In order to improve our relationship with our pets it is important to learn, understand, and respect their body language. Animals are "talking" all the time.
Most animals instinctively try to avoid confrontation, it is after all counterproductive to survival. If you observe a group of animals, everything they do, every movement they make is intended to give the other animals in the group information.
Most humans do not pay attention to their animal's body language or they misinterpret what their pet is trying to tell them. When dogs wag their tail it doesn't always indicate an invitation to approach and pet them; they could be saying, "I'm happy to bite you." Likewise, exposing their belly might mean"pet me" or "go away!"
How do you know whether to approach, retreat, or stay put?