Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What is your Dog Saying?

Shakes toys back and forth in his mouth. This simulates predatory behavior in the wild, shaking the neck of prey to kill it.

Keeps the hair on his back standing on end. Dog’s hairs have little muscles attached, reactivated by fight or flight reactions, to make them look bigger and fiercer. If your dog is very cold, the hair stands up, and traps an insulating layer of air, so the cold cannot get to the skin.

Circles before going to sleep. Dogs in the wild create a safe spot to sleep in. Dogs today are genetically programmed to create a nest.

Whines. Dogs whine if they are cold, hungry, or separated from their pack. Dogsare born pack animals. They want to be with their pack. They can be taught, by brief absences, to cope with being alone.

Licks you. Licking you is an attention ­seeking gesture. It can be a submissive gesture, to demonstrate that they accept you as the leader.

Sniffs other dogs’ behinds. Hormones generated from the anal
glands let another dogs know the sex, mood, and sexual status of another dog.



Sniffs around to find the “right spot” before eliminating. Eliminat­ing is more than urinating for a dog. It is a communication to other dogs, after sniffing to “read” their communications.

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