What is your dog trying to tell you?

Dog Communication and Body Language

Words may be an important means of communication for humans, but dogs express their feelings through body language and pronunciation. Even if your dog seems to understand your words, especially if you have the patience to teach simple commands, it is important to also learn to understand and interpret your dog’s body language.



If one day your dog starts talking to you, video the situation on your phone and prepare for publicity. While waiting for it, you should get used to interpreting the more subtle sounds of dogs. Dogs communicate with their physical being, but their thoughts or feelings can also be inferred from certain sounds.



A calm dog may gasp quietly. Breathing can even be so subtle that it is hardly distinguishable from breathing. A happy or energetic dog gasps for a moment. The dog’s breathing becomes a little heavier if you ask the dog to jog. Dogs also gasp when nervous.

Attention must be paid to heavy breathing. It can be a sign of a serious problem. Dogs gasp as a result of heat stroke, injury, or chronic illness. If you notice a gasp, let the dog rest and try to cool the dog’s condition. If the bleeding persists for a long time, make an appointment with a veterinarian to make sure there is no latent health problem.



Whining can be difficult to interpret. Vetstreet explains that whining may be a way for a dog to ask for something like attention or food. The dog may be excited or in an energetic mood. Other dogs whine when they are stressed. A wounded or sick dog may report feeling unwell by whining. As with many other canine body language tips, it is important to monitor for other signs to identify the cause of the whining.

As you spend more time with your dog, you will slowly begin to recognize different ways of whining. Some dogs use whining in combination with other body language to get attention. Other dogs, on the other hand, sit next to the door and whine because they want to get out to do their needs (if this describes your own dog, indoor cleanliness training is clearly successful). Whining is often seen as a negative thing, but in this case, a dog whining is acceptable and can even be considered cute. If your dog whispers again, but otherwise shows no signs of joy or wanting out, there may be an underlying health problem that you need to address. Since the dog cannot tell what is wrong, it is best to take the dog to a veterinarian for safety.



In many ways, barking is like shouting at people. The dog wants to express his feelings, but can only bark. There are many types of dog barking, and while some sound more threatening than others, you should always pay attention to dog barking. Constant rapid barking is often a warning. Your dog has spotted someone on his or her territory, such as a postman, and wants to report it to his or her roommates (as well as other dogs in the area). Loud low barking is often a warning to guests: “Don’t come any closer, I don’t trust you.” Follow the advice and approach with caution. Then there’s another high-pitched bark that often tells of a dog being injured. If you run into a barkingly barking dog, get help. Your dog may need immediate help, but remember that an injured dog may also be suspicious and think your concern is a sign of danger instead of trying to help.

Howling resembles barking and comes from the wolf parents of the dogs. It is a constant higher voice that tells about the presence of dogs and is also a message to other dogs nearby. Howling can be loud and annoying, but for your dog, it’s just a means of communication among others.



Your dog may not be a future pop star, but the barking of dogs can sometimes sound almost like singing. This is usually a sign of a happy dog. For example, singing can accompany your piano playing, tell you how happy you are on your return home, or express the joy of playing. This kind of vocalization is simply a way for a dog to say he is in a good mood.



The dog’s posture and other body language tell about the dog’s emotional state. What position is the dog in? Is the dog trying to look bigger than its actual size? Does the dog seem to shrink against the ground as you approach?



If you are afraid your dog will be aggressive towards you, watch your dog’s hair movements. If you find your dog’s occipital, neck, or back hairs are upright (similar to cats), your dog wants you to stay farther away. The dog may be nervous or angry. It’s like a dog holding a warning sign all over his body that tells the dog to be prepared for you or someone else approaching it. This sign may not be related to you, but can also be a subtle sign of danger nearby. Because a dog’s sense of smell and hearing are much more effective than a human, your dog may have noticed something you don’t know about and is trying to get you to keep your reserves.


Dog’s tail

A dog’s tail is associated with a wide variety of body language signs. Is he swinging? In that case, your dog is probably happy or full of energy. Is he between the legs? There is a sign of fear and possible nervousness between the legs. The upright tail tells the dog to pay close attention to something. In hunting dogs, this position often indicates that the prey is close, and that it is best to approach carefully and quietly. It can also be a sign of a dog’s attempt to show dominance by taking up more space. Welsh Corgi with ears up sitting facing away.



The essence of a dog is often a sign of a dog’s feelings or intentions. Crouching away from you body near the ground is a sign of submission or possibly fear. If you find your dog tense his muscles and is trying to appear larger than the real one, the dog will try to be the leader of the herd, and it may be best to let the dog relax before approaching.

If the dog is calm, it is also visible from a relaxed position. All four feet are on the ground and there are no signs of tension in the muscles. If your dog is confident in your company and does not suffer from stress, it may throw itself on its back and wait for scratches.

Your dog may also feel safe by poking you in the nose. This is often a sign of the dog’s need for attention: the dog is penetrating its snout under your hand, demanding scratches.



The size and shape of the head varies by race. Some have long drooping ears, others short and erect. Whatever your dog’s ears, eyes and mouth look like, you can learn many kinds of dog body language by observing your head.

The position of the head can also tell the dog is trying to understand you. Have you ever noticed your dog tilting his head while listening to you? Vetstreet says this is often a way to try to hear you better. Dogs mimic their owners skillfully, and tilting your head can be a sign of empathy, an attempt to understand your words better, or just a realization that there may be something positive in the permit, such as a treat or scratches. Often the tilt of the head simply tells the dog to try to understand you.



The muzzle of a calm dog is casually slightly slit. A calm and happy dog ​​can even try to lick its owner. If the mouth is closed or the chin is tight, the dog is nervous. When a dog is submissive, it can sometimes lick its lips and yawn. This is a physiological means of calming, but also a sign that the dog is stressed.

Exposing your teeth is a sign that your dog is sensing danger and wants to protect himself or you. Approach with caution or even back down if the dog grumbles and reveals its teeth.



Like humans, a dog’s eyes are largely the center of the look, and as you get to know the dog, it becomes easier to interpret the emotions in your eyes. This does not mean that you could not also observe body language when interpreting the message of the eyes. The eyes of a relaxed and calm dog look normally shaped. Bigger-looking eyes tell the dog to feel scared or threatened. The eyes of an aggressive dog may also look larger than usual, so be sure to observe other signs of body language as well. Dogs with malaise may squint or look sluggish.


Ear position

The ears on the back and bottom tell you your dog is submissive or ready to scratch. However, the lower ears combined with other body signs, such as exposed teeth, may indicate that the dog is sensing danger and preparing to move into a shelter. Upright ears can mean more things. Vertical ears can simply tell your dog to pay attention to something. For example, if your dog snoozes but happens in the room, you may find that the dog’s ears become erect while the rest of the body remains motionless. In such a case, the dog simply listens to its environment to find out if there is cause for concern. Also, if a dog is awake with its ears upright and suddenly looks focused without a clear object, it is a matter of listening. Upright and forward-tilted ears are a sign that the dog is agitated and possibly aggressive.

If you have a dog with an upright ear, one ear may rise and the other may stay down. This position also tells the dog to listen, but not so attentively as to look for something.

If you notice significant changes in your dog’s body language, such as severe wheezing or eye flaking, contact your veterinarian immediately. The cause may be injury and illness, and the dog should be treated as soon as possible.

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