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Canine Body Language For Dog Aggression and Fearful Dog Training

Phoenix Dog Aggrssion Trainers“Understanding Canine Body Language is critical to helping modify fearful and aggressive behavior,” states, Harvard Animal Behaviorist and Director of Dog Training Phoenix.  Here are bullet points and a crash course in understanding what calming and stress signals are.

Canine Body Language Signs of stress or arousal – taken in context and happen together or in groups. None of these happen in a vacuum.

 

  • Yawning Dog Training Phoenix Canine Body Language
  • Penis crowning – often around food or resources (can be toy, place or person), Stress is an arousal level. Sequence that leads to aggression. No female equivalent.
  • Teeth chattering – sign of arousal, sign of frustration or aggression. Can happen when excited to play.
  • Sweaty paws
  • Lip licking – happens in succession, sign of stress which is different than when hungry or after a meal. Repeated multiple times.
  • Stress vocalization – whining, dry shallow cough or part of high pitched, trill sound, dry pant
  • Tails – mean nothing, except when curled under body which is sign of stress. Must look at breed to know what normal tail looks like in order to tell if a sign
  • Chuffing – usually see in boxers. Cheek puffing or a blowing sound coming from mouth.
  • Dilated pupils – must be taken in contest of lighting in the room. Look for soft eyes with dilated pupils. “Whale eye” eye is dilated, hard can see a sliver of white in eye, usually followed by a bite. Whole body goes stiff and still, then Whale eye then bite.
  • Not eating – first signal that dog is in stress and should be alerted. If try to give a treat they don’t take it.
  • Urination – submissive urination, or marking of territory. They urinate on all things, including people, resources to feel comfortable.
  • Ears pinned back – again subject to breed of dog. “Bunny ears”.
  • Freezes – watch mouth. Body goes stiff, hard eyes, ears can go back/down along head, very still, mouth starts to close very slowly. Bite usually follows. This happens with a bunch of other stress. Lots of energy coming from animal.
  • Pacing – different than being interested in something. They quickly walk back and forth. Lots of energy being expelled by animal. Doesn’t have to be in a pattern, can be all over the place. Other stress signals accompany this like stiff body, vocalization, dilated pupils, pulling on lead.
  • Slow of little movement – looks like a lump. Non stressed dogs move around.
  • Stiff posture – excessive shedding. Example of this happening is when dog goes to vet.
  • Stretching – not normal I’ve just gotten up and need to stretch my bones/muscles, but happens in a sequence with other stress.
  • Trembling
  • Muscle ridge – hard to see but can watch it happen around top of orbital eye bone and at top of mouth.
  • Urogenital check out – during or just after a time of stress, dog will make sure all of the private parts are still there.
  • Excessive salivation – depending on breed or what is happening. Can happen in arousal state like waiting for food so must be taken in context. Part of other stressors.
  • Shallow or fast breathing – looks like holding breath and must be taken in context with environment

Canine Body Language Calming signals/appeasement signals/non-aggressive intent – Offer and acceptance signals Canine Body Language Dog Training Phoenix Teaches To Help Train Out Dog Aggression and Dog Anxiety

  • Look away – an active turn of head. Chin up and turn your head. Can be used for having dog not jump.
  • Paw raises – can be done either standing or sitting. I mean you no harm.
  • Sniffing – an area after a prolonged period in that area
  • Sneezing – really likes what you are doing, like training and they get so excited then sneeze in succession
  • Scratching – must be taken in context
  • Blinking – to calm themselves or others. We can use to show them we mean no harm
  • Shake off – most common calming signal. Can start at backside and goes all the way off. Very animated when it happens.

Canine Body Language Both calming and stress signals

  • Yawning
  • Lip/nose licking
  • Sitting or lying down
  • Pacing in an arc

Canine Body Language Distance increasing signals – back off, social distance, sub threshold that means you must intervene, read these signals before aggression begins.

  • Marking territory
  • Hard eyes – sharp line between pupil and iris
  • Showing teeth – C shape, molars not showing, antagonistic pucker, full frontal lip curl
  • Ears alert and forward – depends on breed
  • Tense body or face
  • Height posture height seeking – very significant, muzzle punch
  • Lowered head and neck
  • Excessive barking – low and fast. Not like the “you’re home” high pitched fast yipping bark or the alarm barking.

If you have a fearful or aggressive dog contact Phoenix Dog Training and Harvard Educated Dog Behaviorist for help Now toll free (602) 769-1411

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