How to Read a Dogs Body Signals
1. Pretty Happy Dog: A dogs body that is free of tension indicates a happy pup. A happy and alert dog will carry its tail nicely. The dog will move about freely and hold its head high. The dog may even have its tongue hanging out a bit and its jaws will be relaxed.
2. Play with Me Dog: I love it when a dog dips the front of its body to assume a crouch position. That dog wants to play! A dog that is ready for a good play session will let loose some yips and barks. Sometimes, a dog that wants to play will emit high-pitched growls that roll. Raising one paw, leaning to one side, and having its head almost on the ground are signs that play is a big-time want indeed! A dog that wants to play will sometimes jump backward and look up at its owner with jaws that are relaxed.
3. Submissive Dog: A lower crouch than the play crouch indicates submission in a dog. The dog still wants to play, and it may raise its front feet a bit. The dogs teeth will be hidden. The dog who assumes a submissive stance usually will not emit any sounds. A dog may crouch even lower and lick a bit. A submissive dog will turn on its side often and present its flank.
4. Total Submissive Dog: A dogs ears will be folded down when it is completely submissive. The dogs tail will drop down and the tail will fold around one of the dogs legs. If a dog is extremely nervous, it will tuck its tail right under. The dog will avoid eye contact by keeping its head down. When a dog rolls over, it has demonstrated the final stage of submission. If a dog is not rolling over on its back due to fear, the dog will raise its ears a bit to indicate trust.