Wouldn’t it be great if we could have a conversation with our dogs? It would be so much easier to figure out what they want, and no doubt they would have a very unique perspective on the world.
Unfortunately dogs haven’t developed the ability to speak, but they can communicate through body language and facial expressions. With a bit of know-how, it is possible to figure out what they are thinking – or at least get a rough idea.
Some dogs are easier to read then others, but if you can learn to identify when a dog is uncomfortable you catch potential problems and help your dog work through them.
Below is a set of common behaviours and what they might mean. We have this poster by Dr. Sophia Yin hung up at the breeding and training centre for easy reference. Download a copy from her website.