Wish you knew what your pet was thinking? Need a guide book to figure out your petâ€™s mood (or maybe your pet just needs a mood collar)? Itâ€™s the ongoing quest of humans trying to understand what our four-legged friends are saying or want with their expressions and body language.
Want to know what their ears, eyes and tails are saying? Recently, a study was done that showed that when a dogâ€™s tail wagged to the right, the dog feels more positive and comfortable with the person or situation. Also, a slow, stiff tail wag is more of a warning of potential aggression than a welcome sign.
Dogs and cats prick their ears up or forward to show interest and lay them back when they are fearful.
More on deciphering your pet’s expressions after the jump.
When dogs are focused, their mouths are closed and they look intently at the object or person. If there is blinking, this is a sign of friendly contact in contrast to simply staring. When you see plenty of tongue hanging out of your dogâ€™s open mouth, your dog is happy and friendly and is loving life.
How about when you stroke your cat and you suddenly get clawed by Fluffy?
If you had been paying closer attention, you might have noticed a fixed stare, flattened ears, flailing tail, fur standing on end or skin rippling beneath your hand.
Those are all signs that the cat is probably being overstimulated, says Marilyn Krieger, a certified cat behavior consultant from Redwood City, Calif. She says too many people donâ€™t recognize signals that a cat is about to bite or scratch.
Regardless of scientific experiments and research, all pet owners have their own special language with their pets and know exactly when they want a belly rub.