Doggie body language, simplified

How well do you know doggie body language? If you’re a dog owner or dog lover, it will benefit you to know how to speak “dog”.

And more than just “bow wow” or “woof”.

Many times big issues (such as bites) come from a place of not understanding our dogs. This is especially important for kids to realize. Not all dogs like to be approached like they’re our human friends. And how can we really fault the dog if the body language of the person they growled at or bit is threatening. How would we feel if someone came up fast and close and started touching us? We’d probably be pretty reactive.

And with good reason.

Too many times, good dogs end up at the shelter or being isolated because the human in their life didn’t take the time to pay attention to their body language and tells. And no family pet should go from loved to loathed.

As a pet photographer, I know that our dogs can tell us a lot without making any vocalizations. I took training classes with my own dog Laura. And any dog owner looking for a deeper relationship with their dog will want to learn how to effectively communicate.

I recently learned about Lili Chin, a very talented artist through Facebook and while perusing her website (, found this marvelous poster about how to correctly greet a dog. She’s a very talented artist based out of Los Angeles, California.