How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language

Have you ever wondered what your dog is doing when they are interacting with another dog? Do you know How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language? Sometimes it feels like you’re watching something in a foreign language as your dog communicates with another dog?

It can be frustrating not knowing if we should step in and stop your dog or let the activity continue. You’d be surprised how many people misunderstand their dog’s behaviour but it becomes easy – when you know how to judge whether your dog is happy playing or is feeling distressed can make all the difference to how they socialize with other dogs.

There are lots of tell-tale signs. What you need to know is what they mean and then it’s like watching a movie in English rather than a foreign language. Dogs can read each other without any difficulty, it is natural to them, however for us it doesn’t. We should learn the different body language signals that they use.

Here are some of the key gestures that you can watch out for so you can understand what your dog is thinking. At the bottom of this post is a link to an interesting video by Dan where you can watch all the behaviour’s I mention below for yourself.
dogs at play in the park

The Head Over: placing their head over the back of another dog’s neck.

This is one of the most common ways a dog will attempt to assert their dominance over another dog. It is neither good nor bad. Some dogs however will contest it if they are not happy being dominated. A dog who is not happy with this will clearly let the other dog know!

Returning to Play: a dog returning to play more with another dog.

This is a sign that suggests a dog is happy to play. Often this simple behaviour is overlooked by dog owners. Many times, a dog may look like they are not enjoying things as they are being dominated and pushed around but is very happy and will run back for more! If they were unhappy they would very likely stay away.


Lifting One Paw in The Air: the dog stands still on three legs.  

This is a submissive gesture that says I am submissive and non- threatening. The other dog may react in several ways but it is generally a good sign.


Hackles Up: the hair on the dogs back goes up.

Very often people think that this automatically means that the dog is being aggressive or going to be aggressive, however it can also just be excitement. It does mean that the dog is very alert but this can be because they just love playing with other dogs. Keep an eye on your dog and don’t panic.

Three dog at play in the garden

360 Degree Spins: The dog completes a complete spin

The dog spinning will almost certainly be very happy and will be trying to encourage some play activity. When a dog turns their back on another dog it shows that they are relaxed and not scared.

There are so many little things to look out for – some more obvious than others. One of the best places to learn how to read dogs is Doggy Dan’s website The Online Dog Trainer. Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do today is look inside the site!

This video website is an excellent source of learning not only about how to interpret your dog’s behaviour but also how to stop unwanted behaviour and train dogs and puppies.

Here is just one fantastic example of his work, demonstrating the above dog behaviour’s and many more: 

To look and get your $1 access now, something that I would strongly recommend CLICK HERE

Doggy Dan’s site is truly amazing with over 250 videos inside. So, if you really want to have a dog that you can be proud of look no further, simply take the 3 day $1 trial inside Doggy Dan’s site

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