawn because of tiredness or lack of oxygen in the room, but not only because of this. Yawning in dogs is also a language of intraspecific communication. Norwegian dog handler Thurid Rugos calls it a “signal for reconciliation.” It is believed that animals yawn express their location and relieve stress in relatives. For example, dogs can exchange yawns in line with a veterinarian: they seem to cheer each other up.
Round eyes and back corners of the mouth.
Imagine the situation: the dog’s eyes are rounded, the mouth is tightly closed, the corners of the mouth are laid back, the teeth are bare, perhaps a growl is heard. Anyone understands: do not expect good. But these signs do not mean aggression, as you might think at first. They mean only one thing: fear. Of course, if necessary, the dog can go on the attack. But in this situation, it is she who needs protection.
Another interesting sign that can tell a lot about the feelings of the dog at a particular moment. Imagine that the direction of the dog’s face and gaze are separated. The pet seeks to turn its face away from the stimulus, but at the same time continues to look at it. The pupil shifts to one side to the outer corner of the eye, and mainly protein is visible from the side. This is the whale eye. It often appears in dogs when children squeeze them! As you may have guessed, pets do not really like such actions. They would be happy to turn away, but in fear of losing control of the situation they continue to watch their “tormentor.”
The dog turns away.
And since we mentioned the head turns, we continue the topic. If the dog turns its head away from you, it means that at the moment it does not want to communicate with you. It doesn’t matter that she sits motionless and does not budge (praise her for her good manners). In the same way, she can react to other people, animals and objects with which for some reason she does not want to contact.
How to understand a dog?
Eyebrow movement is also a manifestation of emotions. In this, dogs are like us (well, or we are like them). For example, raised eyebrows indicate anxiety, concern. So the dog watches you when you pack your suitcase for the upcoming trip. And the shifted and lowered eyebrows indicate tension, discontent, and rejection of the situation. Remember, and in a tense situation, we often wrinkle our eyebrows.