Owning a dog comes many responsibilities and I believe every dog owner should have (sometimes not, depends on the circumstance) to train their dogs and be able to read dog body language. It’s extremely important to learn how to “speak” dog to prevent dog bites and learn more about our canine friends.
I am no expert in dog body language but hopefully this will help someone else and improve their relationships.
It’s important to remember to “listen” to your dog. If he/ she is uncomfortable, remove him/ her before they decide they’ve had enough and snap. It’s our responsibility to advocate for our dogs so if they’re not comfortable then remove them then teach them coping mechanisms to help cope with the problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs every year and 885,000 require medical attention. Please teach children on how to correctly interact with a dog and get knowledgeable with dog body language. So do both your dog and family (and yourself!) a favor by watching for signs of stress and supervise interactions to lessen the chance of dog bites and the dog not euthanized.