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How to Understand Your Dog Better: Communication Clues Just like humans, dogs do get into moods and will try to communicate them to you. But it can be difficult to understand what they are saying just by looking at their body language. The great thing about dogs, and all types of dog breeds, is that they will not fake their emotions and they will try to tell you what’s going on. It’s important that as a dog owner, you learn their communication language and watch out for the tell-tale signs that your dog is giving to you. These communication signs can be broken down based on your dog’s physical body, such as the tail, eyes, ears, face and stance. • Tail: the tail is one of the easiest communication methods to look out for. When a dog’s tail is lowered but still wagging, it can mean that he or she is playful, excited or that they know you are the one in charge. If the tail is lowered and wagging slowly, it could be that they are waiting for you to tell them what to do so that they understand what is currently happening. ◦ If the tail is raised but tremors, it could be your dog challenging you and your authority. If this happens, it means that the dog feels like they are in charge of the current situation and has authority over you. ◦ The most common and easiest recognizable communication form is when the tail is tucked between the legs. This is a very common sign for the dog being afraid, scared or uncomfortable either in the situation you are currently in or even of you. If you cannot discern what is causing your dog to be uncomfortable, and your dog does this frequently, it is a good idea to take them to the veterinarian.
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How to Understand Your Dog Better: Communication Clues Just like humans, dogs do get into moods and will try to communicate them to you. But it can be difficult to understand what they are saying just by looking at their body language. The great thing about dogs, and all types of dog breeds, is that they will not fake their emotions and they will try to tell you what’s going on. It’s important that as a dog owner, you learn their communication language and watch out for the tell-tale signs that your dog is giving to you. These communication signs can be broken down based on your dog’s physical body, such as the tail, eyes, ears, face and stance. • Tail: the tail is one of the easiest communication methods to look out for. When a dog’s tail is lowered but still wagging, it can mean that he or she is playful, excited or that they know you are the one in charge. If the tail is lowered and wagging slowly, it could be that they are waiting for you to tell them what to do so that they understand what is currently happening. ◦ If the tail is raised but tremors, it could be your dog challenging you and your authority. If this happens, it means that the dog feels like they are in charge of the current situation and has authority over you. ◦ The most common and easiest recognizable communication form is when the tail is tucked between the legs. This is a very common sign for the dog being afraid, scared or uncomfortable either in the situation you are currently in or even of you. If you cannot discern what is causing your dog to be uncomfortable, and your dog does this frequently, it is a good idea to take them to the veterinarian.
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5 minutes 7 seconds
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The above lesson is a great teaching resource for:Intermediate (B1)
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21/08/2022
Video quiz questions (printable)
1. Fill the gap.
Just like humans dogs get intoand will try tothem to you.
2. Choose the correct options.
What is difficult to understand just by looking at their body language?
What they're barking
What they're saying
What they're bringing
What they're hoping
3. Unmix the sentence.
The
great
thing
about
dogs
is
that
they
will
not
fake
their
emotions.
4. Choose the correct options.
What is the synonym of "tell-tale"?
Hide
Talk
Cry
Walk
5. Unmix the sentence.
These
communication
signs
can
be
broken
down
based
on
your
dog's
physical
body.
6. Guess the end.
What is the easiest communication methods to look out for?
7. Guess the end.
When a dog's tail is lowered but still wagging, what can it mean?
8. Unmix the sentence.
When
the
tail
is
lowered
and
wagging
slowly,
it
could
be
that
they
are
waiting
for
you
to
tell
them
what
to
do.
9. Choose the correct options.
If the tail is raised but tremors what could it be?
It could be your dog challenging your authority.
It could be about play
It could be about anger
It could be about a physical activity
10. Guess the end.
What is the most common and easiest recognizable communication form?
11. Guess the end.
What does it mean when the tail is tucked between the legs?
12. Unmix the sentence.
The
eyes
are
a
bit
harder
to
discern
from
the
tail.
13. Guess the end.
What do dogs show through their eyes?
14. Choose the correct options.
What does it mean when a dog's eyes are open wide and your dog is alert?
It means they are shocked
It means they are afraid
It means they try to get your attention
It means they are sad
15. Unmix the sentence.
If
your
dog
squints,
blinks
or
even
winks
at
you,
it
means
that
the
dog
is
feeling
playful.
16. Guess the end.
Why do you need to watch our for frequent or constant blinking?
17. Unmix the sentence.
The
ears
are
more
subtle
and
will
definitely
take
more
time
to
get
used
to.
18. Choose the correct options.
What does it mean if the are pulled back against the head?
It means your dog is excited
It means your dog is scared.
It means your dog is clueless.
It means your dog wants to play.
19. Unmix the sentence.
One
of
the
most
recognizable
signs
that
you
come
across
is
your
dog
yawning.
20. Fill the gap.
Most peopleto think their dog is just
21. Guess the end.
What can the yawn mean?
22. Unmix the sentence.
You
will
see
this
a
lot
around
puppies
when
they
are
around
unfamiliar
dogs.
23. Guess the end.
What does it mean when your yawns immediately after you?
24. Unmix the sentence.
If
the
dog
licks
his
face,
he
can
either
be
mopping
up
food
leftovers
or
showing
that
he
is
stressed.
25. Choose the correct options.
What does it mean when the dog shows his teeth but doesn't bark or snarl?
It means hunger
It means fear
It means territory protection
It means sadness
26. Guess the end.
What does it mean when the dog exposes belly to you?
27. Unmix the sentence.
When
you
rub
or
pet
the
belly,
it
confirms
that
you
are
pleased
with
the
dog.
28. Guess the end.
What does it mean when the dogs put their face on your knee or leg?
29. Guess the end.
What is a domination technique by a dog?
30. Unmix the sentence.
If
the
dog
shakes
its
entire
body,
it's
usually
to
be
rid
of
some
kind
of
tension.
31. Guess the end.
When will they be rid themselves of the excess water?
32. Guess the end.
What is the dog showing when he or she turns his or her back on you and sits?
33. Unmix the sentence.
Dogs
show
a
large
range
of
emotions
and
they
are
quite
capable
of
communicating
them
with
you.
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