For dogs, a high and stiff tail means your pup is feeling tense about the situation at hand. This is an indication that your dog is on guard to protect his turf. On the other hand, a low and fast-wagging tail signifies feelings of nervousness and submission. "Happy tails" are often neutral and combined with calm body language such as relaxed ears and mouth. Front paws down and a perked-up and wagging rear end typically indicate that your pup is ready for playtime.
Non-pet parents may think it's "gross," but getting a lick from a loving pet is equivalent to receiving a kiss from a human. When dogs lick a human's hand or face, they are expressing affection and establishing a bond -- the same holds true for dogs that lick each other. While the main purpose may be for grooming, when two dogs lick each other they are communicating signs of appreciation.
Often, those big, adorable, puppy-dog eyes are a clever tactic to get treats, but dog's eyes say much more. Beware of intent stares from a troubled pooch, as it can suggest aggression and threatening behavior. When placed in uncomfortable environments, some canines are known to give strangers the "whale eye," where you can sometimes see the whites of their eyes. Be cautious of the side-glare whale eye, as it signifies an on-guard and frightened pup. If a dog stares at you with relaxed facial expressions and a playful demeanor, it is likely they are looking for your companionship and attention. Pets with submissive demeanors will avoid contact with other dogs as their way of keeping the peace.
Unlike some people, pets tend to "deal with" pain or feelings of illness. Rather than whine or yelp, dogs tend move forward as best as they can with the situation at hand. It is up to us, as pet parents, to recognize signs that our pets are feeling ill. Look for signs of limping, lethargy, excessive thirst and any other behavior that may be out of the ordinary for your pet. Talk to your vet immediately upon noticing any changes in your pet to ensure a speedy recovery.
Chances are when you're cooing to Fido, all he's hearing is, "Blah, blah, blah." Stop annoying everyone around you -- and learn to speak his language.
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