iStockphotoDropping to the ground is "a play solicitation," says Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, DACVB, professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. Dogs use body language, including several play solicitations, to communicate their intentions.
"One of [these solicitations] is to just drop to the ground, and one of them is what we call a play bow where the fore quarters go down and the hind quarters are sticking up in the air," explains Dr. Crowell-Davis. "Another is to raise one fore paw either while standing up or in the play bow, and wave it at the other dog - those are all forms of inviting the other dog to play."
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