Although, your dog does not speak, in the sense in which we give humans the term, it communicates in different ways. That you know how to interpret the language of your dog is fundamental so that you can understand what you feel, want and need without the words mediating.
Your dog does not speak but …
Sometimes words are redundant or misinterpreted. Words can also express lies. Because,It is good that you can interpret what your dog says through more unmistakable signals.
A dog communicates through:
- Tail movements
- Movements of the ears
- Body postures
- Facial expressions
"If the dogs could talk, maybe getting along with them would be as difficult as with the people"
To understand your dog
Beyond the fact that dogs can recognize some of the words we say to them, they do not need them to realize our moods and what is happening to us.
It is important then that you also learn to recognize what your dog is telling you with the different forms of communication used.
For that,it is necessary to observe it with patience and dedication, until learning to read between the lines and detect subtleties.
What a dog says with its tail and its ears
The tail of a dog gives clear signals:
- When he does not stop shaking him vigorously, he is happy.
- If the wiggle is slow, it is cautious.
- Rigid and raised means warning sign.
- Between the legs it translates as fear.
On the other hand, The ears of a dog, unlike those of humans, are highly expressive. For example:
- Erect forward or upward is a sign that you are paying attention. It can also indicate curiosity or intention to do something.
- Against the head is synonymous with fear or threat.
- Forward, but close to the head, may indicate aggressiveness.
- Backwards, but without being crushed, they signal unhappiness, anxiety or uncertainty.
Eyes that talk
The eyes of your hairy can become as communicative as yours. So pay close attention to their looks.
- Eyes wide open indicate that he is alert and playful; The squinting can mean that he feels aggressive and ready to attack.
- If you stare, express a challenging and dominant behavior.
- If you avoid contact with your eyes you may be showing respect or submission.
- If it blinks or winks it is being playful.
Gestures and postures
Pay attention also to these details:
- If you throw belly up may be showing respect to the authority or passive resistance to a perceived threat.
- If you feel threatened, the hair on your back may become bristly.
- If you are scared or insecure, you may cower or crouch.
- If you have your tail down but there is a minimum of movement, it could indicate that you are sad or not feeling well.
- When he is willing to attack, he is very likely to show the white part of his eyes and look directly to its potential threat. Surely, also his tail will be low, his body will be rigid and leaning forward, and will show his teeth.
On the other hand, the dogs express discomfort in various ways. For example:
- They sneeze or yawn excessively.
- They lick their lips.
- They put the body rigid.
Learning to differentiate the barking of your dog and its other sonic expressions will help you to understand it better. As an example:
- A sharp and rapid bark indicates aggression and territoriality. One guttural and short is a warning of a potential danger. A short, sharp one is a sign of friendship.
- The low-pitched grunt shows aggression. But if it is presented as a murmur it means joy. If it is soft, it is a game indicator.
- The long, sustained howl signals separation and loneliness. If it is short and sharp and increasing, it indicates happiness or emotion. The "siren type" is a response to another howl or constant noise.
- Short whimpers indicate fear or anxiety. If the tone is low, it means anxiety or submission. Acute tone denotes a request for attention or severe pain.
With all this battery of tools to communicate, if above the dog spoke would be almost an excess.