👍How To Understand Dog Body Language

what to observe to correctly read the
body language of dogs you must first
observe a variety of body features
including the ears tail mouth the
direction of the dog's gaze how the dog
holds in Orient's himself and what kinds
of vocalizations the dog is making all
of these features are important because
there is no one feature you can rely on
to predict the dog's behavior some
features aren't always present not all
dogs have tails for example pay
attention to the context and all the
features of the dog's body language to
help you interpret the dog's intentions
because a dog's mood can change quickly
watch for quick changes in behavior that
reflect these mood changes not all
changes in communication signals are
obvious in this sequence look at the way
the dog's ears have shifted from forward
to backward unless you were paying
attention you might not have noticed
this change being a good observer means
not only attending to the dog's body
language but also being aware of the
context in which the behavior occurs
some features have different meanings in
different situations for example a growl
isn't always a threat by a dog sometimes
dogs growl when playing to summarize
your observations should include paying
attention to all parts of the dog's body
watching for sudden or subtle changes in
the dog's behavior being aware of the
context of the behavior because there is
so much to watch for you should plan on
spending more than a few seconds
observing the dog in a particular
situation sometimes a dog's mood may be
hard to read or it may change quickly or
the environmental context may be complex
if you are too hasty in your
observations you may misinterpret what
is going on and risk injury to yourself
and to others or cause unnecessary
distress to the dog
finally developing good observation
skills takes time and practice reviewing
this program on a regular basis can help
you develop and sharpen these skills
also take advantage of every opportunity
you have to watch dogs in all kinds of
situations the more you practice the
better you will become