when your dog wags their tail it could mean one thing or it could mean something else . in fact, there are lots of dog body language cues that humans tend to misunderstand
We know the easy ones. But for the tough ones, we asked a dog behavior expert to tell us what we’re getting wrong.
One of the most common cues that we tend to misunderstand are things that we take to understand as being happy. (The wagging of a tail.)
There can be a certain wagging of a tail that is not friendly at all, Each individual behavior needs to be looked at in the big context of It turns out the secret to understanding dog language is all about the ears.
You want to look, are the ears either up and kind of excited or are they kind of laid back, Or are they pinned back? Which is fear.
So many dogs, you just look at the ears, that’s all you need to know their emotional state.
Sometimes your dog may seem sleepy when they’re actually stressed, Yawning. It’s called a stress yawn Very, very common. But a little stress can be a good thing.
Just because your dog exhibits some stress signals, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing something bad.
Sometimes they can, you know, yawn or shake it off, because it’s difficult being out here and you’re telling me to come and sit and lie down and I want to go chase that ball.
It means they’re learning. It can be sort of stressful, but it’s therapeutically advantageous. Another behavior is the lie down.
There are definitely dog body language behaviors that mean, “I need my own space.” And these should really always be respected.
There’s a big difference between sort of a tucking of the tail and ignoring, a looking away, and a full belly-showing lie down.
Showing the belly is a trusting state to be in, Their whole demeanor will change, Their ears will go back and their eyes will go soft. And plus, it opens up to a nice little belly rub. Reading our emotions is easy for dogs.
10 Signs Your Dog is Happy
Dogs are the only other animal other than certain kinds of apes to exhibit, When they look at you, they gaze to their left, which is to your right side.
The right side of our face tends to show our emotions more immediately, quickly and clearly.
You tend unconsciously – go check it out next time you’re at a cocktail party. When you’re trying to get a gauge on what someone is thinking or feeling, you tend to have left gaze bias. Dogs exhibit this gaze bias, the same way humans do.
We may not speak the same language, but our bond with dogs is amazing.
Dogs are so great at communicating to humans and reading humans’ visual and physical body language.
If you think you have a sense of what your dog is thinking or feeling, you’re probably right. Their eyebrows show their emotions. They do a head tilt to be able to express certain feelings and thoughts. They are a very unique species.