A dogs posture, facial expression and tail movements can communicate a number of different messages to other dogs and to humans.
Friendly Dogs --- Relaxed ears in down position, flat tail with plenty of wagging and make eye contact without staring.
Submissive Dogs --- ears down, eyes averted and their tail between their legs. they may roll over on their backs or urinate while lying down.
Dominating Dogs --- Erect ears and tail, staring eyes and tend to put their paws on other dogs backs and may be pushy with their owner.
Truly Aggressive Dogs --- Stare and hold their tails motionless, growl and put their ears forward. (STAY SAFE)
Playful Puppy --- Chest to the ground, rear and tail high in the air.
Get to know these especially when in the company of a strange dog for your own safety.
Would you believe if your dog is upset and you turn your body sideways at him, or lick your lips, or yawn that will calm him down? TRY IT NEXT TIME.