Her ears show she is unimpressed
When a dog’s ears are hanging back, along with a lowered head, closed mouth, and tight lips, it can mean she’s mad at you, says dog trainer and behavioural consultant, April Olshavsky. “Body language is the only way dogs can communicate with us,” she explains. “By studying your dog’s body language, you can learn a lot about her emotions.” The remedy? Some serious belly rubs and ear scratches. “Chances are, your dog will forget whatever it is you did to upset her with just a few minutes of TLC,” she says.
He’s got a case of the yawns
Contrary to what you might think, big yawns don’t mean your dog is bored with your corny jokes – it’s actually a sign that he is getting stressed, upset and agitated, says animal trainer Sara Taylor. It’s important to pay attention to this signal and immediately remove your dog from the situation he is not coping well with, she says.
She keeps licking her lips and there’s no food nearby
Dogs may show that they’re mad or in distress by licking their nose and lips repeatedly, Taylor says. This is especially true if there’s no droolworthy food nearby to get their saliva flowing from hunger. One situation she sees this happen a lot is when dogs are being hugged by children or strangers. The solution is simple. “Stop any restraining or hugging,” she says.