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Reading Your Dog's Body Language

Reading Your Dogs Body Language

Dogs speak through their body language. Since we cannot communicate with dogs verbally, understanding their signs, gestures and body language are the only means through which we can understand their situation, state of mind and their mood. Sure they do woof, pant and bark at times to indicate their needs but once you can understand your dog’s non-verbal cues you can do a much better job of protecting it and fulfilling all its needs at the right time.

You can have a command over the meanings of different signs and body language by observing your dog in different scenarios and situations, when she is interacting with other people and other animals and when she’s in different moods. The following guideline can help you in understanding the most common ways of expressing different emotions and states of mind.

Signs of Happiness

A happy dog has bright eyes and ears perked up. She is quite relaxed with her mouth slightly open. Such a dog usually expresses his happiness by panting mildly, wagging her tail, curling or gently hanging in a relaxed position. A happy dog doesn’t show aggressiveness unnecessarily. In fact, she appears to be quite friendly and always enjoys the company of its surroundings and environment. There is no sign of worries in such a dog.

Signs of Confidence

A confident dog stands tall and straight with its head usually held high. Like a happy dog, her ears are perked up and mouth somewhat open, while the tail may sway gently and loosely. Such a dog is at ease and doesn’t show signs of anxiety.

Signs of Playful Mood

Rapid wagging of tails is often implies a playful mood. Besides, such a dog may exhibit shiny eyes along with the characteristics in the happy dog. Jumping and running around in different directions with high-spirited joy is often marked with being playful. Whenever you notice your dogs front legs being stretched out in forward direction, head straight ahead and quick to and fro motions with little jerks, these are certainly the invitations from her to come play, let’s have fun!

Submissive Behavior

Holding head an ears, averted eyes and low tail are the signs of being submissive. Such a dog may also be friendly and lick other dogs. Sometimes, submissive behavior is shown by sniffing the ground or diverting the attention elsewhere in order to tell that she doesn’t want any troubles.


It is often displayed by holding the ears back and neck stretched outwards. Such a dog may moan, wimp or lick her own lips. At times she may shopper or whimper and stands in an uneasy posture. Such a dog may become fearful or aggressive in response to appropriate stimuli. So do not try to do anything that may provoke her, instead try to divert her attention to some pleasant thing like a treat or a toy.

Signs of Being Frightful

Frightfulness is marked with more intense signals of submissive and anxious behavior. With ears flat back and eyes narrow and averted, sucha dog usually growls and whines. She may even urinate or defecate if she is very fearful. It would be wise to not provoke such a dog as it may hurt you. Try to bring her to a more calm and comfortable location in such circumstances.

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