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What the Body Language of 8 Pets Is Telling You

Animals communicate with each other with the help of their bodies just like we do. And there are certain postures and body signals that let animals show us their emotions and intentions — like a dog that suddenly changes the position of its tail, a hamster that stands on its hind paws, or a parrot that pushes one wing to the side.

We studied some of the behavior of the most popular domestic animals. And we hope that this will help you better understand your pet and avoid possible problems and misunderstandings.

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1. A dog

  • Happiness

A curved, wagging tail means that a dog is ready to play and is in a good mood. A dog can tilt its head to the side while trying to listen, waiting for a reward.

  • Aggression

The ears are kept forward and upright. The head in this upright position also can indicate aggression or a desire to show dominance.

  • Anxiety

A straight, horizontal tail shows that a dog noticed something and is trying to understand if it’s a danger or nothing to worry about.

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