Sometimes it is not so easy to understand a dog. Appeasement signals are not immediately recognizable to humans as such. The following tips will help you understand the behavior of your four-legged friend.
If the dog is wagging its tail or yawning and stretching, it may be a sign of appeasement. However, people often do not interpret these signs as peaceful gestures of appeasement, but misunderstand them. You may occasionally think that your dog is disobedient or stubborn, but he's just trying to make you friendly.
Common appeasement signals from the dog
Dogs often communicate about appeasement signals in order to avoid conflicts with conspecifics. But she too tries to appease her dog and sometimes he also wants to calm himself through certain gestures and behaviors. Typical appeasement features are:
- tail wagging
- To mark
- Sniff on the ground
- Sit or seat
- lift paws
- avert or lower your gaze
- To wink
- Turn away the body, put it sideways or go in a bow
- Apparent ignoring
- Lick your own muzzle
- Slowed movements until it solidifies
In dogs, these signals are usually understood quickly, but as a human you may interpret the signs differently. Your dog will usually send appeasement signals when something disturbs or unsettles him. This can be, for example, an exuberant conspecific who runs too fast on your four-legged friends. Maybe your dog does not want to play or meet the other at the moment, or he feels pressured. Then he indicates by means of appeasement signals that everything is just too fast for him.
Misunderstandings between dog and owner?
However, it may also be that your dog is upset or insecure because he is already looking forward to taking you on a walk or because you have corrected him in a stern tone. Maybe he'll yawn or turn away to calm himself or to keep you from being angry. Those who do not know that it is appeasement signals, may think that the dog has no desire to obey.
The same applies if you call your dog loudly on a walk or at home and he does not come immediately or seems to be approaching only hesitantly. This does not mean that your dog is unwilling or rebellious, but that he is - perhaps by the volume or your tone - unsettled.
Interpret dog language: So you become the dog whisperer
Before you scold your dog for believing that he does not intentionally listen or ignore you, look carefully. His behavior could send appeasement signals. Think about what might have made your four-legged friend nervous and reassure him. You can even use appeasement signals and, for example, avert your gaze and turn to the side.
If another dog comes to meet you during the walk, you can literally make a bow around your conspecific with your darling, so that no clashes arise.