Probably the best thing you can do for your puppy is to learn something about his psychology. Learning canine psychology can help you live happily and harmoniously with your dog. We don’t expect you to be a canine psychologist – you don’t have to be an expert anyway. But a little knowledge will only be enough to a point, and if you need help and advice before a small problem becomes a big one, your first port of call should be your veterinarian.
Understanding your puppy ‘s body language
Dogs always communicate with each other using body language. This communication includes facial expressions, body postures, sounds, and smells. Dogs will use their mouths, eyes, ears and tails to express their emotions. And one of the reasons that make them such good pets is their ability to communicate with people.
Large dog: If your puppy is feeling brave or aggressive, he’ll try to make himself bigger by standing up straight, keeping his ears and tail up. It will also push his chest outward and make his neck and back hair (neck hair) upright. It can also growl and wag its tail slowly.
Small dog: On the other hand, an obedient dog will try to pretend to be small and behave like a puppy; This is because an adult dog ‘reprimands’ a puppy but doesn’t attack him. Therefore, the submission will take the form of crouching close to the ground, holding the tail down, but wagging. He may also try to lick the face of the dominant dog or person. It can even roll on its back.
Your puppy’s tail: there is a story here.Most of us know that tail wagging is a sign of friendship and satisfaction. However, as we mentioned, exaggerated tail wagging can be seen in obedient dogs as well as dogs with very short tail. However, the tail can also indicate other moods. If it’s swinging slowly and hard, it’s an expression of anger; Holding the tail by pressing down relative to its rump tells you that your pet is scared. An aggressive or angry dog may drop its tail, but it wags it hard.
Understanding your puppy’s facial expression: Your puppy’s face will tell a lot about his mood – is he scared or angry, excited or playful?
Suturing the ears indicates attention or listening; on the other hand, dropped ears can indicate either satisfaction or fear. Therefore, you should look at other expressions of body language to understand the emotional state correctly.
Come on, look into your puppy’s eyes: In the wild, dogs stare or challenge each other until someone gives up. Therefore, you should never try to beat your puppy with your gaze, especially if he is angry; however, regular eye contact will strengthen your relationship and give it confidence.
Is that a smile? But when the lips are pulled back tightly to expose the teeth, this is undoubtedly an attack.
Game please: If your puppy wants to play, he will raise a paw or kneel and bark for attention. Or, you can give him a toy or have another dog go to join the chase game.
Your body language: If you want to improve your communication with your puppy, you can also improve your own body language. For example, crouching with open arms is a sign of warm welcome. However, standing still is a sign of threat. Your puppy will try to understand your body signals rather than listen to you and will quickly learn to understand how you feel, even when you are not speaking.
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