Calm and Relaxed? or Stressed and Shut Down?

It is important to know the difference between a dog who is relaxed and one that is afraid or needing space. Use the illustration below to help you identify the signs of a dog that is enjoying a rest and one that is “shut down” or telling us they are afraid of what will happen next.

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©2016 Lili Chin
These body language illustrations were originally inspired by these two blog articles – Shut Down Dogs and Belly-Exposed Dogs.