Why does the dog lie on its back. All about dog behavior on wikipet!
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Sometimes a dog when communicating with the owner falls on his back. Why is the dog lying on its back? What is this pose talking about?
As always, when interpreting the dog’s body language, it is necessary to take into account not only one isolated signal, but also the context of the situation, as well as the pose and facial expression of the dog as a whole. Typically, a dog demonstrates a “supine” pose in 3 situations:
- During sleep or rest. If the dog is sleeping on its back, it means that it feels comfortable and safe.
- The dog falls on his back when he wants attention and affection. In this case, the pet’s posture is generally relaxed, eyes are soft, ears are relaxed, tail is not tightened.
- The dog shows submission and tries to block aggression from the person. In this case, the dog’s body is tense, the mouth is closed, the lips are extended (although some owners think that the dog “smiles”, this is not so), the tail is tightened or timid, the dog looks away, whites of the eyes can be seen. Some dogs also let a stream of urine flow at this moment. This means that you are too hard on the dog, she is frankly afraid of you, and you should reconsider the style of relations with the pet.
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