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If you start today to understand your dog better, the life of your best friend will be not so bad in the future, and believe me, Yours also.

Who wouldn’t want to communicate with a friend who is so close to his heart? but this can be difficult because humans and dogs do not speak the same language.

16 Useful clues to understand your dog better

The best care you can give to your pet is by understanding his language and also his needs. You will be able, to accomplish it after reading this blog post.

Knowing your dog’s behavior is challenging in itself. There are three methods of knowing and understanding your dog’s behavior:

 

Method 1: Understand your dog by noticing his physical behavior 

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  • 1 – Watch him move:

As with humans, you can tell a lot about your dog’s mood by his body language. If he comes to you in a straight line, he is aggressive. If he takes a zig-zagging path, he is friendly.

Try to read your dog’s movements. Also, he stands or moves speaks a lot. He is near his food bowl means he is hungry. 

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  • 2 – Listen to the bark:

A dogs’ bark is he communicates. He uses it to convey what he feels like. He uses it to Convery messages. If your dog is barking at prolonged intervals, it means he is lonely. Are his barks somewhat frantic? He thinks there is a problem and alerting everyone about it. 

  • 3 – Understand your dog destructive behavior:

It is very hurting to see your favorite chair destroyed when coming back to the house after a hectic day. Maybe it was your favorite couch or your favorite pair of shoes. Our natural response to this scenario is anger.

But instead, try to find out why he has chosen these actions. When your dog destroys your possessions, he has two messages. Either he is telling you that he needs more items that are his or he needs more attention.

  • 4 – Understand your dog better by looking into his eyes

A dog’s eyes express a lot of his emotions and attention.

If your dog does not hold to your gaze while you are gazing at him, it is possible an aggressive outburst is coming.

You would likely to feel if he is guarding a favorite spot or defending a toy.

The shape of your dog’s eyes can reveal important messages. If the shape and size are normal, your dog is relaxed. His eyes may appear bigger if he is feeling tense. This will help you in understanding your dog better.

  • 5 – Try always to understand the way your dog wags his tail

The tail of your dog is an important indicator of how is he feeling. Dogs normally wag to commonly indicates they are happy.

If he holds his dog tail high, it is likely that he is excited. If he is worried, he will position his tail low. 

  • 6 – Observe the ears to understand your dog:

The position of your dog’s ear can indicate shifts in mood. If his ears are perked up, then he is alert. Earns flattened to his head means he is frightened.

 

Method 2: Connecting emotionally with your dog

  • 1 – Acknowledge his needs:

Your dogs have psychological needs and emotional needs as well. Your dog wants you to understand that he will protect you. If he likes to sit on your foot, this is an example of taking ownership.

  • 2 – Feel the feelings of your dog:

Dogs experience a wide range of emotions. They experience fear, jealousy, shame or grief. Luckily, the most common ones for dogs is a joy. 

  • 3 – Monitor your emotions:

When you are trying to communicate and understand your dog, think about yourself, is anything wrong with your mood: A dog’s mood can often reflect yours.

He can read your actions and respond to them. Pay attention to next time you smile at your dog. 

  • 4 – Work together:

They like to have something to do. This is important for breeds like rottweilers or Labradors. So, work out together with your dog and find him a job. 

  • 5 – Communicate effectively:

Avoid giving your dog mixed signals. Be consistent when you reward him for good behavior. Dogs understand actions better than words.

  • 6 – Stick to a schedule:

A good way to make him feel safe and secure is to be reliable in your actions. Make a routine and stick to it.

 

Method 3: Understand your dog better by meeting his needs

 

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  • 1 – Provide the basics:

Being a good pet owner, you must provide your dog with good food, water, and shelter.

  • 2 – Ensure his safety:

It means making sure that if he gets lost from you, you can find him. 

  • 3 – Appreciate him:

Appreciate him when he does something good or follows your command. This strengthens the bond.

  • 4 – Spend time together :

Just like friends, involve your dog in your daily life. This way you will be able to understand your dog better.

  • 5 – Ask for advice to understand your dog better:

A piece of advice from someone professional can be very helpful. Your dog trainer can help you both understand each other better.

  • 6 – Talk to him:

Talk to him, it is all about you and him in this bond, take note of his body language and actions to figure out whether he is getting what you are saying.

 

 Conclusion.

 

A dog is a man’s best friend. It is only possible if you try to understand your dog.

What he feels like about things around. These methods are very helpful and practical when it’s about understanding your dog. And by implementing the above-mentioned methods, you can understand your friend in a better way.

Are you ready to understand your dog in a better constructive way?