5 Things Your Dog Is Communicating to You
It would be the coolest thing if our pets could talk! Unfortunately, as we all know, dogs can’t verbally communicate. They can have a pretty hard time making their needs and wants recognised. Dogs rely on many less apparent types of communication to reach out to their owners. As part of mastering dog care, it is essential to learn to understand your animal friend. That way, you’ll be able to help him stay healthy and happy.
Here are five things your dog could be trying to tell you:
“The Real Reason I Destroy Stuff is not pure evil.”
The truth is, your dog isn’t intentionally trying to drive you crazy and cost you hundreds of dollars in damaged furniture. Destruction is merely a sign that your loved pet is feeling a little neglected.
In the majority of cases, a destructive dog merely is trying to compensate for lack of exercise, boredom and loneliness. All that pent-up energy has to go somewhere. If your dog is continuously left alone, has no entertainment and no activities, it’s impossible to expect anything else. Understanding this fact can help you better care for your dog.
“When I bow down at you, it’s not a reverence. It means that I want to play.”
Have you ever seen your dog bow at you, keeping their butt out? If you have no experience at dog’s body language, you were probably left wondering what had gotten into your dog’s mind. However, this pose is universal, a common way in which dogs signal their desire to play. Next time your dog does this, consider granting him a few minutes to have some fun together.
“I can also experience anxiety.”
Like humans, when dogs feel sick or otherwise uncomfortable, they can experience anxiety. This type of stress can reflect directly in your dog’s behaviour and even manifests in fidgeting and constant scratching. A cause for this anxiety can be long periods of loneliness. When alone for a long time, your dog experiences fear of abandonment. Mostly, your dog doesn’t know if you’ll ever return which leads to high stress. Anxiety is often caused by destructive behaviour. Some dogs can get so nervous that they lose control of their bodies and pee, even if they have been previously trained for indoor living.
“I am constantly sharing my feelings with the movement of my tail.”
You can quickly evaluate how efficient you are at dog care by merely watching your pet’s tail. Dogs give you constant live updates on their feelings through their tails. Tails respond to emotion almost as much as your facial gestures. A wagging tail facing up is an indicator of a happy and excited pup; however, a down facing tail hidden between rear legs communicates all the opposite.
“I will do what gets me rewards.”
An essential in dog care is understanding that your dog thrives on attention and affection. Anything that your dog does, results in your attention or a treat is bound to be repeated. That is an obvious clue as to how you should react to your dog’s actions. The right kind of communication can help you best shape your dog’s behaviour.