Wags, Smiles, Yawns, and More: Interpreting Dog Body Language

Like all animals, dogs have a language all their own. Dogs use some easily recognizable sounds and signals to let other animals and people know how they’re feeling, but much of their communication is through body positioning.

Learning how to interpret the subtleties of dog body language can help you to understand your dog’s needs and wants, protect both of you from potentially dangerous situations, and deepen the bond you share.

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Let’s Get Direct: The Lowdown on Your Dog’s Smelly Paws

Dog owners are a lucky bunch. Every single day is their dog’s best day ever, and all that joy and happiness spreads throughout a person’s life and home. But do you know what also gets spread around in a dog’s wake? Their smell, of course!

While they don’t always smell bad, there is a near-constant doggie odor that comes from them. Dogs generate a light perspiration from the hair follicles, and they produce a scent-marking oil on their skin. Glands in their ears produce a slightly yeasty odor, as well. Certainly, this is all normal, but none of it compares with a dog’s smelly paws.

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