How Dogs Communicate

Animals speak all of the time, as spoken through their body language, but many times their messages are misunderstood or go unheard. As a result, a dog may be placed in a situation or interaction where they’re uncomfortable, but if polite requests for help or requests for space go unheard, their body language and behavior may escalate to a louder shout (think: growl or scratch) to get others to listen. Attending to the early signs of fear, anxiety and stress as well as understanding the signs of a content and happy pet is essential for deepened relationships, safer living with animals and for helping our pets live happier, healthier fuller lives. In this video you’ll learn the key communication signs to attend to for better, safer interactions with dogs/cats; including the subtle whispers of the pet’s underlying emotional state that you can’t afford to miss.

As in canine world most of the communication is done through body language and positioning and some vocalization this is quite a contrast to the way we humans communicate - we are vocal and physically affectionate.

Have you ever thought about how we alter our dogs' body posture through the use of tools such as leads, haltis, harnesses, muzzles etc and their consequences?

Always consider how you carry yourself as your dog is always looking out for clues and his behaviour can be affected by your emotional state.

Sometimes dog's growl can be so low that if you are not paying attention you will not hear it! Dogs deserve to be listened to just as much as we want them to listen to us.