Learning to read your dog's body language can help you nip problems in the bud. Dogs are very expressive but sometimes their signs can be subtle. If you are able to pinpoint these subtle signs, you can take your dog out of the situation that stresses him, give him some space, or you can help him cope with the situation by creating a positive experience.
Subtle signs of stress include:
What is the dog below telling you?
This dog is not comfortable and looks unsure. His mouth is closed, ears are back, and he is keeping his body closed.
It is also good to know when your dog is in a happier, more content state.
Signs of a relaxed dog:
The dog on the right looks like he is smiling!
CPDT-KA and Animal Behavior Consultant