A: You're used to seeing your dog greeting you happily at the door, looking cheerful or just lying around and resting comfortably. But when you see the greeting isn't as effusive, when you see the tail, which is usually up and happy and wagging a lot, is maybe wagging slowly or isn't wagging at all, you see the face doesn't look as happy — when you see that, you have to stop and think: Is there a physical problem, or is there an emotional problem? Sometimes you will hear dogs actually sigh.
When you know your own dog, you are pretty much tuned into your dog's moods (or you should be). It's really important for your dog's physical and mental health. We're not always tuned in. We expect the dogs to be happy and cheerful for us all the time, but we don't stop and think about the obligation we have to understand their moods or understand when they actually need us.
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