Where Dogs Go to get their happy on!

10 Acre Membership Dog Park

2448 Pond Road, WildWood, MO    

We are accepting new membership applications You may apply online or come see us during our office hours which are Thurs. and Fri. 9-4 and Saturdays 9-2.  


Reading a Dog's Body Language

It can be helpful to understand the messages a dog sends through body language.
Be on the lookout for these behaviors:

Playful Actions – “All is well”
  • Back and forth play – dogs change position
    (role reversals)
  • Bouncy, exaggerated gestures
  • Wiggly bodies
  • Open relaxed mouth
  • Play bows
  • Twisted leaps or jumps
  • Gentle neck biting
  • Pawing in the air

Signs of Stress – “I’m not comfortable”

  • Looking away, often with a turned head
  • Hiding behind objects or people
  • Fast wagging low tail
  • Whining or whimpering
  • Ears may be back, mouth tense
  • Fast lip licking
  • Drooling
  • Shaking off when not wet
  • Yawning – little half yawns

Signs of Fear – “I’m afraid”
  • Dog will try to look small
  • Tail tucked
  • Hunched over, head down
  • Tense
  • May urinate submissively

Red Flags That Require Owner Intervention
  • Excessive mounting
  • Pinning (holding another dog down and standing stiffly over him)
  • Shadowing another dog (following) incessantly
  • Bullying another dog that does not want to interact
  • Full speed body slams
  • Freezing with stiff body and posture
  • Putting head repeatedly onto another dog’s neck
    or back
  • Staring with a fixed gaze directly at another dog
  • Snarling or raised lips
  • Hackles up at the shoulders
  • Showing teeth

Bouncy, Twisted Leaps

Gentle Neck Biting

Looking Away and Hiding

Fast Lip Licking

Putting Head Repeatedly on Another
Dog’s Back


A great book if you’d like to learn more is “Off Leash Dog Play – A Complete Guide to Safety & Fun” by Robin Bennett and Susan Briggs.

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