Real World Examples of Dog Body Language
A Barking Or Growling Dog
Some dogs may bark. Barking can be misinterpreted often in dog interactions, alongside growling or grumbling. When combined with a rigid stature, lunging, hackles, snarling, or salivating, barking tells you this dog is not happy and should be left alone or removed from the situation.
Barking combined with an intermittent play bow, or a jump-in play bow and run off, is an attempt to engage play or interaction. Don’t confuse this with fear or aggression.
Barking or snapping with a flick of the head in the direction of another dog, is a way of saying “I’ve had enough now, leave me alone.” Again, these are not barks of fear, but they are ways dogs communicate their emotions and needs.
Some dogs will also bark to get attention. So, if, as humans you are having a conversation and ignoring Fido, a bark at your knee or hip is likely their way of saying, “Give me some attention now please!” If you give them the attention they demand, you have inadvertently reinforced the fact that barking gets attention.
Some dogs will also growl when they play. It’s the other behavior that comes with it which tells you whether to be worried or not.
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