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In today's episode we are going to discuss.....BODY LANGUAGE!!!!
It is SO hard for us as trainers to see pictures of dogs online or dogs out in public who are stressed/anxious. Learning body language signs isn't sexy, but it is SO important.
If your dog does bear their teeth or growl at someone, this doesn't mean they are automatically aggressive. You need to help your dog get out of that situation and tell the person to back up and respect your dog's space. DO NOT punish the dog for growling, this leads to them moving right to biting if they are not being listened to.
Dogs shaking off when they are not wet is a way for dogs to release stress. The human equivalent of a deep sigh for humans when we are stressed.
Yawning is another way that dogs communicate stress.
Lip licks are another subtle way that dogs show they are stressed/trying to communicate.
Fake drinking water when multiple dogs are playing means the dog needs a break. The other dogs almost always leave that dog alone.
Dogs lifting their paws one at a time shows they are a bit apprehensive about a situation.
Dogs taking treats harder than usual with their mouth usually means they are more stressed than normal.
When the dog stops taking treats completely if they normally eat those treats, that usually means stress.
Let us know if there are other things your dog does and you don't know how to interpret them. Take note of how your dog and other dogs are communicating with their body language when you are out in the world.