It's important to remember that our dogosaurs can be sensitive souls, and for us to understand what their body language means. Whether you're wondering what your doggo is trying to say, or looking at an unfamiliar dog's body language in the park - have a look at these images to understand what it all means. If you see an unfamiliar dog that is showing signs of fear or aggression, best keep walking and not allow your dog to approach it (or at least check with the owner first!)
1. Relaxed - Approachable
This dogosaur is relaxed and content. Such a dog is unconcerned and unthreatened by anything going on in his immediate environment and is usually approachable.
Alert - Checking things out
If your dogosaur has seen or smelt something of interest, or something unknown, these signals mean that he is now alert and paying attention while he is assessing the situation to determine if there is any threat or if any action should be taken.
Dominant Aggressive - Do not approach
This is a very dominant and confident dog. Here he is not only expressing his social dominance, but is also threatening that he will act aggressively if he is challenged.
Fearful Aggressive - Do not approach
This dog is frightened but is not submissive and may attack if pushed. A dog will generally give these signals when he is directly facing the individual who is threatening him.
This dog is under either social or environmental stress. These signals, however, are a general tell of his state of mind and are not being specifically addressed to any other individual, though you shouldn't approach him as you may increase his stress levels.
Fearful/ Worried - Do not approach without owners permission
This dog is scared and is offering signs of submission. These signals are designed to pacify the individual who is of higher social status or whom the dog sees as potentially threatening, in order to avoid any further challenges and prevent conflict.
Very Fearful -Do not approach without owners permission
This dog is showing total surrender and submission. He is trying to say that he accepts his lower status by groveling before a higher ranking or threatening individual in the hopes of avoiding a physical confrontation.
This dogosaur is giving an invitation to play. It may be accompanied by excited barking or playful attacks and retreats. This guy is fine to approach!