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Understanding your Dog’s Behaviour

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By understanding your dog’s behaviour and ways of communicating, you can develop a special and strong bond with your dog. You can learn how your dog communicates through everyday activities: when you play and train together and when you groom your dog. When observing your dog’s body language, take into account your surroundings and what’s going on. This can help you to understand what your dog may be trying to communicate. By understanding your dog’s body language, your bond will be strengthened.



When your dog’s tail is wagging, there is eye contact between the two of you and their body is lowered towards the front end, your dog is feeling friendly and is eager to play.


If your dog’s tail is horizontal with their ears and body leaning forwards, they may be interested in something close by.



A dog rolling on its back, or with their front legs stretched and their head lolled to one side is feeling very happy and relaxed.



Dogs often show fear by having their tail tucked under their legs. They may also avoid eye contact and keep their head lowered. Aggressive dogs can hold their tail motionless and growl. It is important to note that dogs showing fear or aggression can be dangerous, as they may be more inclined to bite. If you are concerned with your dog showing signs of aggression or fear consult a animal behaviouralist to assist you in correcting the behaviour.



If your dog’s head and body are lowered towards the ground and their tongue is licking the air, they are showing submissive behaviour. This may be to people or other animals.

If you have further questions on dog behaviour contact our Purina Pet Care Advise Team here.