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Understanding Dog Body Language – Learn how to read dogs behavior better

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This video goes over very BASIC dog body language. This video is meant to give a brief overview of what it means when your dog does a certain behaviour.

Dog communication is one of the most misunderstood part of dogs and humans and causes tremendous amounts of problem for both species. If you can take a few parts of this video and apply it to your life and better understanding your dog you will have a more fulfilled relationship with your four legged pal.

36 thoughts on “Understanding Dog Body Language – Learn how to read dogs behavior better”

  1. I love this video! I have worked with dogs in a veterinary setting for over 5 years and I admit I have only fully learned this “secret language” in the past two years….I don’t know how I ever worked with dogs before I had this knowledge!!

  2. I really enjoy your videos and the way you explain everything in a easy to listen too manner. Keep up the good work, I have also utilised some of your methods with my 7 month old Rhodesian ridgeback and they work really well.

  3. She forgot to include this:
    When a dog’s butt is up and the front body is down just like when they are stretching… it means that they want to play… if a dog does the play signal to another dog and the other dog gives the same signal, it means that they both want to play…

    1. @el afreet When hes stretching, the front legs will probably be straight and the head in an awkward looking position because he’s stretching his neck, too. In a play bow, the front legs are bent and elbows touching the ground. The dog will also look at the one he wants to play with, as if he’s asking “you wanna play?” A lot of times when I see dogs stretching, especially after getting up from a nap, they stretch pushing back for only a few seconds, then stretch pushing forward.

    2. Dogs have a ton of ways of communicating, if she included every signal or piece of body language a dog could give this would be hours long.

  4. I like the fact that you combined the text on the screen with the videos depicting the behavior.  I am recommending this video to others because often the signs are misinterpreted – such as a wagging tail – and they do not always mean that the dog is friendly! 

    1. Great video Kristen! I would recommend reviewing the subtitle text color as sometimes it was impossible to read as black dog on black text, or certain other shades. Also, you’re right Jody, ppl misinterpret very often

  5. Thank you for this video. Helps a lot! I basically knew what to do and what to look for in most situations when it comes to dogs because I work at a shelter for cats and dogs and I would walk the dogs and sometimes I would not know what to do in some situations. This video gave me ideas. Thanks again:)

  6. You can always learn new things about dog body language and Kristin does a great job with video clips sharing stress behavior in dogs.  I am constantly reminded that there are many people who try to humanize dog behavior and who do not understand how close they are to their dog blowing a fuse.  Direct eye contact, smiling, high pitched voice, leaning over the dog, it’s a recipe for disaster.   Highly recomment watching to learn the stress signals.  Lip licking, staring into space, ground sniffing, avoidance, the ‘statue’, panting, sweaty paws… all signals that humans need to recognize.

    1. Yes this is dog language but you make it bigger than it is. Recipe for disaster. . In some cases yes.. plus dog language is not complicated . People just need to realize that to own or be around a dog, you better know how to talk to them.

  7. Ʌᵴḥɭɘɏ Ɠɭφφϻ

    I am a canine behaviorist. I just wanted to say this is the best video on canine body language I’ve seen so far! Great job! ^_^

    1. Also a behaviourist. Totally agree. The best vid I’ve seen so far. If I were looking to pull fault the only thing I could mention is the use of the squeaky toy to redirect attention from the young and old pitties at play does not communicate the message to the younger dog. I would suggest giving a verbal correction such as ‘no’ followed by presenting my foot between them if he doesnt get the message. I think its important to give clear indication to the younger dog that his play is too intense, thereby aligning myself as pack leader in backing up the other senior dog.

  8. Thank you!! I always get worried when I’m walking my dog and I have an encounter with another dog, since my dog is quite big and really playful he can be a bit much for other dogs sometimes, but what worried me the most was when to intervene and knowing what was okay for him to be doing and what wasn’t. This will definitely help a lot 🙂

  9. THANK YOU for making this video! It’s very helpful. I just recently started work at a doggy daycare where dogs interact with each other all the time. I knew the basics of signs of dogs not wanting to play and being stressed out, like the stiff bodies, growling, showing teeth, yawning, and so on.. but there have been times where I got confused as to whether one of the dogs wanted to play with the other or not. Your video has helped it make more sense to me. 🙂

  10. This is great! I just have a couple questions. My first question is, how do you know the two dogs are just playing? My second is how do you know if a dog is okay with another dog wanting to go near them/wanting to be friends?

  11. This was really helpful. I’m volunteering at an animal shelter, so recognizing stress behaviors & calming signals are great – but knowing when to act and what to do is critical. This is the piece I’m working on. Thank you so much!

  12. This video, I’ve found, is also helpful with reading cat-on-cat interactions. Sure, they have different kinds of body language, but the clip with the two pitbulls, for example, helped me to recognize when one of my cats is trying to tell the other cat he’s crossed a line during playtime, and I was able to separate them before anyone got too upset.
    It can be really hard for a lot of people to tell when an animal has crossed a line during play, so thank you so much for including those parts!

  13. Thank you for this! I do have a question about a similar situation as the two dogs at 5:40 I walked two dogs the other day. One was 5 months the other was 11 months, they both knew eachother but I never saw them together until then, but the 5 month dog was doing exactly what the bigger Pitbull was doing. I would draw the attention away briefly but it was in public and the 5 month dog would just continue on harassing the 11 month dog. what should I do in that situation?

  14. Very clear and easy to understand video. As one viewer already mentioned, by adding text/audio to the image, one can easily adopt the concept/idea. Plus the videos are great too! Many thanks for this!

  15. I loved this video, it gives clear examples of dog’s body language and the texts are very helpful to really be observant of the behaviors, thank you for sharing! 😁

  16. I very happy to have been shown all the subtleties of dog body language, everyone knows the big, obvious ones. As someone who has never had a dog, and will soon have to socialize a puppy, this is all very important to know and watch out for, thank you very much!

  17. This video is so helpful! I just got a rescue greyhound and i was trying to do some research to understand how he’s feeling. This is really great thank you so much ☺️

  18. Love both the part 1 and part 2 of these videos. Being able to watch actual video clips of real dogs displaying the body language signals is so valuable. I’m a dog trainer too and I require all my clients to watch them.

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