Your dog can talk. Of course, he cannot use spoken language to communicate, but that doesn't mean he isn't talking. In case you have not noticed, dogs use specific actions to convey their moods. Body language is the foundation of canine communication, and understanding these signals can help us dog lovers gain insight into the hearts and minds of our dogs.
There are several distinct gestures seen in dogs that convey specific emotions. These actions can easily go unnoticed or be misinterpreted if you don't know what you are looking for. For example, you may not know that a yawning dog is not necessarily tired, but possibly displaying anxiety. What does it mean when you see the whites of a dog's eyes? Why do dogs use these gestures? It's a good thing trainer Amy Bender has created a guided tour to the various forms of canine communication and appeasement. Check it out and you might even learn something new about your own dog.
Photo ? Jenna Stregowski