Anyone who has been around me knows that I’m a stickler for petiquette. A well-mannered dog has a way of melting hearts of the coldest non-dog lovers out there. (Yes, those people do exist, hard as it is for pet lovers like ourselves to believe.) Proper canine behavior, especially when traveling and being in public places, is of utmost importance; therefore it’s important for you to understand what your dog is really trying to say. This “Decoding Your Dog” infographic below will help you do just that.
Thanks to the folks at Havahart Wireless for creating this easy to read infographic on how to decode your dog’s actions—from high-pitched barking to destroying your furniture. As the folks at Havahart say: Dogs are very expressive animals. However, they don’t express themselves the same way we do, with words – instead, their vehicles for expression include their tails, their tongues, their eyes, and their ears. Even the way they hold their weight can tell you something about how they feel! It’s important not to misinterpret your dog’s body language or barking.
I was among the many people who thought that a dog rolling over and showing his belly meant that he wanted a belly rub. Wrong! It wasn’t until I was trained as a volunteer at the San Francisco SPCA that I learned that adorable-looking action can be more of a combat maneuver than act of submission or plea for some love. As you travel with your pets or think about doing so, you’ll want to be armed with as much education as possible. Therefore, follow this simple guide to understand some of your dog’s most common emotions.
Decoding Your Dog – Infographic created by Havahart Wireless
Now that you’re armed with more information, it’s time to treat your well-behaved pooch to a petcation. For ideas on where to go and what to do, pick up your copy of my award-winning book, The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, published by National Geographic Books and featuring 75 great destinations in the U.S. and Canada to vacation with a dog.