TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT A DOG IS SAYING – HERE’S HOW TO READ IT’S BODY LANGUAGE
Dog facts -Dog’s are innocent-eyed and love inducing creatures. We all adore them. In order to take care of them as required, we need to know about their behaviours. It will improve the communication between you and your lovely pet dog. Here are some explanations of dog behaviours that are hard to interpret:
- Chewing in Adult dogs – “Why are you leaving me alone?”
Normally, dogs will chew everything that they find when they are getting a new set of teeth. But, if an adult dog shows the same behaviour then there is a cause to be alarmed. It is the sign that they are going through separation anxiety or anxiety in general.
- Jumping Up – “Look, I’m stronger than you.”
Dogs generally, jump to show their enthusiasm. It is a playful behaviour. However, it is a sign of them trying to assert their dominance over you and you should not encourage it.
Getting excited on hearing certain words – “Look, mommy, I’m so clever!”
Through the repetitive use of certain words by their owners, dogs learn human vocabulary. For example, if you use the word walk whenever you are taking them on a walk, eventually they will start recognizing the word and get excited when you utter it.
- Sudden change in behaviour on hearing a human baby crying – “ I feel so sorry for the little baby”
Dogs express their empathy by exhibiting a unique behaviour that is a combination of alertness and submissive behaviour. This will be seen when they detect a baby crying.
- Turning away when you try to hug them – “I love you but please no”
Most of the dogs do not tolerate a hug. Dogs are very affectionate beings and do not shy away from showing their love but a hug is not their way of showing it. They like a pat on the head or a scratch on their tummy. Few dogs might tolerate a hug if it is from someone familiar but if your dog is resisting a hug, then do not force them into it.
Showing the whites of their eyes – “I don’t like what’s happening”
Showing whites of their eyes is an expression of dog’s displeasure. If something is disturbing them or if they do not like some action of a person, they tend to show this behaviour.
- Constant Staring – “I wanna make sure you mean what you are saying”
Dogs might stare at you constantly to show their affection or to process your affection. Through staring, your dog is processing emotional signals that you are giving him to see if they match theirs. These emotional signals could be a smile and pat on the head.
- Smelling – “You are my favourite kind of human”
You might have observed your dog sniffing your friends every time they come over. The reason is that they sniff to gather and memorize information about their surroundings. But they love sniffing familiar smells all the more. The familiar smell of them is a kind of reward.
Rolling over and exposing their belly – “Ok you win, please don’t hurt me!”
Rolling over is not just a sign of submissiveness or trust. They expose their belly to humans when they want a good belly rub. They expose their bellies to other dogs as a means of ending a fight or letting the other one know that they are not a threat. Sometimes, it may also mean that they need a good back scratch!
- Tilting their head to one side while looking at you – “I wanna show you my puppy face in case you didn’t love me enough already”
When you talk to your dog you might have seen them tilting their head to one side. They do that to see your face and read the expressions more clearly. Dogs are really good at it. They might also tilt their head when you make unusual sounds to get hold of few familiar words.
- Sticking their butt out into the air – “I wanna play!”
Dogs tend to stick their butts out when they are ready to play. It is a playful stance showing that they are ready to pounce on a toy or run and fetch that ball for you.
- Sticking their butt to your face – “ Please scratch me”
Dogs will not be able to scratch themselves really easily and they tend to get itchy very often, especially in the tail head area. They are not trying to be offensive; they just consider you as a superman who will be willing to scratch their back no matter how dirty it is.
- Howling – “Back off!”
Dogs howl to attract attention, to make contact with others and to announce their presence. Sometimes it might be used to direct your attention towards an injury or illness or to express anxiety. They also howl when they want to keep someone off their territory or simply as a response to high-pitched voices.