dog behaviour

Dog Behaviour – Body Language of a Dog

Apr 24 • Amazing Pets, Dogs • 5143 Views • 9 Comments on Dog Behaviour – Body Language of a Dog

Dog behavior is not an easy task which can be distinguished. Sometimes you think that your dog is tying to tell you something then it may be the fact that is something else altogether. It ‘s amazing that all dogs in the world communicate with each other using a universal signal or language. All dogs communicate in same way, whether you are from any continent.

It may be a good or bad experience for you that how you interpret the dog behavior or  their body language. Their body language expresses their mood, rank or even an intention. This can be really confusing for the human rather than other dogs. When a dog tries to communicate, you need to look at the whole body language. He might be giving some messages through his expression, tail or by the way he stands.

So here are some main body languages or dog behavior to consider while checking out a dog.


dog1Neutral State:

A dog  in a happy and emotional state will look less tensed rather than in an alert or aggressive state. The tail remains relaxed and wagging and mouth is slightly open, which looks like a smile. His breathing seems energetic depending on how happy he is feeling. His facial muscles and  ears seems relaxed. When he is excited he can jump, growl or bark. Usually the playful growls and barks are of higher pitch than the ones which indicates aggression.




When a dog feels frightened, he tries to make himself as small as possible. They will give up from anything which is confronting them, and even they crouch on the floor.The Dogs avoid direct eye contact. The tail gets down or in between of legs. They usually lick their lips or nose when get nervous. At extreme they can even roll onto their back or on their side to show their belly or even they  urinate.






The Alert dogs have tense muscles. Their ears will be forward and face has wrinkles. Their tail may be out straight and wagging very slowly from side by side. It is very important to interpret that a dog may become aggressive. He might be wondering who is approaching them so it becomes very important to approach an alert dog very safely.



Defensive Aggression:

When a dog is in danger, he always has two options whether he can fight or he can give up. When a frightened dog is approached by some other dog, then his natural instinct remains to run away. But in case of his leash while he is  not in a condition to run away then  he feels more fearful, and this usually result in the dog to attack the approaching dog. To some untrained eyes, it might look like that dog is very aggressive towards other dogs ,but actually he is not able to back away and he is afraid of the other dog. It is known as fear-aggressive.


cutagulta.comAggressive Attack:  

The aggressive dog can exhibit the fighting  intuition . The dog tries to do everything to look bigger. They usually lean forward on their toes. They bare their teeth and exhibit very deep facial wrinkles. The ears goes forward and the tail wags very stiff and slow side to side. They stare directly at the threat.

Overall, it’s most important to understand the body language of dog or dog behaviour so that you can respond accordingly. If your dog is of submissive nature, then try to get him changed by going for a walk or do something to boost his confidence level. If your dog is of strong defensive aggression then you should warn others which are in same environment of what is happening around. Just doing that by your own can prevent a dog from biting someone.

Related Posts

« »