Dogs use their body language all the time to communicate everything. From their intentions, their emotions and their status to the dogs around them. Dogs do not have 1000′s of words in their vocabulary so they use body language far more to get their message across.
Calming signals are specifically used to tell another dog, calm down, I am not a threat, I am not a danger.
Here is a list of some commonly used calming signals:
- Avoiding direct eye contact
- Looking away
- Sniffing the ground
- Turning their back and walking away
Just because one dog is giving off calming signals does not mean the other dog either understands them or is going to take any notice! The very fact that they need to be given should alert you that the other dog is not calm. You have been warned!