You feel that you and your pet have bad communication and would like to get closer to him. Understanding the language of dogs, their language, which is the instrument they used to communicate their needs, mood and health are extremely important, so we leave you some recommendations so you can understand your pet:
The first thing you should keep in mind to understand your dog’s language is experience and coexistence. Over the years you get used to certain habits that your dog develops, whether they are a product of his instinct or that he has acquired as a specific characteristic of his personality, and you can even know what it means when he barks in a certain way, or when he Moves in a certain way.
However, there are certain elements of your language that we tend to overlook and can indicate important things, so let’s look at some of its most important features:
They communicate with the whole body
Because we are verbalized beings, sometimes it is very difficult for us to detect the importance of our body in the communication process. Gestures, clothes, movements … All this is strongly related to what we communicate.
The language of animals is, so to speak, more rudimentary and for them, body language is of great importance. In the case of dogs, they not only use the voice (barking, groans, howls), but their body is their main vehicle of communication.
Some signs of communication in dogs can be detected in:
- Gesturing: If you look closely at your pet’s face, you may realize that this manifests signs of curiosity, joy or fear, among a wide range of feelings through his facial gestures. For example, when he is afraid, his pupils tend to dilate, and when he is willing to play he usually shows a slight smile.
- The ears: The ears you can give a lot of information about what is going through your mind can. When he pays attention to something, he tends to pick them up and try to trace the origin of the sound. They also duck them in submission or throw them back while tense the body when it is on alert.
- The tail: Dogs move their tails for different reasons, usually indicating moods. When he is happy or anxious he will move it quickly; if she is afraid or feels threatened, she will hide it between her legs.
The barking of dogs can also have multiple meanings and, through these, will give us to understand many of their needs or their mood.
A dog that growls while it shows its teeth and tenses are in an attack position and are giving us a warning, so it is best to get away from it. If you’re barking is high and ecstatic you can show feelings of satisfaction, especially if your body remains relaxed.
If he barks in the direction of the door, it may indicate that someone has arrived, or there is something on the street that he considers threatening and tries to warn you.
In general, dogs use bark tones in the same way that we use the tone of voice, being able to express anger, fear or sadness. For example, a dog with fear will emit irregular grunts and some shrieks. On the contrary, if he is happy he will growl in a low tone leaving his teeth exposed.
Howls can be a sign of physical pain, especially when it comes unexpectedly, for example, colic. They can also denote fear and anxiety, especially when you put your tail between your legs. If it howls in a choppy manner, varying the tone and alternating it with barking, the dog is trying to get the caregiver’s attention to indicate that there is something he considers abnormal, even dangerous.
Moans can be a sign of illness, hunger, cold or fear. Although this is more common in puppies, it can occur in adults as a reflex act.
Sighs can denote pleasure or frustration, they are also the product of boredom or physical fatigue.
So, you know, understanding your pet will not be difficult. You just have to look closely at their behavior and see what kind of situations generate the attitudes they develop.