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Emotional Expressions of Dog in Upper and Lower Brain States

   The dog, like other domesticated animals, has been bred for thousands of years to reduce its wild side and increase is softer more trusting side.

   When your dog is operating in their Upper brain, or domesticated state, they are relaxed and not anxious because you, the leader, have been identified. Your dog will move towards stimuli, lick and smell other dogs’ faces, and walk with a calm, upright gait.

  When your dog is operating in a lower brain, or wild state, he will move away from stimulus and will exhibit shy behavior. A dog will sniff the ground or other dogs’ backsides in order to avoid exposure to teeth. Your dog will also shy away from any leadership role and give vocal cues like whining, barking, growling and nipping and biting.


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