We should treat our golden retrievers like family- because having a dog is not only about feeding him twice a day and taking him for walks.
Golden Retrievers have emotions, just like people. Therefore, you should try to understand how your dog feels in order to really make him happy and meet his emotional needs.
Unfortunately- our dogs can’t simply tell us what they need, so in order to make all of this happen you have to understand your dog’s body language.
Dogs are expressive animals, you just have to focus on how certain parts of their bodies move.
The eyes of golden retrievers are usually wide and rounded when they are alert or afraid or feel. When they are staring directly at you, it’s always a threat. If they look away or at you and suddenly turn away, it means the dog doesn’t want to appear aggressive. It is a gesture of submission.
Golden’s have large, floppy ears. When they held their ears flat and back on the head, it displays negative feelings of nervousness and fear. The more the ears are forward and high, the more they are confident.
When your dog’s mouth is closed or slightly open it means they are generally happy and relaxed. When he licks his lips or another dog’s face or person, it is a sign of submission, he is not confident or sure of the situation he is facing.
Play Bow Body Language
Friendly puppies do this to everyone- even vacuum cleaners. It’s one of the most common signs of Retriever’s body language. Very often they will bark when they bow. It is usually an expression that they want to play with you.
This is also a sign of nervousness. It relieves tension within them. When your dog shows his teeth pulling up the upper lip and lowering the bottom lips they are feeling very aggressive and can even bite.