Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Recognizing Dog Behavior: Lets Talk Dog Language!

Do you know how to recognize the different behavior signs your dog gives off?


Our pups may not be able to speak our language, but they have their own way of telling us what they want, when something is bothering them, or when they are happy. We as humans, just need to learn to read their body language. This is especially important if you have human children at home, or even just going out for a walk with your dog, and knowing the signs your dog is giving if someone wants to pet him or approach him. Whatever the case may be, learning to read your dogs behavior is huge.

Have you ever seen photos that you will often find floating around the online world where a toddler will be climbing all over a dog, pulling his fur, or ears, or whatever the case me be. You know the one. Under the photo, people comment at how adorable it is, and what a great photo it is. BUT - upon a closer look you can plainly see the dogs warning signs. Things like licking his lips, nervous tail wagging etc...and that my friends, is when accidents happen.

Take a look at this wonderful chart made by a good friend of mine, Paul Mather from Snowdog Guru.


Learning a dogs behavior can prevent tragedies from happening. And if we can prevent an accident, then I think it's worth learning. Know the signs, know your dogs behavior. Study him, watch him, monitor his behavior. You will pick up quickly on what he wants or how he is feeling. 


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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this, a lot of people don't know how to read a dog and they get hurt.

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    1. Absolutely. And it's so important to recognize the different signs too.

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  2. Very good info and we love the chart. It is so important for humans to be aware of these signs.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. It really is. I wish more people would take the time to learn dog behavior

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  3. We can never keep a secret from Mom as she knows exactly what we are up too. I think we need to find a new communication so we can do stuff without her knowing first.

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  4. I love the infographic, that is so important for people to know. I've gotten so much better at reading dog language now than I used to be. It is especially important if you have children, or even just if you have multiple pets.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. So so very true! I have learned how to read my dogs very well. And I am thankful for that :)

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  5. Another brilliant post. But I have to say, the first photo is funny.

    sumskersandearlskers13.blogspot.com

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    1. Of Lex? Yea, see thats how I know she's happy! Not hard to read my girls behavior! hahahahaha!

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  6. Great post mates! Very important to understand postures like these! Play bows,

    NukNuk

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    1. Hiya! Nice to see you here! And yes, it really is!

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  7. Respected . . . that is not one we see in our house lol!

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    1. hahahaahha! Awww i'm sure you do. At least once and a while lmao

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  8. This is a great infographic! It is so important for people to read their dog's body language.

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    1. Yes, it really is. It prevents so many unnecessary accidents :/

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  9. It's good information. I hate seeing videos that people think are cute, where the animal is stressed.

    I sometimes think my bipeds read my mind - that's generally a good thing, but not when I want to get into mischief!

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    1. I know!!! It really disgusts me. How can someone think it is so cute when clearly the dog is in distress? ARG!

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  10. That is a terrific graphic! More people need to be mindful of their animals posture for clues to what they are feeling.

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