This is a brief visual guide, created by the Zoom Room, to better understand the body language of dogs. Facial expressions and posture are examined both with isolated dogs as well as dogs at play or in other social interactions. It’s important for all dog owners to recognize when their dog is happy and relaxed versus nervous, worried or downright dangerous. The guide will also help you read other dogs that you and your dog might encounter, in order to best assess the situation.
If you’re bringing your dog or puppy to socialize with other dogs at a dog park or any other locale, this video will help you better understand and communicate with your dog or puppy, so that you can take the appropriate action, if necessary.