When you bring your dog to a brewery, it’s important to keep an eye on your pup to make sure they are enjoying the experience. That’s why in this weeks brewery behavior, we are teaching you how to Read Dog, that way you know exactly how your pup is feeling in any situation. It’s important to remember that dogs don’t speak English, therefore they use their body language in order to communicate with you. Reading the signals that your dog gives off is important to determine what they are trying to tell you. From being happy to being stressed its important to know what different signals can mean. Dog’s signals can be complex but they can be generally broken down into a few categories; enjoyment, stress and enough already. If your dog is exhibiting 3 or 4 behaviors from a particular category chances are they are feeling that specific way. Analyzing your dogs behavior is important in order to determine whether or not your dog is enjoying the situation, or whether it’s time to take Fido home from the brewery.
Your dog is having fun and seems comfortable with the situation.
- Soft eyes
- Relaxed mouth
- Side to side movement (wiggle)
- Loose body posture
This mean slow down, your dog is uncomfortable with something, be prepared to remove them from the situation.
- Lip licking
- Ear Flick
- Shaking off
Your dog has had enough, stop the interaction, remove the dog or give them space.
- Whale eyes or half moon eyes
- Ears pulled back
- Pacing trembling
- Teeth Flash
- Tail Tuck
Learning to read your dogs body language is important to understanding what they are trying to tell you. Dog’s speak with their bodies and it’s the owners job to interpret it accordingly. Remember that if your dog is showing 3 or 4 signals from a given stress level chances are that is how they are feeling. Also keep in mind that all dogs will display different signals, so look out for a broader range, one dog might lip lick while they are stress and another might shake off.
Once you begin to understand what different dog body signals mean, you will be able to be able to comprehend what your dog is trying to tell you. It is your job to step in and speak up for your dog by responding in the appropriate way.
I hope this helps make your trip to the brewery a little more enjoyable for both you and your pooch!