Have you ever found yourself completely confused by the interacting dog behavior as your dog communicates with another dog?
Sometimes it can be frustrating not knowing whether to go in and stop your dog’s activity or let go on.
Most people misread their dog’s behavior and yet it’s actually quite simple when you know how! Knowing whether your dog is happy playing or feeling distressed makes a big difference to how they socialize with other dogs.
There are actually many signs to look for. You just need to know what they are and then you will recognize them.
Dogs can read each other naturally, but for us humans it’s not that easy. We have to learn to understand the different body language and signals they use.
Here are some key gestures you can watch out for to understand what your dog is thinking.
Dog’s Body Language Key Gestures
The Head Over: placing their head over the back of another dog’s neck.
The dog will place their head over the back of another dog’s neck. This is a dominance behavior and the dog is stressing the dominance over another dog. This is neither good nor bad but some dogs may not be happy being dominated so they will clearly make known they’re disapproval.
Returning To Play: a dog returning to play more with another dog.
This is a sign that suggests when a dog returns to play more with another dog, this dog is happy. Too often this simple behavior is overlooked by most dog owners. For example, a dog may appear they are not enjoying being dominated and pushed around but in reality is happy and continues to come back for more! If the dog were unhappy they would likely stay away.
Standing on three legs with one paw in the air is a submissive behavior and lets you know the dog is non-threatening. The other dogs may react in a number of ways but it is usually a good sign.
Hair Stands Up: the hair on the dogs back goes up.
When the hair on the dogs back goes up very often people think this means that the dog is being aggressive or going to be aggressive. However, it can also be excitement. This means the dog is very alert because they just love playing with other dogs. Keep alert to your dog’s behavior and don’t panic.
Spinning Dog: the dog completes a complete spin.
The dog spinning will almost always mean he is very happy and is trying to encourage you to play with him. If a dog turns their back on another dog it shows that they are relaxed and not frightened.
How To Get Your Dog To Become Submissive
There are a lot of things to look out for. Some more obvious than others. One of the best places to learn how to read dogs is Doggy Dan’s website The Online Dog Trainer. Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial for the site that you can take advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do is take a look at the site!
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