The 07 Key to Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

Don’t you wish that your dog could talk to you? We do, too. Instead, we need to learn his language to communicate our best with him. Your dog does communicate with you in a wealth of beautiful ways. Learning to read his barks and his body language can help you understand him. When you know him, you know what he needs. You can respond to his needs when you know his unique speak and can become a much better provider and guardian for your mutual benefit.

You and your Basset Hound can grow an almost telepathic bond. It’s uncanny. and You can also begin to pinpoint what is bothering him and why he might be acting a certain way. It can be helpful to know this so that you can mitigate whatever is bothering him to prevent problem behaviours. For example, if your dog is barking and acting aggressive because he is frightened, you can help him feel more at ease to end the aggression.

     1. Posture

Your dog’s posture says a lot about how he is feeling. If he is feeling submissive and giving himself up to you, he will roll over on his back, leaving his vulnerable tummy and genitals exposed. He may also pee himself a little bit like the last show of submission. Reward your dog when he does this to show him that it is good that he respects your dominance. Oh, and clean up that pee-pee, please.

Another sign of submission is if he bows his head down and pins his ears back. He may even tuck his head in, which is an instinctual motion to protect his head and throat from attack. Be sure to take note if your dog has a fearful posture. A fearful dog posture involves cowering.

He may twitch his ears back and forth as he stares ahead at whatever is striking fear in him. He may lay down, his paws straight forward and his back legs curled under him, ready to run if he needs. His eyes will be wide open, showing the whites. The hair along his back will stand up on end. Also, he may tuck his tail between his legs. Chances are, he will whine and even look to you for assistance.

If he avoids your eyes, that means that he is really scared. A playful dog will do a little jump in front of you and land with his front legs splayed out in front of him. He wags his tail vigorously and rolls his head around. You can’t deny the excitement and joy in his face. He will do this with you or other dogs when he is in the mood to get a game going. Jumping up and down a bit in front of him will excite him more and probably make him take off running for the ball.

     2. Tail

Usually, a wagging tail means that your Basset Hound is feeling happy. He will wag his tail when he sees you or one of his friends at the dog park. He will wag when he eats something he likes. But watch out. Tail wagging can also indicate aggression.

As noted, short, quick wags accompanied by an aggressive posture means your dog is upset.
He may also give tense wags while he is on the trail of a scent or busy working. When your dog solves complex mental puzzles, such as finding hidden toys or navigating obstacle courses, he may wag his tail as he concentrates.
Keeps him in the zone, if you will. On the other paws, when he tucks his tail between his legs, he is feeling fearful and possibly submissive

     3. Face

Your dog’s facial expressions say a lot about what he is feeling, too. You may notice that your dog smiles a bit when he pulls his lips back, exposing his teeth. This joyous expression is just like when we smile. It means that he is feeling peaceful and happy, or excited. Or perhaps he just farted, and you are about to get schooled by it. If he raises his upper lip and bares his fangs, accompanied by a low growl, then he is snarling at you.

He means you harm. You better watch out. Use swift discipline if your dog ever snarls at you. He does not get to snarl at you, even if he thinks that you are about to take his food. As the master, you get to do what you want, and he can’t do anything about it. Some dogs always look sad. This does not necessarily mean that they are sad. They are probably just at peace and relaxed. A dog who pouts will whine and look at you with the most heartbreaking eyes. You should not give in and spoil him just because he looks at you like this.

     4. Barking
The 07 Key to Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

Dogs bark for countless reasons. Your pup will bark as a greeting or get your attention. He will bark at strangers and animals. He will also cry when he is bored, which can be controlled with a quality barking collar or clicker training. Short barks, while he is jumping around, indicate that he is excited. He is barking in general means that he is excited, offering a warning, or bored and looking for attention.

     5. Growling

Growling is an official sign of aggression. Your dog never gets to growl at you. But he does get to growl at threatening strangers or other dogs to protect his family, Domain, and food.

– Whining: Dogs whine to express what they want if they are not in pain but instead asking for your help. If he is whining at the door, he wants to go outside. If he is whining while you eat, he wants some food. If he is standing there whining, he wants to be included, to be petted or a toy to play with.

Often you will be able to tell what he wants because he will whine while standing near or switching gaze by looking at something, then at you then swiftly back at the thing of interest. Whining is his way of getting you to pay attention to him and address his needs. Some are warranted, some are not. You decide which is which then train accordingly.

     6. Whimpering

Whimpering always conveys fear. A dog will whimper when he feels threatened or scared. He may also whimper to get your attention when he wants something, or when he is in pain and wants your help.

     7. Howling
The 07 Key to Reading Your Dog’s Body Language

If your dog howls, it may be because he hears other dogs howling, or a high-pitched noise like a siren or singing that reminds him of howling. He may also be feeling lonely and is raising his voice to hear if any other dogs are nearby.

He may howl because he is feeling excited about a hunt or a scent, or warning his owners about someone or something approaching. Baying is another word for howling. It is a distinctive, deep-chested sound. Bloodhounds, for instance, will bay naturally when they catch onto a delightful scent.