Posted on 26 July 2013.
Karen Hirsch, Contributor
Do you know how to speak dog? It’s pretty easy if you look and listen. Dogs express themselves using their tail, ears, or bark. But, you must listen carefully to the nuances to determine their real meaning.
For example, most people think a wagging tail means a dog is friendly, but look to see if the tail is held high and wagging stiffly. If so, the dog is making a judgment about you and could be getting angry. If the tail is wagging rapidly and low to the ground, the dog is telling you she is friendly, and when a dog stares at you squarely, wagging a stiff tail, that dog is feeling aggressive, so leave it alone.
Some dogs express their personality by the way they carry themselves. The confident dog, walks in a pompous manner with tails and ears erect. The depressed dog sulks and has a droopy walk.
Your dog ‘talks’ to you every day. But, what is he saying? Here are some common dog phrases:
“Hi, I’m glad to see you!”
Your dog lets out a high-pitched, repetitious bark, followed by lots of tail-wagging and grinning (dogs grin by pulling back the corners of their lips and baring their front, not back, teeth). I’ll bet you know this greeting. It is the one your dog uses when you come home from work.
“I want to play with you”
The dog lowers its front paws, chest down to the ground, ears flat and rear end lifted into the air. This is widely known as “play bow,” and is hard to resist.
A dog warns you of possible danger with a series of low-pitched, frenzied barks that should have you up and investigating immediately.
This type of warning bark is usually accompanied by growling, raised hair on the neck and flattened ears.
A scared dog crouches low to the floor, with his head down and ears flat. If he barks at all, it will be like a low-pitched howl.
“I’m very sad”
This look is common among dogs that are kept on chains or not allowed in the house, and it is heart-wrenching. Eyes are down-cast and ears are drooping. The dog may also howl.
This week FENUXE’s pet of the week is a very beautiful and big boy: Mack. Weighing in at over 80 lbs, this three-year-old boy does a lot of tail wagging, grinning and bowing. He is a true gentleman who walks well on a leash, is good with kids and gets along with all dogs. He is eager to please, well-behaved, and has a beautiful white coat. Mack would make a great addition to any home, and is only $85 to adopt. This fee includes him being neutered, micro-chipped and vaccinated. To meet Mack, please contact Kerry at email@example.com or (404) 613-9157.
Managed by LifeLine Animal Project, Fulton County Animal Service’s mission is to provide a humane environment for Fulton County’s homeless pets while placing them into loving, permanent homes, and to end pet overpopulation by promoting spay/neuter, advocating for life-saving public policy, increasing public awareness of homeless pets and educating the community about responsible pet ownership. For more information, please visit www.fultonanimalservices.com.