How do our pets communicate with us?
Dogs and cats communicate with us using a range of:
- facial characteristics
- body positions
- vocal sounds.
It is important that these are looked at as a group rather than alone, as they can be confusing.
For example, a wagging tail is usually associated with a happy dog, but the position of the tail and the way the tail is wagging can indicate fear or aggression. It is also important to understand that these are generalisations, which may not be shown by all dogs and cats in similar situations.