15 Useful Clues To Understand Your Dog Better

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Understanding a dog’s body language is essential for building a strong and trustworthy relationship with your four-legged friend. This is really important because dogs are a source of limitless positivity.

Do you know what your pet is trying to tell you in different situations? This article will help you understand your pet or any other dog. Here are some useful clues for you to understand your dog better.

1. The Dog Wags his Lowered Tail

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If the dog wags his tail slowly, this means he doesn’t understand what’s going on. The dog is asking you what you want him to do. So help him navigate the situation.

When the dog’s tail is wagging rapidly, this means he admits that you are in charge

2. The Tail is Raised and Tremors Slightly

This means your dog is issuing a challenge to your authority because he considers himself to be in charge of the situation. Here, your dog sees himself as brave and strong. He is in a good mood and trying to say, “I’m proud of myself. I’m feeling great!”

3. The Tail is Tucked Between the Legs

The tucked tail is a sign that the dog is scared, afraid of pain, or feels uncomfortable. Most often dogs tuck their tail between their legs when they are afraid of something or someone.

However, if there are no obvious reasons for concern and your pet tucks his tail quite often, take him to a vet.

4. The Eyes are Wide Open and Alert

This is how your pet tries to get your attention. This means He’s challenging you, also your dog expects you to respond firmly. Keep in mind that when you approach an unfamiliar dog, it’s better to avoid looking directly into his eyes.

For dogs, staring at the eyes means aggression.

5. Dogs Squints and Blinks

When dogs squint and blink, it means he’s ready to play. It’s time to throw him his favorite ball or take him for a walk. But If your dog squints a lot, his eyes might be in pain. In this case, It’s better to take him to a vet.

6. The Ears are Standing Straight Up or Inclined Forward

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Ears might also tell you something important about your pet’s move. This means your dog is showing you, he’s curious and reacting to some new event in its environment. This means your dog is paying close attention to everything happening around.

7. The Ears are Flattened Against the Head

It’s a sign that the dog is scared. Sometimes your pet may have only one ear down, and most of the time the left one. This is how dogs react to unfamiliar people or people they are afraid of. If nothing dangerous happens around, try to calm down your dog by petting it. In addition, take a closer look at your pet's face.

8. The Dog Yawn’s

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This means your dog is grumpy and nervous. Puppies do this quite often when they’re surrounded by big unfamiliar dogs. But if your pet yawns after you, this means he’s very attached to you. Also probably, it’s just late and time to sleep.

9. The Dog Exposes His Teeth, But There is No Snarling

This means the dog is protecting his territory. Pet’s often do this while eating. Never come closer to any animal while they’re eating. Because they might think you’re going to steal their food.

10. The Dog Rolls Over and Exposes his Belly

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Whenever a dog rolls over and exposes his belly, the dog is showing you that they trust you and want to please you. When you rub your dog’s belly after he rolls over, it means you show him you’re pleased with his behavior. Keep rubbing, dogs love this.

11. The Dog Puts His Head On Your Knee

This means the dog wants to get attention and show that he needs you. If your dog touches your hands with his nose, he wants you to pet him. In some cases, this means he feels a bit lonely and wants to play for a while.

12. The Dog Puts His Paw On Your Knee

If the dog does this with a very smug look, he is trying to dominate. In this situation, the trainer suggests looking into the dog’s eyes and removing the paws. That’s how he will understand that you are in charge.

13. The Dog Has One Front Paw Raised

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This stance means your pet wants to ask you something. Maybe he’s hungry or wants to play. Sometimes dogs do this when they notice nothing interesting. It’s typical for hunting dog breeds.

14. The Dog Shakes

Dogs may shake like they shake off water after a bath. As a way of relieving tension. Probably your dog was in stress or met an unpleasant person or dog.

I hope now you understand your lovely pet much better. Thank you for reading this article.

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