How do I have to interpret my dog's postures?


It is widely known that dogs are very sociable animals and it is that they naturally conceive their life always in the context of a pack, whether it is a pack formed by other dogs or by their human family.

Obviously, nature has also endowed them with the necessary language to establish a communication that allows keeping the pack in harmony and this communication is used both with other dogs and with humans, being the main problem that if we do not inform ourselves previously we will not be able to decipher everything our dog wants to convey to us.

In order that you understand your dog better and can grant you greater well-being in your home, in this Animal Expert article we show you how to identify the dog's postures and their meaning.

The signs of calm

Surely you have heard on occasion of the language of dogs and the signs of calm, although the use of this term may harbor some confusion. While it is true that dogs use these signals to transmit calm to their peers, to their human family or even to themselves, a sign of calm is essentially a response to an external stimulus.

The dog can use them to reduce his arousal, to prevent a threat, to establish friendship. But the signs of calm can also indicate that a dog is scared, stressed or angry.

Calm signals form a very important part of dogs' body language, however, they are not the only signs that exist, since dogs can use other types of signals to transmit excitement, threat or aggressiveness.

Learning to interpret the signs of calm according to the dog's posture

There are approximately 30 different calm signs and the meaning of them may vary slightly depending on whether the dog uses them with another dog or with a human, therefore, it is very difficult to be able to address this issue deeply and completely, although if that is your intention we recommend the book "The language of dogs. Signs of calm. What to do when my dog." from the author Turid Rugaas.

However, below we decipher what your dog wants to tell you when using any of the most common calm signs:

  • Blink: When a dog blinks repeatedly, it indicates that he feels forced and uncomfortable in the face of an external stimulus (usually an order) and that he intends to appease the spirits.
  • Turn your head to the side: It is a signal widely used by dogs when a human leans over him to transmit an order. With this signal the dog indicates that he feels uncomfortable, the same happens when he looks sideways to avoid eye contact.
  • Turn your back: If your dog turns its back on you, it can be mainly for two reasons: either it is very excited and startled and it needs to lower that energy and the stimuli it is receiving very quickly, or it senses that you approach it angry and tries to calm you down.
  • Yawn: When a yawning dog is trying to reassure himself in a situation he does not perceive calm and he may also be trying to reassure his human family.
  • Lick and lick: This sign of calm can have different meanings. When a dog licks you it can be interpreted as a social interaction and a sign of joy, but when a dog licks its nose it can indicate that it is scared, nervous or uncomfortable.
  • Lie on your back: It is one of the signs that your dog uses to show enormous confidence towards you, when a dog is placed like this it is completely submissive and totally delivered to you.

One of the most important benefits of knowing these signs of calm is that you can also use them with your dog so that he easily understands the meaning of what you want to convey to him.

Body postures that precede a bite>

If we talk about the body language of dogs one of the most valuable knowledge is know how to identify when a dog poses a threat and prepare for a bite, in this case the signs are usually the following:

  • Shows discomfort looking away, turning yawning and moving slowly.
  • It scratches and sniffs the ground.
  • It shows signs of stress: the hair on your back is bristling, panting, the pupils are dilated and the eyes wide, it can also shake and shake. These signs indicate that the dog He prepares to flee or to attack.
  • The dog stops showing signs, remains motionless and focuses on its threat if it has not been able to neutralize it.
  • The dog growls and shows teeth.
  • Finally, it makes an onslaught and marks or bites in an act of self-defense or as a defense of something or someone who considers it belongs.

Obviously, if we know the body language of dogs this process does not have to be given completely, since we can act in line with what our dog is manifesting so that it can calm down.

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1 hips in motion

It is an unequivocal sign that our dog is a little over excited and that want to play. The fact that our pet "offers" its backside, is indicative of its confidence. It can also be a sign that he wants us to scratch him.

2 Straight and calm posture

This posture indicates trust Y security. The signal is clear: straight body and tail pointing up. The ears can be both upright and relaxed, but the feeling it will emit is that of absolute calm.

3 Scared and insecure

May our dog be hide or I know duck It can be a sign of nervousness. If you bow your head you may be showing a submissive attitude. Another sign for this may be a slightly arched back and the knees gently bent.

4 Bristly hair

If the hairs of the back of the back bristle, it may be because the dog feels under threat and tries to appear larger than it really is.

It is a sign of «maximum alert«, Not necessarily aggressive. But what is clear is that a dog that is scared, has a good chance of biting.

5 The famous "reverence"

If we see that our pet approaches us with the head and chest low, stuck to the ground, with the legs extended in front of him and the ass in pomp, we have to understand that our dog wants to play.

6 No fixed course

If your pet is found wandering erratically For the stay, it may be indicative that the animal presents excitement, nervousness or boredom. The best? Put it to do some exercise.

7 Turn on yourself

That our dog us offer your belly, is an unequivocal sign of «Respect for authority», that is, towards us. If, at that time, we massage the animal in the belly, we will reinforce this idea of ​​obedience.

It can also be a way of «Passive resistance» at the time of, for example, being cutting his nails, the dog would try «Expel us» With its legs back.

8 It immobilizes suddenly

It can be significant of a problem of self confidence. In this case, it is better to leave the animal alone since it may be preparing for an attack. This type of attitude is common when we try to remove a toy or a bone with which you are having fun.

9 Aggressive or threatening posture

We will know because it is leaning forward and rigid. This is the response to a threat or challenge. Another symptom is that hide his tail from behind, between your legs, but at the same time will move it quickly. In these cases it is better to leave them alone until they calm down.

Turn on itself

The dog that turns on itself is an animal that usually very happy and happy. You can bark happily and go around the place. Of course, if the tail is chased we will have to worry, since it could be that it had parasites or that it was very boring.

Lying on his back

When you lie with your belly up is showing submission. Puppies do it a lot, when an adult is asking for calm, or if they feel threatened.

I hope this article has been useful to you 🙂.