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How to Read Your Dog’s Body Language at a Petsmart Pet Hotel 0 Comments

In a cage-free dog daycare, reading canine body language is imperative. If you are looking at a petsmart pet hotel, a dog daycare, dog camp or any other local Torrance dog daycare and boarding facility, make sure all of the staff is trained to read body language and prevent dogs from becoming uncomfortable so they feel the need to lash out at another dog.

In general, things to watch closely are the head, body, & tail. Furthermore, the direction of the head and body, facial actions, hair raising on the body, & what the tail is doing can all be taken together to show us how the dogs are feeling.

When a dog is stressed or hoping to calm someone else down they will display a number of different signals. A yawn for example, doesn’t always mean the dog is tired, in fact it is most likely a signal that the dog is stressed or uncomfortable. When you drop your dog off at a place like the PetSmart pet hotel, the yawning may not be because of sleepiness, it is more likely to be stress or excitement. Licking of the lips is also a typical signal that a dog sends when uncomfortable.

A dog’s eyes can also do the same, if they are half shut or if you can see the whites of the eyes. These are all calming signals dogs use to communicate with each other & ease an otherwise tense situation.

The direction in which dog faces his or her head and body will give off indications as to what the dog is feeling. A dog will typically avoid direct eye contact by turning their body and/or head. This is polite behavior in dog language. In dog daycare, polite play usually involves a dog approaching with a lateral movement, not head on.

Most dogs have hair or fur that can raise along the spine. This is known as piloerection or in common terms – the dog is raising its hackles. A dog will do this for multiple reasons: fear, aggression, interest, being insecure, startled, curiosity, or excitement. So pay particular attention to your dog when any of those actions occur and try to figure out why the hackles are being raised.  Keep in mind there are dogs with naturally raised hackles, like a Rhodesian Ridgeback.

Additionally, the tail of a dog is a big clue to what the dog is feeling. A wagging tail doesn’t always mean your dog is happy.  Dogs wag their tail out of nervousness & uneasiness as well.  If the tail is straight up in the air, the dog is most likely feeling confident. If the tail is hanging loosely the dog is probably feeling relaxed, calm, or content.  When the tail is between the legs the dog could be frightened or feeling insecure about something.  So next time you’re watching your pooch through the glass at Petsmart pet hotel dog daycare area you can read these different signals a understand the complete picture of how the dogs are acting and how they are feeling.

Dogs bark, growl, and wag their tails a lot but those are only a small portion of how they communicate. There tends to be miscommunications between people and dogs because people are verbal, and dogs are more signal orientated.  If you’re in the Torrance area and you’re looking for a camp, Petsmart pet hotel, or dog daycare for your dog make sure the people that are in charge of your special dog are knowledgeable of the dog’s language.  If you are looking for a daycare, boarding or pet hotel in the Torrance or South Bay area, make sure the staff is trained in understanding canine communication as this goes a long way in preventing tiffs and making sure your dog is having a good time.

 

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