Animals communicate with each otherand you using body language. Thus knowing what different body positions mean can help you understand your dog better. Your dog may seem afraid when he tries to shrink away with his tail between his legs and in most cases, your dog is afraid. However, some people misinterpret this behavior as acting guilty. That perceived guilt is more often a reaction of fear to how you act when you see him doing something bad. Your dogmay bow with a toy or a stick to indicate that he wants to play. Your dog shows confidence when he holdshis head high and his tail up. He may even puff up his fur and act aggressively to show dominance. And of course, showing his teeth can lead to a bite so you should wait till he calms down before approaching him. Learn more from your Louisville, CO veterinary clinic.