[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday

Canine Body Language quiz:

Below are two pictures of the same dog, taken within a few weeks of each other. Which picture is she more relaxed in? Happier? Is she stressed in either picture? How can you tell? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

5 responses to “[Mostly] Wordless Wednesday

  1. Stressed in the first photo and relaxed in the second. In the first, her eyes are WIDE open, ears are forward and brow is furrowed.

  2. What a cute little girl! She looks much more relaxed in the second pic. The first pic her forehead/jaw/and even neck are tense. Not to mention the wide eyed look that if she were a horse would show the whites of her eyes! She also not looking very settled on her from elbows. Looks like the tiniest movement will make her leap up and away. She needs a cookie in that first picture! ;)

  3. Sara Linker Nord

    Yes, I agree with Jessica. The eyes are a dead giveaway!

  4. What Jessica said. The squinty eyes in the bottom photo show she’s more relaxed, and she’s very tense/alert in the top photo. It’s kind of difficult to tell whether she’s tense with excitement (like she is about to chase a ball) or tense with anxiety, but, in my opinion, knowing only what I see in the photo, she looks a bit more excited than anxious – the same way you might see dogs doing a sport they get very excited and intense about.

  5. Even her earset & tongue are different in each photo. Very tense & “perked” in top photo.

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