Have you heard this before, “his tail is wagging, he’s happy to see us!”
That statement is not 💯 true.
Not all tail wags are happy wags.
When you or child approach a dog with a low wagging or a high, vibrating tail, this can add more stress to the dog that is already unsure or unhappy.
What happens next may be a snap, growl or a bite.
For children, they are the most at risk. They have a 50% chance of being bitten.
Teaching children the right way of handling and interacting with a dog along with guiding them in being able to interpret body language is a life skill which can save their life.
Becoming a dog detective and observing the dog’s whole body can give insight into how the dog is interpreting a situation and how he feels about what is going on.
Not sure how to get started?
The Kids Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog for sure can be a great place.
You will gain a better understanding of what your dog is expressing and what you and your kids can do to de escalate a misunderstanding while also finding all the ways which keeps your dog happy and relaxed.