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6 Things That Your Dog Is Telling You With Their Body Language

Ever wonder what your dog is trying to say to you? One of the best ways to figure it out is by looking at their body language. They use their ears, tail, and paws in particular ways that reveal how they’re feeling. Your dog may lie down when they’re content or excited, but if they get really still and seem alert, they may be scared or suspicious. Here are some other common signals from your pooch!

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1) Tail Wagging

Dogs use their tail for a lot of things, including wagging them to show you that they’re happy. Usually, dog tail movements are pretty easy to read. They wag their tails up and down when they’re happy, but if it starts low, between the legs, that means your dog is feeling scared or submissive. If your dog’s tail sticks straight up in the air, this usually signals excitement or curiosity. If the fur on their tail is standing up straight, but not wagging, they may be feeling threatened or dominant. Besides communication, your dog might wag after going to the bathroom – that means they’re marking their territory. Knowing this can help you understand why your dog is wagging in certain contexts.

2) Ears

Dog ears are pretty easy to read, too. If a dog’s ears are pointed forward and perked up, they’re most likely happy or excited about whatever is going on. However, if their ears fall back flat against their head, this usually means that they’re scared or submissive. If a dog’s ears are laying down flat, but the tail is wagging and their fur isn’t standing up, it could mean that they feel threatened. Ears are also used for balance, so if your dog is running around with their ears pulled back, don’t worry – they’re just trying to get better traction. Ear movements are especially important for dog breeds that have small tails, like the Boston terriers, who generally communicate with their ears.

3) Paw Lift

Did you know that when dogs lift up their paws it can mean anything from “I’m begging” or “I want something” to “I understand” or “yes”? It all depends on the context of what is happening around them. If your dog is standing or sitting but lifts up a paw or paws, they are usually showing that they understand what you said. If your dog is standing still and looks at you, then slowly lifts up one paw, look out! They’re about to do something they know they’re not supposed to, like climb on the furniture or jump up in your lap.

4) Sniffing 

Sniffing is a pretty common action for dogs – it’s how they get to know new places and people. Scents are their primary way of communicating with the world around them! It might seem weird when your dog sniffs around your feet, for example, but this is just how dogs are. Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and will investigate anything – even poop! Pets who like each other usually sniff each other’s genitals to get to know them better. They will also sniff everything when they are outside – it’s how they know if there’s something scary, or if it might be safe to walk through an area. If your dog sniffs, he may just be checking things out!

5) Head Tilts 

Tilting their head is another way that dogs communicate. When a dog tilts their head to the side, they are trying to understand or get new information. This usually happens when your dog is confused about something you said or did – it makes them think! If your dog does this and then barks (or howls!), he might be trying to tell you that he understands. Your dog might also tilt their head when you’re petting them – they might even push it into your hand! This is a sign that your pooch loves what you’re doing, so keep it up.

6) Stomach 

When your dog’s stomach is in the air, that means that they’re relaxed. It looks like they’re saying “take a look at me!” but it actually makes your dog feel safer and more protected, since showing their vulnerable stomach is a sign of trust. Dogs might also show their stomach when you tickle them – this is another way of letting you know that they trust you enough to be vulnerable around you.

However, if your dog’s stomach is flat on the ground and their tail isn’t wagging, it can mean they’re feeling threatened or defensive. If this happens, make sure to back off! Your pet might feel more comfortable if you sit near them but don’t touch them – let them come to you when they’re ready.

It’s not always easy to understand what your dog is trying to say, but if you pay attention to their body language (including ears, tail, and paws) it will be easier. We hope this article has helped you understand your dog better.

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