Apologetic Dog Behavior- How do dogs say they are sorry?

dog that asks for forgiveness

Even dogs ask for forgiveness, both to one another and to their human being. For example, if a person may scold a dog because he destroyed the house or dug a hole in the garden. Faced with the scolding, our four-legged friend is not just sitting there passively, but will try to send signals to his master which are intended to appease the anger or aggression. Our dog is very good at interpreting our body language, both when we are happy with him and when we rebuke him. Unlike what you might think, the dog does not like to stay in a conflict situation very long, and tends to emit soothing signals to apologize. So let us try to find out all the dog’s apologetic behavior after he’s done something naughty!

Apologetic Dog Behavior

We can say that the dog apologizes resumes all those attitudes that assumed when he was still a puppy, which translated into human language are: “I am tiny little guy, do not get mad!”. He may cur in on himself and will have a low tail; he may tilt his head, his back bent, and droop his ears.

The look of the dog that asks for forgiveness will not be straightforward. He may tend to avert his gaze, and this is a classic, as the direct gaze for the dog is synonymous with bravado or challenge and is certainly not a calming signal to the other party.

dog that asks for forgiveness

Behavior of the dog that asks for forgiveness

There are other behaviors you may see in a dog that apologizes, including:

  • The dog that licks his nose: a behavior that goes back to puppyhood and is connected to the demand for food (think for example to the dog licking the muzzle of the mother);
  • The dog that rolls over on his back– reminiscent of behavior when he was still a puppy, always to point out that it is helpless.

When we notice these behaviors we should do our best not scold him, as the signals described indicate that your dog has understood very well where he went wrong and will try not to do it again. Many people do not realize that the dog apologizes in his own way, and that continuing to scold him is useless as it only causes a lot of stress and risk of repeat behavior or in the worst case scenario (though rare) the dog could respond with equal aggression.