Are You Listening To The Dog Signals You're Being Sent?
Is your dog attempting to communicate with you?
Do they seem to be ill, anxious, bored, furious, or otherwise feeling any of these things?
Dog signals aren't often taken seriously, which may be quite upsetting for your pet.
"Hey there! Here, I'm saying..."
Even worse, failing to comprehend your dog's mode of communicating may end up losing them their lives.
When our dogs misbehave, we often feel they are "behaving poorly out of retaliation" or are just "growing old and grouchy."
Your dog won't ever intentionally annoy or let you down, in fact.
To find out what is happening in their mind or body when their conduct changes, you must speak with them immediately. What do they know that you still don't?
Here are three canine cues that should prompt you to pay attention to your pet.
Your dog will often provide one of three indications if they need more care and attention.
Don't touch me, please!
When you attempt to pet your dog, does their head bob up and down? Numerous things might be wrong in this situation, such as social concerns like dominance or submission or health issues like a toothache, headache, or earache.
Anything moving towards their head will make them quite uncomfortable if their eyesight is hindered.
Pay heed to such physiological clues. There is definitely a reason if they start to avoid you when you attempt to pet or brush their legs or back.
Since your dog is not in the least bit aloof or vindictive, their avoidance of your contact is an indication that something is wrong with their body, mind, or surroundings and is causing them anxiety.
And they need your assistance to resolve it.
I can't consume that!
Has your dog recently developed a finicky eating habit?
A dog will eat just about everything you put in front of them if they're in excellent physical and mental health, so it's nice to cater to their tastes.
If they reject the food dish, how can they trust you to provide for their nutritional needs if they steal that wonderful piece of cat feces on the walk?
Verify the food's freshness first, then ask whether it's acceptable. Then it is one of the most obvious canine cues that anything is wrong.
However, it need not just be a stomach discomfort. Perhaps it's a jaw ache or worry over a situation in their human's life. Ulcers, liver, or renal issues are possible causes. They could be feeling poisoned or briefly queasy from something else they ate, or they might really be ill.
Dogs are very perceptive animals. Do you worry about preparing to relocate, changing jobs, or maybe terminating a relationship?
Your dog is aware of all these things.
Naturally, if your dog abruptly stops eating, you should seek medical attention, but taking the time to talk to your dog may help you understand any stress or suffering they may be experiencing on your behalf or in their own body.
How could you possibly know what their genuine experience and feelings are without speaking to them?
Once you are aware of it, you can deal with it effectively by working together.
3. I'm terrified!
On this one, you'll have to overcome your first inclination.
Your instincts urge you to comfort and coddle your dog because they seem scared. You try to console them.
You still don't know what triggered your furry child's worried behavior, but it has now been rewarded.
Finding the cause of the dog's perceived danger should come before trying to calm them down if they are showing signs of stress or anxiety, according to the ASPCA.
When they are in a shaky, anxious mentality, rewarding them with attention and love helps them believe they are doing morally.
Yes, there are good intentions behind this, but it merely fuels their anxiety.
Remember that there are 6000 recognized incidents of dog cruelty each year, and it's difficult to determine how many genuine cases exist since the majority of abuse doesn't get reported.
From a neighbor yelling at your dog to puppy mills and dogfighting groups, maltreatment may vary widely in severity.
You may try to divert them from their worry and boost their confidence after you've determined that there isn't an imminent danger to their physical safety - or you've taken care of it so the threat is gone.
Whatever the circumstance, it is your responsibility to maintain open lines of communication with your dog and assure them of their safety while you handle the matter as the Leader of the Pack would do.
Dog signals may be quite overt, such as growling and barking all of a sudden, or very covert, such as backing away from your hand when you attempt to stroke them on the head.
The body tensing up or having trouble fully relaxing are signs that "something is awry" to a dog.
Remember that your dog reads you just as acutely as a close friend could, sensing your emotions and physical health. You may learn from them.
Your dog feels nervous right along with you if you're worried about a change in your life, a health issue, or your financial situation.
As a result, if your dog begins to display any undesirable or unusual behaviors, take them for what they are: an indication that something isn't right in either your world or theirs.
Would you be interested in finding out more about the soul connection you have with your pet? Or maybe you'd want to see whether you and your dog might have a deep chat.
By getting in touch with us, we can start the path to excellent health and wellbeing for both you and your pet.
If you've mastered animal communication, every encounter with them ought to teach and educate you.
It's okay if you can't yet connect with your animals in the same way that I teach at The Heart School of Animal Communication. Either read our free eBook, Hidden Secrets of Communicating With Pets, to understand how to get started, or speak with a qualified pet communicator.
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