why does a dog prick its ears
Dog ears arenБt just for listening Б theyБre for talking too! Dogs ears are great indicators for telling you what your dog is feeling. Neutral Position When your dog is relaxed, his ears will sit in a neutral position. Neutral position means that theбearsбare not pricked forward, drooping down or pasted to his head. Whatever the dogБs breed, they are just sitting easy. Here is a relaxed dog with neutral ears. The other body language cues that tell me this dog is at easeбare the big, open mouth and relaxed, drooping tongue. Attentive/Pricked Ears This Terrier is playing and focused. Her ears are pricked forward. Her eyes are looking directly at something, likely her playmate. Her mouth is opened and relaxed because she is is happy playing. If you make a funny sound your dog may prick his ears forward and also offer a head tilt. Alert/Concerned Ears In this case, our Golden Retriever has just heard something.
HeБs on the fence about it and processing the information. His ears are pricked, body weight is rolled forward, his tail is lifted and his mouth is shut. His ears tell us that heБs on alert. Changing Position This Boston Terrier is wearing ears that tell us he may be a bit concerned and is working to figure something out. His ears are changing positions and flicking back and forth. HeБs trying to decide how he feels about his current situation and the sounds around him. Notice his jaw is not relaxed, but closed. Dropped Or Pinned Ears The term dropped or pinned ears refers to ears that appear pasted/pinned or dropped and held tight to the dogБs head. Dogs can drop/lower their ears when they are both happy and nervous. ItБs important to read the rest of the dog. I prefer to call ears, БdroppedБ when the dog is offering pro social behavior, like this pup. You can see our dog is offering a lovely kiss to his friendБs face.
His body is likely wiggly and loose. This dog is using his dropped ears to tell her that he is harmless and happy to be social. Extremely Pinned Ears On the flip side, this dog is using every square inch and muscle in his body to tell us he is nervous and fearful, his ears included. His ears are extremely pinned tight and his body could not be more hunched and stiff. His tail is between his legs, his legs are tightly bent, and his movement is slinking and slow. He is turning not just his head, but his shoulders and full body away from the greeter. There you have it! I know a lot of dog owners believe their dogs like to use Бselective hearingБ or feel ignored when they call their dogs to come. When this is happening, take a look at your dogБs ears to see whatБs heБs saying with them. Maybe heБs not responding to you because he is keenly focused on something else,бlike the Golden Retriever above with pricked ears.
Perhaps, heБs not coming to you, because he is nervous that you are mad at him,like the hunched and slinky dog at the end. Pay attention to what your dog s ears are communicating to you.
The cast of Prick Up Your Ears - 1987 includes: Dave Atkins as Mr. Sugden Frances Barber as Leonie Orton Stephen Bill as George Barnett Jane Blackburn as Woman in Gallery 1 Mark Brignal as Beatles Chauffeur Selina Cadell as Miss Battersby David Cardy as Brian Epstein Antony Carrick as Counsel Joanne Connelly as Stage Manager Garry Cooper as Actor 1 - Mr Sloane Moktar Dagmouni as Moroccan Boy 2 Janet Dale as Mrs. Sugden Noel Davis as Philip Liam De Staic as Brickie Anthony Douse as BBC Actor 2 Neil Dudgeon as Policeman James Duggan as Labourer Lindsay Duncan as Anthea Lahr Ahmed Elgheur as Moroccan Boy 1 James Grant as William Orton Christopher Guinee as Publisher Robin Hooper as Mortuary Attendant Richard Ireson as Man Outside Lavatory Derek Jarman as Patrick Proktor William Job as RADA Chairman John Kane as Director Rosalind Knight as RADA Judge Julie Legrand as Gallery Owner Spencer Leigh as Constable Roger Lloyd Pack as Actor 2 Angus MacKay as RADA Judge Steven Mackintosh as Simon Ward Charles McKeown as Mr.
Cunliffe Alfred Molina as Kenneth Halliwell Gary Oldman as Joe Orton Bert Parnaby as Magistrate Neville Phillips as Man in Gallery Jonny Phillips as Youth Outside Lavatory Vanessa Redgrave as Peggy Ramsay Eric Richard as Education Officer Stella Richman as Woman in Gallery 2 Stevan Rimkus as Kenneth Hooper Robin as Mortuary Attendant John Salthouse as Chauffeur Wallace Shawn as John Lahr Neville Smith as Police Inspector Linda Spurrier as RADA Instructor Sian Thomas as Marilyn Orton Margaret Tyzack as Madame Lambert Julie Walters as Elsie Orton Charlotte Wodehouse as Janet
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