Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

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Tail Wagging

The position and speed of the wag can convey different messages. A broad, fast wag often indicates excitement
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Ears

Erect ears generally mean the dog is alert or interested. Flattened ears may indicate fear or submission.
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Eyes

Direct eye contact can signal confidence or challenge. Avoiding eye contact might suggest submission or discomfort
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Mouth

A relaxed, slightly open mouth indicates a calm state. Lips pulled back can signify aggression.
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Body Posture

A relaxed body with a loose stance indicates comfort and friendliness. Stiffness or rigidity may signal tension or readiness to defend.
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Tail Position

A high tail often indicates alertness or confidence. A tucked tail might indicate fear or anxiety.
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Hackles

Raised hackles along the back can signal arousal, excitement, or aggression.
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Paw Lift

Lifting a paw can be a sign of uncertainty, nervousness, or a desire to play.
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Yawning

Dogs sometimes yawn when they are stressed or tired, not necessarily due to sleepiness