11/09/13 by George Arden
Ask any dog owner about the nuances of their four legged friend, and they'll be quick to tell you that they can decipher just about anything their dog is saying.
Even if your puppy or full grown doesn't doesn't utter one, single solitary word.
That perceived lack of verbal communication is supplanted by dog owners and their strong belief that they're totally one with their pets' non verbal cues or can determine or diagnosis any issue just by what their dog is doing.
Although that conviction is admirable, there is plenty of misinformation regarding how a dog acts and what they actually might need or want. The last thing you, as an owner, wants to do is act on what you think, rather than what actually is happening.
Everything from the notion that a begging dog deserves a few table scraps to just how happy a dog wagging its tail truly is, there's more than a few myths for man's best friend.
So exactly how do you determine what your dog is trying to say based on their actions?
The wagging tail is perhaps the most assumed action from a dog that often is misread as being approachable or content. That isn't always the case; the wagging tail can translate into a happy dog but also can mean they're ready to pounce in an aggressive fashion. The difference could determine whether you're proudly petting your pooch or assessing the damage from a dog bite.
And speaking of petting, dogs aren't exactly enamored with being pet on their head, at least not all of them. Some breeds pull away from that pat on the noggin the same way you wince in pain when grandma or grandpa pinch your cheeks.
Petting an unwilling dog on the head probably won't require a trip to the vet, but dog owners have a tendency to overreact when they assume their dog is sick. One big mistake is the warm nose theory about dogs. A warm nose isn't a sure fire sign that they're sick. The same can be said for dogs that scour the backyard and begin eating grass. That isn't a sign of stomach trouble and actually is quite normal for any breed.
The best practice is paying attention to the breed of dog you have and learning as much as possible about them before you bring them home. Most books or online sites save would be dog owners time, energy and stress in terms of studying exactly what to expect, rather than be surprised by a particular behavior or action. Education in this regard truly makes the biggest difference between an amicable union between pet and owner.
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