How pets communicate.
Although dogs and cats can’t physically speak the English language, they may be saying more than you realise. Understanding a pet’s body language is key to understanding your furry friend and what he or she wants to tell you. Here’s a list of signs to watch out for and what they mean.
Tail wagging doesn’t just mean a dog is happy, it also communicates interest in his or her current surroundings. Keep a close eye on your pet when around other dogs, in case this interest turns into something more dangerous.
Dogs look deeply at you to determine how you are feeling or are looking for reassurance. Keep an eye out for ‘whale eye’ (seeing the whites of their eyes) as it’s a sign of stress and anxiety. For example, they may show the whites of their eyes when they need forgiveness for a misdeed.
Although your dog might be tired, yawns can occur in times of stress and are a way to calm themselves.
When the hair on a dog’s back is standing up, it means that he/she is aroused but not always in a negative way. You can compare this gesture to goosebumps in humans. Owners need to determine what is arousing their pet, and if there is any danger. If growling accompanies raised hackles, it’s a sign of worry – exercise caution.
Putting a paw on you
Dogs are sensitive and emotional creatures and sometimes they just want to be near you, but a pooch’s paw on your body is a sign of asking permission. If you’re sitting on the lounge, he could be begging to jump up, or if you’re standing up, it could mean wanting to go for a walk.