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|Body Language: Observing and learning from your dog|
Puppies and dogs are great communicators. Subtle body language and facial expressions convey what your puppy is thinking and feeling. From the moment you get your puppy or dog, watch closely to observe and learn about these subtle signals. The more you notice, the better you will be able to handle your puppy throughout his life. Learning about, recognizing and responding to your puppy's body language during his early months can be a critical component in helping him be emotionally healthy and well-balanced throughout his life. By noticing what your puppy is feeling in any particular environment, you'll be in a position to maximize his mental, emotional and psychological health.
Puppies and dogs of all ages display calming signals. The more you tune into your dog, the better your relationship will be. Click here for a list of “calming signals”—subtle movements and actions your puppy or dog offers that indicate he’s unsure, nervous, tentative, anxious, or even frightened. When you notice one or more of these signals, consider what is happening. Here are some of the circumstances under which you’ll notice calming signals.
As you become better at recognizing these signals, consider the context—what is happening to your puppy at this moment. For example, puppies and dogs sniff the ground. Dogs sniff when they smell something interesting, but sniffing may also be a calming signal to communicate peaceful intentions to a dog that is approaching them. Another example is panting: Dogs pant when they're overheated, but panting may be a sign of stress. A lolling tongue is generally indicative of heat-related panting. If your dog's tongue is held behind his front teeth, however, and the corners of his mouth are wrinkled in a "smile", it may indicate stress or anxiety. Consider the context.
Here are questions to ask yourself when you notice calming signals:
If you’re unsure what to do, err on the side of caution—that is, always err on the side of your puppy’s or dog's emotional well-being.
For a list of calming signals, click here.
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