How many times have you looked at your dog and wondered, “what are you trying to say?” Truth be told, I talk to my basset hound like she is my best girlfriend. Although I am well aware of the fact that “Vegas” (my hound dog) will not talk, I still ask her questions like, “Did you miss me?”, “Who is at the door?”
I wish I was able to read my dog’s mind when she is clearly trying to send out signals. If you are like me, these interesting facts on canine communication will probably answer some questions.
If you are concerned about your dog (or any dog) being in fear, the first thing to look at is the tail. Pups that are frightened will often have their tails in a downward position or completely tucked under their bottom. Another interesting fact that I learned when it comes to fear in dogs is – “whale eye”. If you notice a dog turning its head far enough that you can only see the whites of their eyes, that is called “whale eye”. See, you learn something new every day!
Another possible sign of fear is barking. Think about human behavior; Some people become more vocal (by yelling or screaming) when in fear. If a dog is afraid of something, listen to their bark. If it sounds a bit “off” from their usual tone, this may indicate fear. Keep in mind, a few years ago, an article in the Smithsonian magazine concluded that dogs may bark for no reason. It’s just something that they do. Dog owners are usually good at sensing when their dog’s bark is a bit “off”.
- “On Alert”
- “Tail Talk”
Hopefully you learned a thing or two with the information I provided. I will be back on Monday with, “What Is My Dog Saying?: Part Two”. In the next article, I will be discussing more body language and doggie gestures to help you better understand your fur baby.