The key indicators of a dog's mood are his tail, back, head and ears. When each of these body parts is high and lifted, the dog is feeling more dominant. This can also translate to confidence. However, if these body parts are lowered, then dog body language experts suggest that your dog may be feeling uncertain or submissive.
Feeling Relaxed or Alert
When your pup's tail is down and relaxed, his head is high, his ears are up but not forward, and his stance is loose, then his dog body language suggests that he is relaxed and ready to be approached. It's likely that he doesn't feel threatened or concerned about anything in his environment. Alternatively, if your dog's ears have moved forward, his tail is held horizontally to the ground and he's leaning slightly forward, then he is likely alert so he can assess a potential threat.
Aggression or Fear
Several signs indicate that your dog feels the need to react aggressively. You may see vertical lines in his forehead, notice his raised tail, his lifted hackles and bared teeth. Anyone who challenges your pup may be met with aggression. If he lowers his stance, then he may be feeling fearful at the same time. When his tail goes between his legs, his ears come back and his body lowers, then he is under serious distress.
Dog body language is relatively straightforward, and having a basic understanding will help you build a stronger bond with your pet and ensure that your dog's needs are met.
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