How can I communicate with my dog?
Have you ever wished you could have a two-way conversation with your dog?
An unlikely pairing, dogs and humans have very different primary methods of communicating. Whereas your dog’s first language is body language, we as humans tend to communicate verbally and this can make understanding each other even harder. That’s why it’s so important you learn to understand what your pet is trying to say to you, they can’t always tell you what is wrong.
The emotion you recognise most in your pet, it is easy to spot when your dog feels relaxed. More often than not, their body will be loose with a wagging tail and mouth slightly open. Their tongue will most likely be out and their eyes and ears will look soft.
A slightly confusing emotion, your dog feeling aroused can be due to both positive and negative events. As it is possible for your dog to feel multiple emotions at once, it’s important you learn how to interpret a mixture of signals.
Common signs your dog is aroused include jumping up, mouthing, lunging, erect ears and stiff tail wagging. It is possible for them to be barking at the same time and this is where you should judge the surroundings and circumstances to possibly prevent a situation from escalating. For example, if you’ve just walked through your front door, the likelihood is that your dog is thrilled to welcome you home. If you’re out on a walk and you’ve just been approached by a new dog, your pet could be feeling a little unsure.
Anxiety & Fear
Although feelings of anxiety and fear often project themselves quietly, if the cause isn’t dealt with, the situation can quickly develop into one more hostile and aggressive. To prevent this, look out for changes in your dog’s behaviour and try to remove any aggressors.
Sometimes, mild anxiety can be difficult to spot but always remember, your dog will quickly let you know if they are unhappy.