Canine body language isn't necessarily easy to read. But understanding nonverbal communication in canine patients is critical because they don't speak our language. By closely observing a dog's facial expression and body language, you can quickly learn to identify when it's anxious and take measures to reduce its stress and avoid escalation.
Answer the two questions below to test your knowledge of dogs' physical anxiety cues.
Which dog is showing signs of anxiety? Click on the photo you think is correct.
Which dog is yawning because it is anxious? Click on the photo you think is correct.
Photos A, C, and D courtesy of Heather Mohan-Gibbons; Photo B courtesy of Dr. Valarie Tynes.