Dog Behavior Explained
Dogs use body language to express their emotions, needs and fears, so it’s crucial that you understand these signals so you can respond appropriately in situations where aggression could arise.
Example: When a dog stands with its rear end high in the air and head tilted to one side, this posture signals aggression if coupled with other aggressive body language cues like twitching tail held high or an open mouth posture that might signal aggression. Such signs should prompt you to back away immediately from such animals as they feel threatened and can pose potential threats.
Twitch-like tail movements usually signal that your dog is feeling excited or aroused; they can also indicate frustration and aggression. Wag speeds are also key – slow, relaxed wagging indicates happiness while rapid twitching suggests anger or frustration in the animal.
Ears can also serve as an important indicator of emotions for dogs. When pulled back and flat against their heads, dogs may be in defensive mode and ready to attack; when upturned and pointed toward someone they appear friendly or curious. Licking feet shows affection or grooming attempts similar to how mother dogs care for their puppies. Sometimes dogs will also “kiss to dismiss”, meaning they attempt to remove something such as flies or hairballs by kissing.
Barking dogs typically bark to defend their territory or alert you of strangers approaching, while whines or whimpers often indicate anxiety or fear; short, sharp whines often serve as demands for attention from owners. Teeth are another key indicator of how dogs are feeling – full white teeth indicate aggression while when one rushes forward showing only its front tooth tips, it could signal fear or submission.
Ideally, when training your dog, use clickers and positive reinforcement to mark behaviors. Once the behavior occurs naturally on its own, introduce verbal cues like “sit” or “down.” Remember that learning new behaviors takes time for any animal, so be patient and consistent! Continue practicing and rewarding your pup until he or she begins reading body language; the better understood you both become, the closer your relationship will become! Best wishes!