Dogs don’t talk human language and we are not all lucky to be like Dr. Do Little who understands animal language. However, like human beings, there are body languages that your pooch uses to communicate with you. Sadly, most of us don’t pay enough attention. So, when next your furry friend suddenly turns unruly or exhibit a bad behavior, it may be a reaction to something you did.
While dogs also feel and express emotions, they don’t keep grudges. They just live in the now. therefore, there is no need adding this to your list of anxieties. They simply react to momentary stimulus. Once the thing or action causing the bitterness is removed, they easily turn back to becoming the familiar faithful companion. As a dog lover, you may be curious already to find out signs that may suggest your dog is mad at you. Here are the common signs.
1. Tucking tail between legs and refusing your touch
You must have noticed that dogs are enthusiastic creatures. One way they show their affection is by wagging their tail. If your waggy dog suddenly has its tail between its hind legs, it is a sign that it is in a bad mood. If you just scolded your dog, lowering your voice to a calm and soothing tone can help to reestablish the bond and trust.
2. Incessant yawns and licking of lips
It is easy to misinterpret yawns and licking of lips as signs of hunger. Well, what if you have just fed your pooch and there is no food nearby to induce this feeling? It is important to pay attention to stimulus that they are struggling to cope with and remove them. Professional dog trainers say dogs are likely to lick their lips when children or strangers hug them. When you notice this, politely ask the person to set the dog free. If you are the culprit in this case, do the needful.
3. Hiding behind the sofa
When pooches cower or hide behind the sofa, most people will associate it to fear. This is not entirely wrong-but it could mean more. It will surprise you to know that cowering is closely-linked to high stress level. Bet you don’t want your furry friend going through all that. You can help by removing your dog from the situation that is causing their stress level to rise. What are friends for?
4. Growling at you
Growling is a sign that anyone should easily understand. Your pooch will bare their teeth and make a face that shows they dislike whatever you are doing. Growling is an aggressive way of telling you to stop whatever you are doing. At such moments, resist the urge to yell at your dog. It will rarely have a positive effect, rather, damage trust or worsen the aggression.
5. Whimpering or groaning
Dogs love attention and always in need of affection. When your dog becomes too lonely, whimpering or groaning are some of their means of telling you this. In extreme cases, you may come home to meet your pillow ripped open and the stuffing scattered all over the house. Before pointing fingers, take a break to think about how your action may have hurt your faithful dog. Maybe they are bored, under stimulated or just missing you.
Here is a secret; a little tender love and care can make your dog forget whatever got him or her angry. Definitely something humans need to learn. Another way to show your remorse is by treating your dog to cool unusual accessories. Remember, because dogs forgive easily doesn’t mean you should always take their big heart for granted.