Dog Body Language – Test your skills
I don’t know about you, but I have been seeing (and reading) some really great articles on dog body language and dog behavior lately. It’s really exciting to see so many of them out there and so readily available to dog owners who want to better understand their dogs.
Even though I have some education in understanding dog body language, I always like to learn more, and I especially like being able to practice my skills whenever I get the chance.
Reading dog body language is a skill that must be developed. You can’t just watch a video and suddenly know it. Even the best trainers practice their skills whenever they can. Understanding dog body language not only helps you to better understand your own dog, but it also help you to know what another unknown dog is saying, especially if it is in a dangerous situation.
You can see a full list of the articles I have been reading below, but I thought it would be fun to share a few photos with you today and see if you can tell what these dogs are saying. Give it a try and check back tomorrow. I’ll share my observations then. (The results are in. Head on over to the blog post that contains my observations.)
Picture 1: Lab and St. Bernard
- Take a look at how these two dogs approach one another. How do they greet one another?
- Where are their heads and bodies in relation to one another?
- Where are their tails? Their ears?
- What else do you see in this picture that can tell you more about these two dogs and what they are saying to one another?
Picture 2: Sheltie
- What is this dog telling you?
- Where are her ears?
- What do you notice about her eyes? Her mouth? Her body?
- What do you notice about this dog?
- Where are her ears? Tail?
- Does her mouth look relaxed or hard?
- Is she leaning forward? Back?
Picture 4: Lab Mix and Shepherd Mix
- What do you see in this picture?
- Where are each dog’s ears? Feet? Body?
- What do you notice about their eyes?
- What else do you see?
- What is My Dog Trying to Tell Me? by Sue Alexander in Modern Dog Magazine
- Socialization Tips For Adult Dogs: A Tail Of Two Collies by Nancy Freedman-Smith of Petcha
- Dog Park Bullies: How to recognize bullying at the dog park and what to do if your dog is targeted by Steve Duno
These next five are all by Ann Bernrose of Woof Work Blog:
- Reading dogs 1: Tail position
- Reading dogs 2: Tail wagging
- Reading dogs 3: Ear position
- Reading dogs 4: Eyes
- Reading dogs 5: Mouths