Dogs are more loyal to us than any living being on the planet and we still haven’t been able to figure out why these selfless and caring canines are devoted to us in the first place. New dog owners may face a bit of a challenge to understand the unspoken language of their adorable pets. Matthew Davies addresses that problem with some helpful clues that would give you a better understanding of your pet dog.
Here are some clues that would help you to understand your dog better:
- The Tail Wagging – Your dog wags its tail in numerous ways to let you know plenty of things about its mood and needs. If your dog wags its lowered tail slowly it might be having a hard time understanding what to do in the current situation. It is a subtle way of them asking you for instructions.
When your dog is wagging its tail rapidly it understands that you are in charge. On the other hand, when the tail is raised and tremors slightly your dog may be challenging your authority. This behavior is pretty common since dogs have a pack mentality due to their wolf lineage and constantly looking forward to following or be the alpha.
- The tail is tucked inside – If your dog has its tail tucked between its legs then it might be scared or feeling very uncomfortable. It usually happens when they are really afraid of someone or something (maybe another animal). But if this behavior is repeated quite often, you should take your pet to the vet.
- The eyes – If your four-legged friend has wide-open eyes, it might be trying to get your attention and expects a response from you. So, it is better to approach unfamiliar dogs without directly staring at their eyes. For dogs and many other animals, this is a sign of aggression.
When your dog wants to play or wants to go out for a walk, they may be squinting their eyes and blinking at you. But if this behavior shows quite often, they might be in pain.
- The ears – When your dog is in a new environment or feeling curious about anything new, it usually has its ears inclined forward or straight up. Your dog is attentive at everything around itself and trying to figure out new food, person, or environment.
Dogs keep their ears flattened against the head to let you know they are scared. It may not be both ears, but the left ear is usually flattened when it is scared. Dogs may also react to unfamiliar people in this way. If you or your dog aren’t in a dangerous situation, try to calm it down by petting and hugging them.
Dogs are one of the best things that happened to human beings. They never leave your side even in the worst situations and there are hundreds of stories about their bravery and loyalty. Matthew Davies suggests that you use these clues to better understand your dog and have a trustworthy relationship with your loyal friend.