What Is My Dog Saying?
If only dogs could speak! It would be great to hear what’s on your dog’s
mind, wouldn’t it? Well, while dogs don’t speak our language, they can
communicate with us in other ways. If we are educated about a dog’s
body language and pay close attention, we can get a pretty good idea
of what our dogs are telling us. Here is a quick lesson in doggie body language.
Signals Your Dog is Stressed, Uncomfortable or Nervous
Dogs exhibit these behaviors when they feel anxiety to try to ease the stress or appease whatever they perceive is threatening them. When stressed, uncomfortable or nervous, your dog may exhibit the following body language.
Signals Your Dog is Relaxed
Happy dogs are wiggly, loose dogs. Dogs displaying relaxed body language are ready to invite you to interact and communicate joy and confidence. Here are some examples of relaxed dog body language.
If you have questions about your dog’s body language, we’d be happy to answer them. Simply contact us. We’re all about communication, and that includes the kind you have with your dog.
Lisa Marino, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, PMCT, has taken her varied teaching experiences and applied them to helping owners understand and train their beloved four-legged family members. She has more than four years’ experience leading group dog training classes at Best Paw Forward in Hartland, WI, and opened Head of the Class Dog Training LLC in Winchester, VA in 2012, where she conducts group classes and private lessons, as well as helps owners to modify their dogs' problem behaviors.
Lisa earned her CPDT-KA in 2012, is a 2015 graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy and is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer.
She has 4 registered therapy dogs and is a Pet Partner Therapy Team Evaluator and a member of HOPE AACR. As a former middle school teacher, she works well with families and children and does school presentations on various dog related topics.
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