Image Quiz: Canine Body Language

Monique Feyrecilde, BA, LVT, VTS (Behavior), Teaching Animals, Mercer Island Veterinary Clinic

ArticleLast Updated September 20171 min readPeer ReviewedWeb-Exclusive
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Reading canine body language accurately is important for patient health and comfort, veterinary team safety, and proper client education and consultation.1-3 Because dogs cannot talk, veterinary professionals must rely on interpretations of the animals’ body language cues for communication.1,2,4 Clues such as proximity preference, food acceptance, postures, and expressions improve understanding of patient emotions. The more relaxed a patient is, the more likely an interaction will be safe and successful.1,3 Increased levels of anxiety, fear, and stress are associated with increased handling challenges and decreased team safety.2 Use these photos and images to review a variety of expressions, postures, and positions associated with different canine emotional states.