Puppy Training: Look Directly Into a Dog’s Eyes to Determine If He is Submissive Or Aggressive



Canine make up has become a popular trend among dogs. It is a way to make up the missing glamour or natural color of their skin, which is usually pale or whitish in color. For puppies this is the easiest method, since they already possess sufficient color of their own. In adult dogs, however, the pigment of their skin and the color of their fur often differ greatly from one another. This results in an unnatural occurrence, which can either be attractive or repulsive to look at.

While dogs are generally considered to be of one-piece, it is not always the case, and one should not mistake a dog that is frolicking in the park for a perfectly behaved one. Dogs that are being showered with attention are often showing signs of having feelings of submission or fear. It may also be the case that the dog is feeling submissive because it fears another animal is near.

How do you know if your dog is submissive? The first sign to look for is the tail. Most dogs will flatten their tails when they are frightened. A fear-induced fluffing of the tail is another indicator of a dog that is feeling submissive. If you see your dog’s tail is stiff instead of floating freely, then it is also an indication of fear. However, this is not always the case.

Another indicator of submissive behavior in dogs is the body language they choose to display. Often times, dogs will stand in one position with their legs folded, or will turn their entire body toward you, as though inviting you to sit down. They will also often wag their tails while relaxed, as if enjoying the feeling of being petted.

When you are trying to look directly into a dog’s eyes, you should observe its face. Does its face look directly at you, or does it look away, with an expression of discomfort or unhappiness? If your dog has a sad expression on its face, or its head is raised and lowered, then it may be feeling threatened. If a dog that is naturally aggressive stares at you, or if it blinks rapidly, then it may be feeling relaxed but nevertheless tensed up, as if anxious to defend itself.

If your dog is showing any of the above signs when you look into its eyes, or if you are asking it questions like “What were you thinking, why were you so angry?” then you should be concerned. An angry, or otherwise aroused dog is an aggressive dog, and you should take care not to step in unless your dog is truly aggressive. A submissive, or calm dog may still want to attack if provoked, and an aggressive dog will naturally try to defend itself when it is harmed.

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