My family lost our beloved dog Bailey a few months ago. She was one of the kindest, most wonderful souls I’ve ever met. When I looked at her face, I could almost always tell if she was feeling playful, shy or just wanted to cuddle. After we lost our sweet Bailey girl, we decided to honor her memory by rescuing another dog from a shelter. So we saved Hampton and I’ve been learning how to read his moods now. I’ve done a bit of research so I want to share with you some insight on How to Read Your Dogs Mood.
Even though dogs can’t communicate verbally, they have a variety of methods for letting you know what mood they’re in. Dogs don’t fake their emotions, so they’re pretty transparent! So, let’s get down to it. How do you decipher those doggy feelings?
How Do I Know If My Dog Is Happy?
A happy dog is a relaxed dog. His or her muscles will be very relaxed, ears will be in their natural positions and the tail will also wag from side to side. The animal’s facial expression remains neutral. The mouth is typically closed, or slightly open. You might even notice the hint of a smile, with the corners of their mouth turning upward.
What If They’re Scared?
Dogs that are scared tend to make themselves very small. If the dog’s body is hunched over, with their tail hanging low, this is usually a sign that they are frightened. The tail may also be tucked between their legs and the ears lie flat against their skull. They will cower and place themselves as close to the ground as possible. The muscles tense up, becoming rigid. An exaggerated yawn is another sign of fear.
Is Your Dog Feeling Playful?
If so, their body movements will become very bouncy. When a dog comes at you, then suddenly dodges, this is usually a sign that they are inviting you for a chase, especially if they paw at you on their way past! The bark of a playful dog is typically more pitched, but they may also growl as well.
How Can I Keep My Dog Happy?
I love my dogs so much, I want to be sure they’re as happy and healthy as possible. One way I keep Hampton healthy is by giving him a daily probiotic from FullBucket. You can read my FullBucket Review. Dogs also love treats and toys. I like to rotate Hampton’s toys so he never gets bored with them. I’m also a bit of a coupon junkie, so I found a couple sites that offer great coupons on pet treats and toys. If you’re interested, check out Discountrue.com and RetailMeNot to save money when buying treats and toys for your beloved pooch.
Until next time, keep loving your dogs and be sure to spoil them rotten! 😀
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