Dogs talk to their bodies. It can happen so quickly that we miss out on subtle nuances, and then we wonder why they behave in a certain way. To understand pups better, we must learn to pay more attention to their body language. Dog’s paw lifts are an expression that is often overlooked, of course, except for hunters, such as in the image below of a bird dog. Here, your dog lifts its legs and puts its ears forward to stay alert, stared directly at the prey, exposes its tail and calms itself down to create a message of excitement and excitement. Do not worry.
1. An anxious dog’s leg lift
The lifts of non-hunting dogs may be a sign of anxiety, stress and / or fear. I translate this body language in my Dog Decoder smartphone app using Lili Chin’s illustrations Doggie Drawings. There are 60 different poses and scenarios. Each pose has three parts; Posture, Info and Appearance Star and Posture Details, Diamond:
In the illustration above, a dog is showing fear in a number of ways, including leg lifts. Dogs often lift their legs when anxious, so it is important to see the whole body – including the ears, tail, eyes and legs – when reading your dog. Reading speed is also important. Dogs talk for miles per minute with their body, changing their signals instantly. Don’t get discouraged if you ignore subtle signs at first – the more you pay attention, the better you understand your dog.
In fact, I have a spell that all my clients use whenever they’re with their dogs. During training, just hang out, play pitches, ride in a car … they wonder: “What does my dog need now?” This helps them become more aware of what their dog is saying. Try it yourself!
2. Sometimes, a dog lifts its paw in anticipation
Raising the foot can also be an expression of expectation, as shown above. Against this background, you see that Diamond is very hopeful that the turkey is for him. Ears and eyes are alert, head and sniffers point up and ready, tails off and a foot lifted in combination to signal prediction.
3. Frightened foot clamp
Dogs may also poke at their feet to show fear. Usually, when a dog hovers while lying down, it is a sign of relaxation, but not always as in the picture above. Diamond is hiding under the table, not wanting to make contact. Notice that his left front foot is upturned and that he is indirectly staring at the boy. Diamond has also pulled his body in and out of the boy, becoming small and tight – these are all signs that he is frightened and possibly biting. If the boy does not retreat or his parents do not step in to translate these “stay away” signals, he could be in grave danger.
Bottom Line: Track your dog’s paws
Usually, when a dog lifts or pulls it, that’s one of the first signs of stress, and if it goes unnoticed can lead to, preferably disappointment to you if an onions Undesirable micro-events ensue – worst it can lead to a bite.
Our dogs rely on us to learn their language and by gaining this skill you will find that your dog is not “stubborn” or “bad”. Instead, you will understand that he is worried, excited, or scared. With this new knowledge, you will be better equipped to help your dog.
For more details, please download Dog decoder Smartphone application via iTunes and Google Play. You can also learn more from Sarah Kalnajs’ DVD The language of the dog as well as from the book Decode your dog: Explain common dog behaviors and how to prevent or change unwanted puppies by John Ciribassi, Debra Horwitz and Steve Dale.
Thumbnail: Photography by Dvorakova Veronika | Shutter.
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