Different Dog Positions

Dogs communicate a lot through their body language. They take up different poses that show different their different states. You gotta pay attention to them to understand what your dog is up to.

This can help to improve the bonding you have with him on another level. So take some time out and read over these positions.

Playful:

This is the position in which the dog is just before he bursts into a sprint or a jump on to you. He is at the top of his mood and wants to play with you. Be it anything simple playful wrestling as the wolves play among each other or some cuddling.

The position can be described as:

The ears are up, the pupils are dilated, mouth is open and the tongue may be exposed, front legs are slightly bent and the tail is up and may be waving sideways.

Relaxed:

This is when the dog is relaxed and isn’t doing much. He is content and is unthreatened by activities around him.

Such a dog can be approached easily as he is happy and open to interacting with people.

The position can be described as:

Ears are up (Not forward).

Head is high.

Mouth is slightly opened and tongue is exposed.

Loose stance, weight is flat on the feet.

The tail is down and relaxed.

Very aggressive:

This is the position where you don’t want to be anywhere near the dog as the dog is trying to appear as scary as possible to the opponent and is ready to attack with any chance it gets.

Position can be described as:

Tail is stiff and bristled also it is vibrating from side to side.

Both hackles on his  back are raised.

Ears are forward and maybe forming a v shape.

Nose and forehead maybe wrinkled.

Lips are curled and the teeth and gums are visible.

Stiff legged stance where the body is leaning slightly forward.

So, these were the stances that a dog is into. Do try and read your dog in every position to know more of it. Do let us know if you know of any more stances.