Unlike puppies, adult dogs exhibit a more deliberate and purposeful approach when it comes to licking. When dogs lick their lips, it often serves as a mechanism to comfort and pacify whoever is approaching them. It’s a subtle gesture employed to soothe potential tension or unease. In certain situations where dogs perceive a threat or harbor a hint of aggression, licking their lips can be an instinctual response.
Furthermore, licking may also come into play when dogs feel frustrated or perplexed, as it serves as an appeasement signal, expressing a desire for harmonious interaction and diffusing potential conflicts. Understanding the nuanced language of licking in dogs enables us to decipher their emotions and respond appropriately.
Whining and Whining
If you're a parent of a baby or young child, the familiar sound of whining likely resonates with you. Similarly, a whining dog often indicates discomfort or attempts to communicate pain. However, it is crucial to pay close attention to the context. While a whining dog can genuinely be experiencing discomfort or pain, it's important to note that sometimes it can be a simple plea for attention.
Just like children, dogs may resort to whining as a way to seek interaction or express their desire for companionship. Therefore, careful observation and understanding the nuances of their behavior are essential to discern when the whine is genuine and requires attention or when it's simply an appeal for engagement.
Growling (And Soft Growling)
Growling is usually what keeps us, humans, away from a dog. It frightens us and we feel threatened by it. A growling dog is a protective dog, therefor this justifies our behavior (and not only theirs). There is probably a reason for them to feel insecure.
A growling dog will usually become an aggressive dog and can be resulted in an attack. On the other hand, if your dog produces a soft growl, it could indicate, that it's in a playful mood. But if you ever see this dog with this expression on his face, it's probably best to just walk away.
Closing or Opening Mouth Slightly
A dog's mouth is typically open, exuding an air of tranquility and contentment, signaling their happiness and satisfaction. However, it's important to take notice when your dog's mouth appears slightly opened, displaying tension and an overall sense of discomfort. Keenly observe your dog to detect if their mouth is slightly open or even slightly closed.
Because it could be an indication that they are experiencing stress, fear, or pain. This change in their mouth posture may be an expression of their unease and a signal for you to provide them with attention and care. By attentively monitoring their body language and addressing any potential underlying issues, you can help ensure your furry friend's well-being and alleviate their discomfort.
Just like humans, all pets (especially dogs) want to live in a clean environment, so when your dog starts to urinate in your home, something is wrong. There is no reason for a dog to purposely empty its bladder if everything is ok. And we can't expect them to find the toilet and hit the target of their own accord.
That is just not in their nature! Urinating around the house can be a sign of a problem with kidney function and when concerning older dogs, could be a sign of another medical condition that needs to be looked at.