Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Raised Hackles in Your Dog

from: Dogster.com

Raised hackles, the hair on a dog’s back and neck, confuse many pet parents. They may see them as a sign of aggression, but that isn’t always the case. Raised hackles do not qualify as a behavior, as they are an involuntary reflex triggered by something that put the dog into a state of arousal. There is actually a medical term for the reaction: piloerection (pilo referring to “hair” in medical terms).

Hackles going up could be a sign of fear, anxiety, excitement, nervousness, or anger. If this happens to your dog, you must look at other body language and the context to understand what is happening. Only then can you know how to respond. Read the entire article

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