Read Your Dogs Postures

Learning to read your dog's postures may be easier than controlling your own. When trying to understand what your dog is experiencing, look to her ears, tail, mouth, body posture, and eyes.


• Rigid forward pitch = assertive, assertive and dominant posture

• Moving back to front = aware of surrounding sounds

• Angled back = submission, invitation to play

• Hanging loosely = relaxed TAIL

• Arched high above the back = high alert, dominance

• Tucked under belly = fear, submission

• Just above rear end = alert but open and friendly

• Low carriage = cautious, submissive

• Fast wag above back = stimulated, dominant, preparing for a challenge

• Low wag between legs = Extreme fear, submission

• Sweeping wag just above rear end = open and friendly, curious and accepting

Dog Postures
The dog's ears show her assertive and dominant posture, while her tail position illustrates her dominance and indicates that she's on high alert.

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• Lips pulled back = submission or fear

• Open face pant = welcoming, laughter, play

• Direct stare = challenge, dominance

• Averted glance = submission or cold shoulder

• Downward glance = submission


• Play bow = submissive and playful

• Weight shifted forward = dominant

• Weight shifted back = submissive

• Lifted hair on neck (called hackles) = aggressive or threatened

• A still, curled posture = passive submission

• Low, quickly wagging tail, lowered body = active submission

• Mounting = dominance

• Lifted paw = submission or an invitation to play

Submissive Aggressive Dog
The dog's jaw is set in a snarl, and her eyes are issuing a stare, indicating she's ready to challenge. Also note how her weight is shifted forward, showing a dominant posture.

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