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You must learn to observe a dog’s many moving parts as they relate to each other, not in isolation. This includes all of the dog’s expressive areas, overall body posture, and her environmental context. If you’re ever concerned about your dog’s behavior, contact a professional—always better safe than sorry.
Under normal circumstances, a dog’s ears are relaxed or forward. A dog under stress may present their ears as:
Make sure to observe your dog’s eyes when you’re sure they are relaxed. In this condition, the dog’s eyes are soft and take on their normal shape. Use this as a rubric against which to judge their eyes in potentially stressful situations. Signs of stress in a dog’s eyes are:
A happy tail wags quickly at or above the body midline and the dog’s body moves fluidly with it. If the dog’s body carriage is stiff, look for the following tail postures as a sign of stress that could precede aggression.
A happy dog’s mouth appears relaxed, or may even present a “smile”. A stressed-out dog’s mouth carriage may include:
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