When interacting with a dog or even approaching a strange dog in Oregon, there is something about you that could put that dog on edge. To avoid aggression or potentially dangerous situation, you should understand that your body language can affect the way a dog behaves. According to Preventive Vet, your body language could cause fear or unease in a dog.
Since dog and human communication relies heavily on body language, you want to be careful with how you present yourself to a dog. You should start by being careful with your movements. Avoid moving too fast or too much. You need to let the dog get used to your presence. It also helps to remain calm and relaxed as the dog will pick up on stress, which could make it react negatively.
You should never force a dog to come to you. Allow the dog to come to you when it is ready. When approaching the dog, turn slightly to the side. You can also crouch to get on the dog’s level.
It is important that you pay attention to the dog’s body language as well. This will give cues about how it feels. It may pant and wag its tail while playfully coming towards you, which shows it is not aggressive and is happy. On the other hand, showing teeth, arching its back and tucking its tail are all warning signs you need to give the dog some space. Understanding the impact of body language can help you to avoid bad situations with dogs, including bites. This information is for education and is not legal advice.