Social interaction includes interactions between the dog and a person, the dog with another dog, or a dog with other dogs in a playgroup.
We want to ensure a positive experience in each type of interaction. One way is to encourage play behaviour. Common signs of play behaviour include:
- Eyes squinty or almond shaped
- Body loose and wiggly
- Play bow
- Elbow bends
- Tail neutral (parallel to spine)to low (below spine)
- Long, sweeping tail wag
- Play mouthing or play biting
- Grooming behaviours such as nibbling or play flea-biting
For additional information and a more detailed description of each piece of body language of play, see ASPCA’s Body Language.