Doggie Body Language Simplified

How well do you know doggie body language?

If you’re a dog owner or dog lover, it can benefit you to know how to speak “doggie” body language. It’s 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.

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 isolated because the human in their life didn’t take the time to pay attention to their body language. No family pet should go from loved to loathed. Not all dogs like to be approached like human friends.

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

I recently learned about Lili Chin, a talented artist through Facebook. While perusing her website (, I found this marvelous poster about how to correctly greet a dog. This talented artist is based out of Los Angeles, California.

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