Why do dogs try to appease?

Does your dog meet other dogs with a crouched posture or yawns frequently just before taking a walk? Then he tries to appease. Appeasement signals, also called "calming signals" in English, are a common means in everyday dog ‚Äč‚Äčlife. But why do dogs appease at all? Dogs send out certain signals to create harmony - Shutterstock / diyanski

Dogs love harmony and avoid conflicts as much as possible. This is one of the reasons why they appease in the form of "calming signals". These can look different and are used in a wide variety of situations.

Appeasement signals as a preventive measure

To ensure that there are no problems between dog and dog or dog and human, so four-legged friends appease. For example, a dog always "armed" with the appropriate signals enters a room in which another dog is already located. This can be a crouched posture or a wagging tail - signals that do not express aggressiveness but signal restraint. The following gestures can also be appeasement signals: blinking, yawning, licking, turning your head to the side, freezing, turning away or sitting down.

In addition to the appeasement as a preventive measure, dogs also use "calming signals" when a conflict is already active and should be ended.

Dogs calm themselves down

Dogs not only appease others with their signals, but also themselves. Here the word "calm down" is actually more appropriate than "appease". Maybe you know the phenomenon that your four-legged friend is yawning in front of the door shortly before going for a walk? In this case, he yawns not because he is tired, but because he wants to throttle his joy about the upcoming walk - he calms himself down in this example. With such appeasement signals, he also has a calming effect on other people present.

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A little definition

In summary, it can be said that appeasement signals serve to avoid or reduce emotions such as stress, fear, anger or excitement. Calming signals soothe, solve and avoid conflicts. They have a peacemaking and calming function.