Understanding your puppy’s body language
Every part of the body from the nose to the tail can help express your puppy’s emotions, moods and wants. By understanding this ‘dog language’ from the start, you can build a strong bond with your puppy and better interpret everything they are telling you!
If your dog’s tail is wagging and the body is lowered at the front, your puppy is eager to play and wants to have some fun.
If the tail is horizontal and the ears and body are leaning forward, your puppy is taking an interest in something close by.
When dogs roll on their backs, this is a sign they are very happy. Similarly, if they have their front legs outstretched and their heads on one side.
Dogs usually show fear by having their tail down or tucked under. Their ears will also be back, their body or head lowered, or their body leaning backwards.
If their tail is wagging or tucked, with ears down, your dog is showing submission. The body might be lowered to the ground or leant backwards, with the head lowered and tongue licking the air.
If this is your first dog, it may take some time to become familiar with the key signs of canine body language. But after spending some quality time with your puppy, you will soon find reading their body language becomes a natural and rewarding part of your relationship.