Understanding Dog Body Language – Learn how to read dogs behavior better

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This video goes over very BASIC dog body language. This video is meant to give a brief overview of what it means when your dog does a certain behaviour.

Dog communication is one of the most misunderstood part of dogs and humans and causes tremendous amounts of problem for both species. If you can take a few parts of this video and apply it to your life and better understanding your dog you will have a more fulfilled relationship with your four legged pal.




38 thoughts on “Understanding Dog Body Language – Learn how to read dogs behavior better”

  1. This is great! I just have a couple questions. My first question is, how do you know the two dogs are just playing? My second is how do you know if a dog is okay with another dog wanting to go near them/wanting to be friends?

  2. The way I do it with my dog. dont matter what, I ALWAYS keep calm. I give no response to certain behavior. "acting like its nothing". like this new years with all the fireworks (his first). he got scared by the 2-3 first booms. i acted natural. didnt even take 5 min then we both sat down watching the fireworks in the sky. just give alot of love, be playful and calm and the dog will be more than fine :)

  3. I have seen two situations where the dog showed no signal it was going to bite. The only two similarities was they were both standing still looking down. One almost killed a sheltie, the other bit a toddler…no warning.

  4. Also, every dog benefits from exercise, exercise, exercise. They need it more than most people realize. I've never castrated any of the male dogs I've had and never had a problem because I'm always running them, playing, training them. You will make your dog a happy well balanced pup with lots of play. They respond so well to this. This comes from 30 plus years of experience. Good luck.

  5. Though you clearly know what you are talking about, I disagree with a few points. In my experience, most of the time, yawning is just a sign of tiredness. (Of course, this goes hand in hand with the dog wanting to leave you alone so he can sleep ;)) To be honest, I've never observed yawning in my dog as a sign of stress ever. I guess any dog will try to pull away from you first, before yawning or giving other signs, and you just have to let them… The other thing is lip licking: The most common occurrence of this is when the dog simply wants to get more comfortable through distributing the saliva evenly in his muzzle, mostly either due to drying out from panting or because he sees something yummy and is drooling. I would add the qualifier that when anxiety-induced lip-licking is observed, it's usually preceded or accompanied by pretty obvious facial expressions and body language.
    I didn't know about the raised tail thing, though. I always thought that was part of the getting-to-know-each-other ritual due to dogs sniffing each other's buts in greeting because you can see the opposite behaviour – a dog covering himself with his tail – whenever a dog does NOT want to make contact.

  6. THANK YOU for making this video! It's very helpful. I just recently started work at a doggy daycare where dogs interact with each other all the time. I knew the basics of signs of dogs not wanting to play and being stressed out, like the stiff bodies, growling, showing teeth, yawning, and so on.. but there have been times where I got confused as to whether one of the dogs wanted to play with the other or not. Your video has helped it make more sense to me. :)

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  8. We have this feist/poodle mix named Zack that we've had for years. He's always had a dominate attitude when other dogs are being noticed or being petted. He will come up and growl/snarl at the opposition. But is very kind to my family. (Obvious jealousy.) But recently we adopted a full grown pit bull. He's shown no aggressive traits. But Zack keeps trying to be the alpha dog. We've seen them fight once or twice. (I've only seen Zack start the fight.) Once the bigger dog has Zack by the nape of the neck Zack begins to calm down and the bigger dog backs down. What can I do to resolve this situation?

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