01 November 2019

How To Tell If Your Dog's Happy (It Has Nothing To Do With His Tail) | The Dodo

Find out some dog body language cues that we humans tend to misunderstand, so you can tell if your dog is really happy. Introducing Dodo swag!

when your dog wags their tail it could

mean one thing or it could mean something else in fact there are lots of dog body language cues that humans tend to misunderstand we know the easy ones but for the tough ones we asked a dog behavior expert to tell us what we're getting wrong hey I'm Anthony Newman I tried to teach people how to speak dog one of the most common cues that we tend to misunderstand are things that we take to understand is being happy the wagging of a tail there can be a certain wagging of a tail that is not friendly at all each individual behavior needs to be looked at in the big context of what is the rest of the dog's body doing it turns out the secret to understanding dog language is all about the ears you want to look either up and kind of excited or are they kind of laid-back or are they pinned back which is fear so many dogs you just look at the ears that's all you need to know their emotional state sometimes your dog may seem sleepy when they're actually stressed dawning let's call the stress yawn very very common but a little stress can be a good thing just because your dog

exhibits some stress signals that doesn't necessarily mean you're doing something bad there is something called eustress a therapeutically beneficial version of stress sometimes they can you know yawn or shake it off because it's difficult being out here and you're telling me to come and sit and lie down and I want to go chase that ball it means they're learning it can be sort of stressful but it's therapeutically advantageous another behavior is the lie down there are definitely dog body language behaviors that mean I need my own space and these should really always be respected there's a big difference between sort of a talking of the tail and ignoring a looking away and a full belly showing lie down showing the belly is a trusting state to be it or whole demeanor change their ears will go back and their eyes will go soft and plus it opens up to a nice little belly rub reading our emotions is easy for dogs dogs are the only other animal other than certain kinds of Apes to exhibit what's called left gaze bias when they look at you they gaze to their

left which is to your right side the right side of our face tends to show our emotions more immediately quickly and clearly you tend unconsciously go check it out next time you're at a cocktail party and you're trying to get a gauge on what someone is thinking or feeling you tend to have left gaze bias dogs exhibit this gaze bias the same way humans do we may not speak the same language but our bond with dogs is amazing dogs are so great at communicating to humans and reading humans visual and physical body language if you think you have a sense of what your dog is thinking or feeling you're probably right their eyebrows show their emotions they do a head tilt be able to express certain feelings thought they are very unique species [Music] a Dodos this is mark thanks for checking out the video make sure to LIKE comment and subscribe