Recognizing Your Dog’s Body Language

Recognizing Your Dog’s Body LanguageWithout a shadow of a doubt, dogs are indeed man’s best friend. While any dogs would likely do just about anything for their owner or their pack, their communication signals often go unnoticed. Even dog enthusiasts who have owned dogs all their lives might struggle to understand just what their four-legged friend is trying to tell them. Therefore, let us explore how to differentiate your dog’s moods and behavior based on their body language. In turn, your Dog Bite Liability can be reduced, and the threat of your dog attacking can be significantly prevented.

If your dog is relaxed…

Your dog’s stance will be erect, their ears will be perched up but not to the maximum potential, and their tail will be wagging slowly. This means they are confident and do not feel threatened by the other dogs in the area or their surroundings.

If your dog is fearful or anxious…

They will cower their bodies, put their tail between their legs, pant, and have very wide eyes. If you’re able to see the whites of your dog’s eyes, this is a good indicator he is uncomfortable or anxious.

If your dog is aggressive…

He will have a rigid stance, his tail will be rigid or sticking straight out and with ears pricked up. Next, see if your dog’s hackles (the hair down the middle of their backs) are standing up and if their teeth are even slightly visible, says Dogster. Further, take note of your dog’s gaze. If it is an intense, focused stare, it likely indicates they are preparing to fight.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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