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Perception Of Canine Body Language

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By Nan Talleno

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Dogs give definitive signals whenever they are stressed, tense, anxious, fearful, panicked, defensive or feel threatened. It’s up to us to look for those signs.

These include any number of symptoms including ears forced back and tail lowered, tail tucked under, excessive pacing, shaking, whining, whimpering, howling, drooling, fast paced or high pitched barking in succession, excessive yawning or licking lips, turning in circles or excessively sniffing the ground unnecessarily. High end and intense stress can include chewing and gnawing on furniture, excessive scratching and even chewing or scratching on him/herself.

Stress can happen for a number of reasons. It’s important first to identify the body language, and then address what may be the reason such as separation anxiety, loneliness, lack of exercise, etc. Provide their basic physical needs, but don’t neglect the psychological ones.

Learn to become a good leader. You may need to consult a certified trainer or behaviorist. Dogs need structure, exercise and routine to stay healthy and well-balanced.