Read your dog’s body language

While our four-legged friends may not be able to communicate directly with us through speech, they do share how they’re feeling via their body language. But sometimes we owners can misread or misinterpret our dog’s mood.

For example, most of us know that when our pet’s tail is tucked under their body they’re scared. But if their tail is pointing upwards, are they being aggressive or feeling playful? The answer is both. There are only subtle differences between the either of these two states.

These eight images from Modern Dog magazine illustrate the most common feelings dogs have and the associated expressions and body language.

What’s your experience with understanding your dog’s body language? Do you find that it’s easy to read how your dog’s feeling?

Relaxed

Image source: Modern Day

Playful

Image source: Modern Dog

Alert

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Dominant aggression

 

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Fearful aggression

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Fearful/ worried

 

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Stressed/ distressed

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Extreme fear/ submission

Image source: Modern Dog

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