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Why does my dog back away from me?

asked 2017-03-23 17:01:49 -0500

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answered 2017-03-24 00:29:17 -0500

There could be multiple reasons why your pup is backing away from you. It could be that he's shy or scared - especially if you're a lot bigger than your pup and you're just establishing your relationship. Or, he could be trying to play "chase" and backing away as a playful gesture. The easiest way to tell how your pup is feeling is based on their body language. Are their ears perked + tail wagging? or are their ears pinned down + tail between their legs? Depending on the situation it could be about building more trust between you and your pup - or that your dog just wants to play :)

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