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How to understand and read your dog’s body language

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www.barkerandbarkertreats.co.uk This slideshow will help anyone who is trying to get a better understanding of their dog and a better relationship with their dog.

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How to understand and read your dog’s body language

  1. 1. Do you ever wonder what your dog is trying to tell you? It would be so much easier if they could just speak! However there is a way for a dog to communicate with you. There are plenty of facial expressions and body postures to help you understand!
  2. 2. If your dog is feeling relaxed and approachable your dog should be showing the following signs: - Tail down and relaxed - Ears up (not forward) - Head high - Mouth open slightly, tongue exposed - Loose stance, weight flat on feet
  3. 3. If your dog is feeling alert and checking things out then your dog should be showing the following signs: - Tail may move slightly from side to side - Slight forward lean standing tall on toes - Mouth closed - Smooth nose and forehead - Eyes wide - Ears forward (may twitch as if trying to catch a sound) - Tail horizontal (not stiff)
  4. 4. If your dog is feeling fearful or aggressive then your dog should be showing the following signs: - Body lowered - Hackles raised - Ears back - Pupils dilated - Nose wrinkled - Lips slightly curled (teeth may be some visible) - Corner of mouth pulled back - Tail tucked (little or no movement)
  5. 5. If your dog is feeling stressed and distressed then your dog should be showing the following signs: - Body lowered - Ears back - Pupils dilated - Rapid panting with corner of mouth back - Sweating through pads - Tail down
  6. 6. If your dog is feeling worried then your dog should be showing the following signs: - Body lowered - Ears back - Forehead smooth - Eye contact brief and indirect - Licks at the air - Paw raised - May leave sweaty footprints - Tail down (may wag slightly)
  7. 7. If your dog is feeling playful then your dog should be showing the following signs: - Tail up - Tail may broadly wave - Ears up - Pupils dilated - Mouth open, tongue may be exposed - Frond end of their body lowered by bent forepaws - Dog will hold this position for a moment before running or barking
  8. 8. Please view the following link if you are a pet lover www.barkerandbarkertreats.co.uk Or call us on 0845 519 8803

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