Dogs: Listen With Your Eyes
A dog trainer friend of mine posted this on Facebook and I felt it was worthy of sharing with other dog owners.
A lot of people don’t realize how much a dog communicates with its body. A raised foot, licking and looking away can all be appeasement signals to another dog (i.e., I mean no harm to you, I am no threat to you, etc.). While pricked ears, a rigid tail or a stiff wagging tail, placing head over the shoulder of another dog, can all be signs that a dog may not be so friendly or socially inclined.
As a dog owner, it pays to educate yourself on dog behavior and body signals. Here is a great video (slowed way down) that demonstrates examples of the behaviors I mentioned above. It is worth watching, especially if you want to understand dogs (even your dog) a little bit more. I also recommend watching some of the videos Petsmart has put together on dog behavior. I blogged about it just a few weeks ago.