All paw pals communicate through various actions that are designed for communication amongst them. Barks, whining and growling are also a part of their non-verbal communication. This is their only way to communicate their emotions and feelings to others around them. Although you need not be fluent in their body language you must have a fair idea of what your furry friend is trying to communicate and learn how to interpret their behaviour.
Understanding his body language will help you comprehend what is going on with your furry friend. It takes a little time to get the hang of it and requires patience. When we think of all the love they shower us with, it only makes it fair that we also try our best to understand what they are trying to communicate.
When observing their tail you must keep in mind 2 things: the base of the tail and how they are moving the tail. A relaxed furry will keep his tail aligned to his spine or sometimes below their spine a little away from their body. As they get more excited they raise it above their spine level and wag it rigorously communicating their excitement and happiness. A wag may be from side to side or in circular motions which depicts his excitement. The wag gets faster with increased levels of excitement.
However, if they feel uncomfortable or are afraid of the surroundings they are around they tend to tuck their tail between their legs. Sometimes, they may also hold it close to their belly or wag stiffly communicating their fear.
A furry friend will tilt their head when they are extremely interested or are uncertain about something. They also show this behaviour when they expect for more information, especially from a trainer. They generally shake their head when they are relieved from tension or after being aggressive and alert. This behaviour is cited when they are waiting for something to happen.
Have you felt that after a bowl full of yummy, lip-smacking BITES he is grinning? Cause he probably is. Furry buddies smile when they are content. They do not clench their teeth and let their tongue hang loosely with their mouth open, with soft puppy eyes and ears straight they are in the most relaxed state of mind. They are content and their muscles are relaxed.
This is commonly found in all-paw pals. They love digging in the ground for many reasons either to escape, to track other animals, to make a cosy place to lie down or hide something important to them. It is perfectly normal behaviour but if you think that it is getting out of control you may require professional help to reduce this stubborn behaviour.
If your furry friend is on the ground with his belly exposed he is either showing respect or just being playful. You can always encourage him by rubbing his belly. They only do that to show that they are very comfortable and enjoying their time.
When your paw pal is standing tall he is trying to show his dominance on you. It is a way to assert his power. They may also raise their tail over their body to be noticed. Standing tall is very contextual and they might display such behaviour in various situations.
Growling and Howling:
If your furry companion is making a medium to high pitch growl without any barks that means he is becoming protective, territorial and aggressive and might attack people or animals. If the growl is low pitched it simply means that he is playful and contended.
A long howl is made to remind their presence. Furry generally howl to make their presence felt when they feel lonely. However, a short howl means that he is satisfied and excited. Paw pals also howl when they mimic other sounds.
Dog parents need to understand why their furry babies are behaving the way they are. It also helps them understand their requirements and what they are trying to convey. Decoding their behaviour will assist you to build a stronger bond with them and also show your love for them.