Puppy Body Language: Understanding Puppy Communication On Pets And Tricks

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Understanding puppy body language is crucial to having a great relationship with your pup.

Puppies communicate with us and each other all the time. We just need to understand what they’re communicating. 

Your puppy can let you know when he’s being playful, anxious, scared, deferential, or dominant by what he exhibits by his body language.

Puppy body language is shown by his facial expressions and various body postures.

Puppy Body Language - Golden puppy looking up

But remember: no one facial expression or body posture alone demonstrates how your puppy really feels. 

You need to read the whole picture–as well as any vocalizations and the situation–to determine what he’s trying to tell you.

When my Aussie mix Millie was a puppy, she would engage in many behaviors when she wanted to play with the other dogs in the household. 

When she wanted to play with the smallest dog, Lhasa apso Ralphie, she demonstrated more submissive body language. She lied down and rolled on her back. 

By doing this, Ralphie would play “bitey face” with her. 

But if she stood over him and was rough, he wouldn’t play. She understood that–and he understood if she rolled on her back, she would play more gently,

In this article, I’ll discuss why it’s so important to read your dog’s body language. And I’ll describe what various body positions and facial expressions mean.

But keep in mind that you have to look at the whole picture. No one body signal is definitive of a puppy’s state of mind.

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