What Is My Pet Dog Trying To Tell Me?

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Dogs indeed are a man’s best friend, and like all of your mates out there, communication is essential to maintaining a trustworthy relationship. While your dog may not be declaring what it wants/needs or how it feels verbally, some signs can translate into what your dog may be feeling.

At Dogsbod, we believe that there is always something you can do to improve your relationship with your canine friend, and one of the best ways to do that, is to develop a better understanding of what its particular body language means. If you are looking to understand what your dog is telling you, let the Dogsbod team help you out!

While every dog out there has a unique personality, some general rules and signs are present across different breeds which are fantastic for figuring out what your furry friend is trying to tell you.


A dog’s eyes say a lot. Owners often forget this similarity between humans and canines and choose to determine a dog’s feelings based on their movement. However, the way a dog averts its eyes can help you understand how they feel about you!

Commonly speaking, if a dog makes direct eye contact with you over a prolonged period, it is a sign of affection and adoration. However, there are some dogs who make eye contact when they are feeling particularly aggressive. This particular sign is one you will develop an understanding of over time. Once again similar to the traits of humans, dogs may avoid eye contact altogether or look out the corner of their eyes indirectly at you, if they are feeling upset, threatened or anxious.

Just like humans, dog’s eyes often widen, and pupils dilate if they are surprised, shocked or even excited.


It is pretty evident to anyone who has ever had a dog that one of the easiest ways to determine the mood of your pet is the tail. Many reports and theories suggest the direction in which a dogs tail wags suggests different emotions. While a tail wagging to the right indicates happiness, some breeds will wag their tails to the left in situations where they are hesitant (meeting new strangers). Fear is one of the more apparent emotions that dogs show through their tail. The vast majority of dogs will tuck their tail between their legs when they are nervous, frightened or timid.

Alternatively, if your dog’s tail is stiff and raised, it indicates that he or she is aggressive and on edge. Keeping an eye on your dog’s tail is perhaps the easy way to understand how your buddy is feeling at any given time.

Ear Movement

Ears are perhaps the most diverse body parts across dog breeds. While some dogs have upright ears, others have floppy ears. However, most dog breeds have ears that move depending on their level of interest. Some breeds tilt their heads to get their ears into better listening positions.

If dogs push their ears back, they could be exhibiting friendliness or even fearfulness.


This one is known to most dog owners, but you can tell alot about how your pet is feeling by keeping an eye on their mouth. There are visible signs, such as a panting dog who is trying to cool down, or a slightly open mouth for a dog that is relaxed or contented. Once again, every dog is different, and over time, you can learn the signs and responses of your dog to understand what they are trying to tell you exactly!


While you can keep an eye on a dog’s particular movements and body parts, there is normal behaviour that will also indicate the emotions your dog is experiencing. Just like young children, dogs will jump up at you when they want affection or attention. In isolated instances this can be a sign of them trying to assert dominance, however, more often than not, they are just happy to see you!

If you have a dog, you get used to seeing them yawn. Just like humans, the understanding of why exactly dogs yawn is still unknown. Some reports and studies suggest that it relieves stress for the dog, or even means that your dog is feeling a form of empathy for the owner!

Biting is natural with dogs of all ages, but the way in which a dog bites will differ dramatically. Small nibbling and gentle biting is more commonly a sign of play, rather than hostility. However, if a dog is biting with strength and intent, it is apparent that they are unhappy or agitated.

Finally, you can tell a lot about a dog by judging its bark. The frequency of most barks is an excellent indicator of how your dog is feeling. Deeper, throaty barks often suggest anger or aggression, while softer whines and barks are usually more empathetic and friendly.

While a dog’s body language and behaviour may not be that different to humans, there are a few suggestive traits that can help you determine what your dog is trying to tell you exactly. At Dogsbod, nothing makes us happier than a dog’s comfort and wellbeing. For all things dog-related, look no further than Dogsbod.

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