Since our dogs cannot communicate the way we humans do with words, they let us know how they are feeling through body language and their own style of vocalizations.
So, when they’re feeling afraid or uncomfortable, it’s up to each and every one of us to learn and understand the cues your dog gives, behavior during situations they see as fearful or threatening may be more easily understood and dealt with.
Some of the signs of fear and anxiety are quite obvious – others are much more subtle.
We very often hear “the dog just snapped out of nowhere!” But, that’s rarely the case. Dogs have a wide variety of “tells,” subtle body language that, if you’re familiar with it, will alert you to a dog’s comfort level.
Check out the simple and easy to remember infographic on the next page that shows illustrates the Body Language of Fear of Dogs: