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Greensboro pet owners! Are you speaking your dog's language?

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Wouldn't it be great if your dog could talk to you? No more guessing if they're hungry, need to go out or just want a little affection. He could say, "I'm not feeling well," and you could take him to the vet before waiting until things get more serious. She could tell you she's ready to head to the dog park to play with friends. Thankfully, the Greensboro, NC, area is an excellent place for dogs, so no matter what your four-legged friend needs, you'll find it here.

Your pet may be unable to tell you what they want or need with words, but they communicate how they're feeling - we just have to pay attention. Your dog's eyes, mouth, tail and overall body language can give you many clues about what's going on with your furry friend. It's especially important to understand your pet's language when you plan to be around other dogs. Here are three things to pay close attention to:

  1. The eyes. If your dog's eyes are bigger than usual, it could be that they may feel stressed, frightened or aggressive. Smaller eyes could also indicate a sign of fear or stress. However, if their eyes look squinted, it might signify physical discomfort. Where your dog looks also is telling. Looking directly into another dog's eyes is a sign of aggression. If your dog has a bone or toy and glares at you out of the corner of his eye (so the eye appears mostly white), this is a signal to back off.
  2. Lip service. You can tell when a dog feels aggressive because they typically pull its lips back and display its teeth. They may even wrinkle their nose in a snarl. This is different from the grin some dogs will display when feeling submissive. The accompanying body language is also a big clue when trying to read your dog's mood.
  3. Tall tails. Some people might be surprised to learn a tail wag isn't always a sign of friendliness. A relaxed dog typically holds their tail in a natural position. If they're extremely happy, they may wag it from side to side or in a circular motion, and it's usually pretty forceful. However, a dog that's guarding something may also wag his tail. This type of wag is usually more rigid, and the body language will be stiff and tense.

When your pooch is asking for some time outdoors, you can head to one of these great dog-friendly parks in the Greensboro area:

  • LeBauer Park and Center City Park are centrally located and have lots of green space. Your pup will need to be leashed, but this is an excellent area for walking with lots to see and do.
  • If you want to get away from it all, head to the Battleground Parks District. Sitting on 400 acres, you'll find 13 miles of trails and lots of history and nature. Your furry friend will need to be on a leash.
  • Greensboro also has an abundance of neighborhood parks, so no matter where you live, you'll find one nearby.

If you and your furry pal are both in need of some refreshment, head to one of these pet-friendly spots:

  • For both fun and refreshments for you and your best friend, stop by Boxcar Bar + Arcade. If you're hungry, they have free popcorn, or you can head outside to the food trucks.
  • If you need to relax and have a drink, you won't have any trouble finding a place with outdoor seating that welcomes you both. Oden Brewing Company, Joymongers Brewing and SouthEnd Brewing are just a few places that welcome dogs on the patio. Or you can head to Doggos Dog Park and Pub where your pup can play in the supervised dog park while you sit back, relax and enjoy a drink. One note at Doggos: people must be at least 21.

Finally, if your pooch is begging for some time with friends, head to one of the numerous dog parks in the Greensboro area:

  • Bark Park has six acres for your pooch to explore. It's fully fenced and has three separate areas, with a smaller area for dogs that need a calmer environment.
  • Griffin Dog Park has separate areas for high-energy and low-energy pooches in its two acres of space.
  • If you're near LeBauer or Center City Parks and want to give your pal some time off-leash, head to the Downtown Greensboro Animal Hospital Dog Park near the History Museum and the Children's Garden.

When you head home after a full day of fun, the last thing you want to have to do is clean up the yard after your pet (especially since you've already done that at the dog park). Let us take care of your dog's business. You can get a free quote and learn more about our services on our website or call (520) 900-9873. We scoop poop in Greensboro, NC, so you don’t have to.