Canine Body Language

It is extremely important for everyone to learn how to read a dog’s body language whether they are an owner or not.

  • Relaxed body position
  • One paw tucked underneath body
  • Tail wag rapidly or thumping on the floor
  • Play bow
  • Panting, happy expression
  • Raising of one paw
  • Half moon eyes
  • Tail between legs, may or may not wag
  • Sideways ears or ears back
  • Rapid panting
  • Submissive urinating

Signs of Imminent Bite:

  • Dog becomes suddenly stiff
  • Front legs splayed, head low
  • Lip curl, teeth showing

Signs of Dog Aggression:

  • Growling/Snarling
  • Snapping
  • Guarding (owners, food, toys)
  • Aggressive barking
  • Lunging on or off a leash

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Meaghan RVT

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