Pawsitive Focus helps owners read their dog’s body language. Can your dog communicate to you what he’s feeling? Knowing this language equals success. Read about how a signal from a dog doesn’t mean the same for a cat. Let me know how Pawsitive Focus can help you!
Understanding Your Pet’s Body Language A special “Thank you” to My Pet’s Newsletter for this awesome information. “What’s your pet trying to tell you with its eyes, ears and tail? Without saying a word, dogs and cats express emotion — and indicate when to come closer and when it’s wise to back away. Cats and dogs are excellent non-verbal communicators. Wordlessly they can convey a mood, from relaxed and content to angry and alarmed. The ability to interpret their expressions enables us to understand and respond appropriately. Pets instinctively use a combination of posture, tail position, eyes, ears, and facial expressions to send a message. Although dogs and cats often show emotion in similar ways, there are species-specific differences.
Observe your pet’s body language, compare it with these typical behaviors, and see if your dog or cat is sending you a message: WATCHING DOGS
Happy: Rapid tail wagging from side to side or in circles is a sure sign of canine joy when ears are in a natural position and the mouth is relaxed or slightly open. Some dogs even appear to be smiling.
Alert: Gaze is intense and focused. Ears perk up and angle forward, and head and neck are erect or slightly cocked. Posture is upright with the dog’s weight distributed equally on all fours. The tail is rigid.