Get a Grip on Dog Body Language
Like humans, dogs use non-verbal signals to communicate how they’re feeling, says Irith Bloom, a certified professional trainer and director of training at The Sophisticated Dog, a pet training company in West Los Angeles, California.
Gestures like turning her head or body away, yawning, lip licking and rapid blinking are all ways dogs may show discomfort, says Bloom.
When your dog exhibits these stress signals it’s helpful to step back and try to figure out what’s causing the behavior, says Stefanie Strackbein, director of the Edu-Care for Dogs training center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
When you take time to notice and understand your dog’s body language, you can help her live a happier life by avoiding situations that stress her out or make her anxious.