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Why does my dog bow when playing?

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

This position was adopted by dogs to signal that they want to play or continue playing. The posture is one of having the front end down and forelimbs splayed, while the rear remains elevated, and the tail is slowly wagging. At the same time, the dog’s ears are forward, its eyes appear relaxed and smiling, and its lips may be retracted in a sheepish grin. Excited barking sometimes accompanies this inviting posture.


The play bow is “universal” in the sense t...

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