Body Language of Dogs: Saying “Hi” or “Bye”

Ever wondered why does your dog keep licking at other dogs, especially on the face? Or the position of the ears often confuses you to the actual meaning or message that your dog is trying to convey across? There are actually more examples that we can think of, especially when it comes to dogs communicating with one another using their body.

Here is some of the body language that the dog displays, and accompanying it will be the description of the information that the dog is trying to portray.

Ears

This is one of the most common body movements that we might know. When the dog’s ears are erect, it does mean that they are alert, ready for any sudden change or sound. When the ear is leaning to the back, it says that they are in a fearful mood.

Tongue

When dogs lick another dog around the face, it does mean that they are actually expressing their fondness towards the other dog. Of course, if the dogs are licking affectionately, then it says that they are attracted to one another.

Tail

We probably know this already. When the dog’s tail is down, it means that she is feeling scared and timid. On the contrary, if the tail is facing upwards, it can mean that the dog is happy. Of course, there can be false positives, in the sense that dogs can also display aggression by wagging their tails in the upright position. One good way to differentiate between a normal wag and the aggressive one is to look at your dog’s teeth. If she is baring her teeth, then obviously she is in an aggressive mode. This brings us to the next point.

Head

Not many people know that the position of the dog’s head does indicate its current temperament, which will directly impact the way at which the dogs communicate with one another. If your dog’s head is tilted sideways, it is actually expressing curiosity. However, if the dog’s head is high and the front legs are on the floor, and the rear legs are standing high, it is a sign of aggressiveness, and you should try to separate the dogs.

Mouth

Of course, this is one of the easiest to spot. When dogs pants while they are beside each other, it is a clear indication that they are in a playful mood and wants to play with the other dog. However, if the dog is appearing to be smiling, yet growling with that low rumble in their throat, you should start to take precautions, as this is a sign of aggressiveness.

Conclusion

With the above examples, it can be quite clear to note that there is no clear-cut indication of the dog’s temperament. At times, it can take a few combinations of the body movements before you can determine the dog’s intended message across to the other dog.

Now that you know some of the body movements that you should be aware of, are there more examples that you can think of?

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