When you are bringing a new puppy at your home, you should know about puppy psychology for providing a better environment to him and natural habitat. Puppies at their initial stage learn various activities such as how to walk and play; they’re also learning how to talk. Puppies and dogs communicate their thoughts and feelings through their body language and expressions. Observing and understanding your puppy behavior will make it easier for you to communicate with them.
How To Read Your Puppy’s Body Language
Generally we laugh on our puppy’s facial expressions and gestures, but actually, it is far beyond. Your puppy is trying to tell you something with his expressions. Puppies use their entire bodies from eyes to tails to communicate.
Eyes: If your puppy is happy or feeling pleasure, during an enjoyable activity, he will express you with his squinting and droopy eyes. The wide-open eyes indicate alertness. Avoiding eye contact shows your puppy is in stress. Staring at you continuously shows that your puppy is asserting dominance. The pupils’ behavior of your dog is equally important and indicates when they are going to attack.
Ears: The size and shape of the ears of your puppy will make to understand their behaviour. In case of alert or any danger, the ears of pup get erect and face forward. If your puppy is fearful or stress, the ears will rest back on the head.
Mouth: If your puppy is happy and relaxed, he will open his mouth partially with a lolling tongue. Licking the tongues indicates appeasement. A puppy asserting dominance will grab another dog’s mouth or ear. The most challenging gesture to read is puppy exposing their teeth. Lips pulled upward will indicate dominance and aggression, whereas lips pulled apart shows submission.
Posture: The puppies walk, posture, and their voice says a lot. The erect and tall walk shows confidence and assertiveness. Moreover, bumping, pushing and leaning over you and other dogs show dominance. Puppies flatten ears, and lower heads show insecurity in them. Rolling over and exposing their tummy indicates their comfort level with you.
Other Body Parts
Fur: Puppies fur will also reveal something about his behaviour. It can help you to know the state of mind. In a state of fear or aggression, a dog will raise its fur along their spine.
Tail: Tail movement will also depict different moods of your puppy. But it alone cannot specify anything you have to visualize other behavior also. A wagging tail shows happiness and friendliness nature of your pup. If your ‘puppy’s entire body is shaking, this shows they are excited and happy to see you. However, a slower wriggle shows uncertainty and hesitation.
Knowing and recalling the meaning of specific puppy behavior and body language helps dog owners to understand more about them. These skills will help you to increase the emotional and personal bond with your puppy. It will also add more trust and flexibility between the two of you. Puppy psychology knowledge will help you to keep your pet happier.