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How many times looking at our dog we can’t understand what he wants to communicate to us?

In this article we try to give some simple advice that will help us to better understand his emotions and moods.

First of all, let’s take some time to observe our furry friend in his various expressions, from facial expressions: head, ears, eyes and mouth), to posture: legs and position or movement of the tail, up to listening to him in the different types of vocalizations: yelp, bark and howl.

The dog’s expressions will give us important information on his mood and emotions. If he yawns, for example, it conveys discomfort and stress. If he squints his eyes and puts his ears back, flattening them on his head, these are situations of submission and pleasure, if instead he keeps his ears straight, he is attentive and on maximum alert. A dog that growls, retracts its lips, and bares its teeth sends a message of defiance or threatens to attack.

, The communication of the dog, Nuova Fattoria Pet Food

Another element to focus on is the posture that is modified according to the emotional state and according to the position in the social hierarchy of the herd: the curl up on the ground indicates fear, the dog wants to appear smaller, generally shows in this way its intention to not wanting to attack, and to seek an escape route.

Taken to the maximum, this signal turns into rolling on the back and exposure of the belly, in general the friendly postures are intended to reduce the size of the animal in perception, while the aggressive ones aim to make it appear larger.
In an attitude of challenge, the dog raises the hair around the neck and along the back, bringing the tail up, while when it raises the hindquarters and keeps the front paws stretched forward, it invites us to play.

The tail is the most communicative part of the body. When the dog wags its tail it is a sign of friendship and happiness, but if the dog keeps its tail low and between the paws it is a sign of submission. On the other hand, if he is angry, he moves it slowly, keeping it rigid, in case of fear the tail is crushed on the hindquarters, when it is kept well out it generally denotes attention.

Finally, in his language the dog has various sounds and vocalizations , from the festive whine and excitement, to the yelp in submission or pain, from the bark to request attention up to the howl, which is a more complex form of communication and social contact. It is important to distinguish in all these types, those that can be warning signs of a probable aggression.

In conclusion, listening to and observing our furry friend will allow us to prevent situations of malaise and discomfort and better understand his needs and moods, giving us the opportunity to make coexistence ever happier and more serene.