Understanding Dog Body Language

Dog body language

A wagging tails means a happy dog, right?

Panting equals smiling, correct?

Our perception of canine body language is not always accurate. Their communication is much more complex than simply being happy or not. If we can learn to understand their signals we can not only tell if they feel content, but also if they want to appear cute, are threatened or might feel nauseous.

Whether you are training a new puppy or you have an older dog, it always pays off to learn more about canine body language. It is the prime means of communications for dogs. They have an intricate system of cues and body positions and by learning to understand them we learn to understand our dogs better as well.

Body Language – An Inbuilt Safety System

Being able to communicate an array of feelings through their body language is an inbuilt safety system for dogs. As social animals that together (both with us humans and with other dogs) they are dependent on a consistent and intact group structure.

If every quarrel or dismay would end in a physical confrontation, the social groups of dogs would fall apart quickly. Their intricate system of body language is able to communicate discomfort long before any escalation.

On the other hand, it also functions well to convey friendship and contentment! Dogs communicate in a very detailed way through the way they are moving their ears, ey