• Larissa Davies

Don't say he didn't warn you..

Understanding a dogs body language and the signs of a dog that is becoming anxious or stressed is something a lot of us dog owners don't think about. We presume that if they grown or show their teeth that they've had enough, but in actual fact, our dogs display very subtle signs of stress before they give that unpleasant snap.

A dog can't communicate to us they are not happy with that child climbing all over them or when they don't want that strange person rushing in and stroking them verbally. So it's our job to understand how our dogs are feeling so help them feel relaxed and to prevent any incidents.

Signs can be:

  • Panting

  • Drooling

  • Licking around the mouth

  • Scratching

  • Ears down or back

  • Showing teeth

  • Lunging

  • Wincing

  • Growling

  • Eyes widening

  • And the end result if all above were ignored is the bite!

We can't blame the dog and get cross if they've been trying to tell us they are not happy. If your dog is displaying any of these signs without a particular reason and it's out of character, it's worth establishing if they are in any pain or feeling under the weather. Seek vetinary advise at soonest opportunity if you feel it is out of character and you suspect pain or illness.

  • If your dog becomes stressed or anxious showing the above signs, here's what you can do to keep yourself & others safe and get your dog back to a comfortable calm state:

  • Give them space, back away slowly, do not stand front on as that is quite a confrontational approach if they are feeling scared. Its always best to be side on avoiding eye contact

  • Stay calm. Dogs are very good at picking up on your feelings, if you are feeling scared or anxious, it'll vibrate over to them and they'll think there's a reason to feel scared

  • Don't shout at them, calm reassurance can be given if you feel your pet responds to that

  • Keep children away and help young children to understand the importance of giving dogs space

If you have any further questions or need advice on dog body language please don't hesitate to contact.


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