Ever wondered what your dog is thinking or feeling? Does she really like you? There are a lot of things you can do to find out, without teaching your little Fido to ‘speak’ for herself. Dogs, like most other species, have their own ways of communication and it is important as their protectors to know what they are trying to say. By learning their ‘language’ you can easily tell if your dog is down with something or not. So its time to tune in!
Dogs communicate mostly with their body language, as apposed to vocal language. When they are happy they will convey a relaxed, alert, and receptive body posture. Giving kisses, cuddling up next to you, or following you through the house are good signs that she has fallen for you! Often, happy body language will be: Her tail is up and wagging (not straight up and still) head is high and her muscles will be relaxed. If your doggy is affectionate, active and not showing aggression with you, you’ve won her love! Aggressive warning signs in body language would be: Spine hairs sticking up, stiff tail, and little to no frequent movement. Sometimes the more obvious behaviors could include: growling, baring teeth or barking. These are also signs of a scared dog. If she is displaying these behaviors with you, you should proceed with caution and contact a dog trainer. This can mean distrust or trauma has been in her past. This doesn’t mean she will never love you! You can easily gain her trust by showing her that you don’t mean her harm, that you are there to love and protect her. There are many training tips and tricks you can learn from a trainer to do so.
Training and play time are very important to bonding with your pup. She is bound to love you if you take the time and energy to play with her! Play time is a perfect time to train because playing is how they learn (what hurts you, what she can and cannot do when rough-housing, ect). If he is willing to play with you that is a great sign. That means she is comfortable enough with you to become vulnerable with you which requires trust on her end. Dogs are not hard to read if you know what you are looking for, and chances are if you feed, love, and care for your Fido she will love and care for you too.