The other day when I was telling to a couple of friends that I talk to Bruno (our family dog) and he actually responds to everything I say, my friends did not believe me. In fact, they even started to tease me that I have gone complete crazy of our dog. Though crazy that I am of him, most pet parents understand very well what I mean, don’t you? Although we all know that pets learn our commands and even our language pretty fast, we humans are a tad bit slow in understanding their language that they express through their eyes, barks, tail, and their postures. Being with them for a while will automatically teach you all those things. However, when you are a new parent of a cute puppy and do not get some of your dog behaviors, here is a starter in understanding them. You would be able to care for them better when you know what are they trying to communicate.

Being alert

Oh well, dogs are usually always alert but not necessarily in a safe place like their homes. But when there is something happening around that picks at their interest and curiosity they get extra cautious and alert. Wide eyes, ears forward, mouth tightly closed, tail moving slightly side and side is all a sign of being alert and analyzing the situation is of threat or not.

Aggressive and ready to bite

Dogs bite when they sense some kind of threat and that is an act of defending themselves from danger. A stiff tail, wide eyes, forward ears, lips curled, and showing the teeth along with gums and body little forward to jump immediately. When you see a dog in this stance it’s better to move quickly without making sounds. Screaming and shouting, alarms and scares them even more.

Playful

It’s a pity many people do not understand this behavior. Most dogs come running wagging their tail, with ears up, dilated pupils, tongue out and bending forward with the front end paws. It means the dog is just being playful and is happy seeing you. They just want you to play ball or the tug.

Friendly and polite

Have you ever met a dog who, as soon as seeing you starts licking you all over? Well, do not shoo it off because licking is their way of expressing how happy they are of seeing you. Bent and flat ears, round puppy face, showing belly to rub, curved body are all signs of being loved.

Respect

When our children sit showing their back to us, we know what it means. Of course, they are angry, isn’t it? But when a dog shows its back to you, it means they are showing you respect.

I love you

Get a dog if you want to feel loved every day. Because they never miss expressing those feelings. It just we need to understand their non-talking way of communication. If your pet stretches in front of you in a way of greeting, he or she surely telling you those three words.

Do not greet a dog this way

I am just so tired of explaining people about the way they greet a dog when they see one. I know, they look so adorable and all you want to do is cuddle. But they don’t think you are cute too. Do not ever greet a dog by waving hands over their head, bending in front and patting on the head, hugging suddenly, staring into their eyes, screaming as “you are so adorable”, or by grabbing and kissing.

Right way to greet a dog

All you have to do is give it some time, stand without an eye contact, let the dog approach you. Keep your side or back bent slightly towards the dog. Once the dog’s guard is down after sniffing you, pat or stroke him on the side or back but definitely not on the head. You will soon make friends with that cute little puppy you adore.

Trust me! There is no better companion than having a dog around!!