The writer of this article who is also the founder of All Things Dogs is John Woods, a professional dog trainer and an expert in dog behavior.
If your friend isn’t talking to you, it’s impossible to understand their feelings. Quite a good number of people think that they can be able to know what a friend who is scared, happy, or in a state of amusement feels.
But does this apply to our dogs? Is it possible to tell how your dog is feeling? Is there a way we can understand the needs of our best friends (dogs)?
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Well, dog trainers have over the last two decades using the abbreviation BET in a bid to help dog owners understand the feelings and emotions of their dogs. They do this by looking at the Body, Eyes, and Tail.
Figuring out the needs of our dogs becomes a bit easier when we know the things we are looking for. Dogs may be trying to tell you through body language, let’s go through four different examples.
Tail Wagging does it mean your dog is happy?
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Most of the times, when a dog wags its tail, we interpret this as a sign of joy and excitement. Mostly, this could be the case, but do not ignore the body language as this could tell you more.
Tail wagging could also mean the dog is frightened or unsure of the next thing.
If you see your dog avoiding looking at you, and tail hanging lowly, while wagging, it’s an indication your dog is scared.
On the other hand, if your dog wags their tail in a lifted and high position while standing firm, with pricked up ears, it could mean he feels nervous and is about to attack.
It’s therefore essential not to ignore other body parts because tail wagging does not always mean a happy dog.
Continue to page 2 to learn about when your dog freezes.