January 20, 2018

How To Tell What A Dog Is Thinking

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by Holly Ann

One of the great things to know in order to be a successful dog trainer is to understand how a dog is thinking. While there are many skills that you are going to be required to know, reading a dog spots may be one of the most important traits to learn. The better you can understand the dog’s body language the better you will be able to communicate.

Just like humans and other animals, a dog will show intention by using body language. There are actually 3 parts to keep an eye on. They are the head, tail, and posture. We are going to take a look at the three parts.

First let’s take a look at the dog’s head. Starting with a dog ears, you can tell a lot by the positioning. Won a dogs ears are pointed forword it usually means that he is alerted by something. Now, let’s take a look at the dog’s mouth. When it out and makes a grin to squeezing it’s muzzle area usually that means that something is threatening the dog.

Additionally, when a dog shows its teeth and its sides of mouth are pulled into what looks like a grimace, the dog may be dealing with fear or has some kind of lack in confidence. These kinds of characteristics will help you interpret the dog’s feelings. Once again, body language is the key to success.

Another major factor in dogs body language is its tail! There are hundreds of different emotions which can be shown by dogs tail from playful happiness to deadly sorrow. Make sure to keep a watchful eye on your dogs tail in different situations and you will learn to literally read your dog.

Here are a few examples. If the dog puts his tail between his legs, it means it’s embarrassed. Likewise, we all know what it means when a dog is wagging its tail.

Finally, the posture a dog poses is equally important. When a dog is stiff and is standing on its paws, this usually means a dog is threatened and it is not a good idea to approach. In general, when a dog is feeling comfortable and relaxed its musculature does not look flexed.

So, by paying attention to a dogs posture, facial and head expressions, and tail position you can tell a lot about what a dog is really at what a dog is thinking. As you embark on becoming a successful dog trainer, keep these things in mind and watch your relationship with your trainees blossom.

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