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"A wagging tail doesn’t always indicate a friendly dog"

Reading a dog's body language

Dogs use body language as their primary way to communicate their feelings, both to us and to other dogs. Knowing the often slight differences in their behaviour in an office environment, can help us interact with our faithful friends in a safe and friendly way.

Tips to reading a dog's body language 

1. It’s when we misinterpret a dog’s body language, that we can be put in hazardous situations.  Did you know that a wagging tail for instance, doesn’t always indicate a friendly dog? Instead look for a floppy tail and a relaxed body language.

2. Do not approach a dog that is obviously uncomfortable with you or one that has its hackles up (the fur that runs along it’s back). It’s best to always approach a dog when it feels calm and comfortable in its environment.

3. Did you know that dogs can display up to 30 calming signal? Some of the more obvious signs include:  yawning, licking their lips, sniffing and looking away. Whilst all these behaviours are natural, the most important thing you need to be aware of is the context that they are used.

About the Purina PetCare Advice Centre

PetCare Advice Centre The Purina PetCare Advice Centre brings together a team with in-depth knowledge, experience and special interests with the skills to advise about health and nutrition, behaviour, training, socialisation, as well as basic first aid for your cat or dog. Our team of dedicated pet lovers can also provide information about Purina products and services to help you give your pet the best possible care. If you've got a question about any aspect of pet care, then ask the Purina PetCare Advice team.


Last updated: 04 June 2015 at 12:13 PM
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