Do you feel like you're in touch with your dog's feelings? Can you tell what they want and what they are trying to tell you? Many people are so in-tune with their pets that they can anticipate their wants and needs, which is fabulous! But sometimes this is a little more difficult and it can also vary by breed and by individual dog. So if you recently got a new dog and you're finding that the signals and things that worked with your previous dog aren't working, read on! We have some tips to help you communicate with your pet and vice-versa.


Observing your pet and their normal habits and mannerisms is key. Communication can be very subtle with pets and often times they show a little bit of discomfort or stress before becoming more stressed which can lead to aggression. So spending time with your pet just observing them in different situations can help you to establish a baseline. It is also helpful to read up on the ways that certain breeds react to everyday triggers; this can give you a good idea of what your dog is trying to tell you.


Some common things to look for in your dog include their posture, tail and behavioral patterns. If your dog is confident they are usually standing upright and their tail often reflects that as well. If they bow down, that often indicates that they want to play. Pacing can signify that your dog is excited, stressed or bored. Again, if you spend time and experiment a bit you will come to know what pacing means in your dog. If you give them some different toys and they stop pacing perhaps it signals that they are bored, whereas if that doesn't work perhaps they are stressed. Another signifier of stress is mounting behavior. If your dog is mounting it can be a dominance thing but it can also signal stress. Often, checking their tail will allow you to further diagnose what is going on. If their tail is between their legs it can be a sign of nervousness, whereas wagging obviously means excitement and happiness.


If you are careful to pay attention to these subtle hints you will learn to better communicate with your dog which makes for a happier dog and a happier owner!