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1. Look closely at this picture of a lovely Cocker Spaniel. Why do you think she is yawning?

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The correct Answer is "She's stressed"

Dogs often yawn when they are worried or stressed. This is because the body needs to take in more oxygen in preparation for action, such as flight or fight.

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2. Study this image of a Boxer. Do you think she’s feeling…

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The correct Answer is "Anxious"

The wrinkles on her forehead and her slight eye-rolling show that she is anxious, while her ears are held back and are turned so that you can see the insides – which usually demonstrates a desire to placate and be friendly.

3. This Cocker Spaniel puppy is showing…

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The correct Answer is "Anxiety"

Finding herself in a new and unusual situation, this little Cocker Spaniel demonstrates anxiety in her worried facial expression: her eye-brows are pulled together just like ours when we are worried (go on, try it!), her mouth is tense, and her body weight is centred backwards – in readiness to escape.

Stress and anxiety is a topic which I know other trainers and professionals like me get asked about a lot, so I decided to create a free online training video, called 'Signals of Pre-emptive Aggression', which looks at preventing aggression in pet dogs. You can watch that now by clicking the button below.

 

4. The stunning breed of dog in this picture is a Tamaskan. In greeting the person, he is showing

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The correct Answer is "Friendliness"

This young dog is showing appropriate sociability with a stranger. He keeps his body language and tail low, so that he’s not a threat, and holds his ears back and you can see the insides.

His mouth is pulled back, carefully keeping his teeth covered and you can see that his body is soft and wiggly, rather than stiff and tense.

I can clearly read this dog’s friendliness and I feel safe having my face close to his. Lovely!

5. Watch the video of this Jack Russell and then click on the matching emotion which most closely describes what you think the dog is saying.

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The correct Answer is "Anxiety"

This lovely Jack Russell is having a hard time coping in a kennel environment. He shows anxiety in a worried facial expression, with his eyebrows pulled together, his muzzle tense and his ears drawn right back.

He lifts one front paw in an appeasement gesture, and even trembles a little from fear. He remains very still much of the time, and licks his lips, which is a sign of stress in both humans and dogs. He even swallows – another sign of anxiety in both species.

You will be reassured to know that this super boy has found a loving home and is now confident and happy.

6. Here’s a Chihuahua/Jack Russell-cross. What emotion do you think his barking and body language is portraying?

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The correct Answer is "Fear"

Don't be fooled by this dog's barking! He may be trying to assume a confident posture, with his body square-on and his tail up, but the high-pitched tone of his barking and his backwards steps as he reverses away from the 'threat' (a stuffed toy that he's not seen before!) tell another story and show that he's anxious.

Look at his eyebrows – they are pulled together just as our are when we are worried, and he turns his head away to try to deflect the 'threat' rather than meet it head-on. Notice how this little dog keeps his teeth covered with his muzzle by pushing his lips forward, rather than back. This is like hiding his 'weaponry' as he doesn't want to get into a fight.

You will be glad to know that this is one of my dogs and that he's now friends with the stuffed toy!"

Fear and anxiety is a topic which I know other trainers and professionals like me get asked about a lot, so I decided to create a free online training video, called 'Signals of Pre-emptive Aggression', which looks at preventing aggression in pet dogs. You can watch that now by clicking the button below.