Have you ever wished your dog could talk to you? Well, guess what, they can. Just not with words we understand. Research has shown that dogs have their own way of communicating with us, as well as other dogs. They use face and body language to communicate, just like humans. However since dogs have four legs and a tail, their body language is very different to ours. By taking the time to notice your dogs movements and actions, it can be beneficial to you and your dogs happiness if you are able to recognise the signs of stress or discomfort and being able to respond to potential problems. Do you want to understand the secret language of dogs and to know what your pet is trying to say? Read the blog to find out what they may be trying to tell you.

Dog body language 

Most dog owners will agree that their four-legged friend speaks volumes with their body language. Some typical signals dogs use are:

Eyes: A dog’s eyes will brighten when they consider someone or something friendly. Constant eye contact from your dog is their way of showing their trust and affection. If a dog is afraid, uncomfortable or has done something naughty, their pupils will dilate and they will avoid eye contact.

Face: Much like a human, dogs use facial expressions to to show how they’re feeling. Dogs will either wrinkle or straighten their foreheads to show confusion or determination.

Ears: When your dog is relaxed their ears will be in a neutral position. A dog will prick their ears if they’re on alert or intrigued. If their ears are pinned back, this is a sign they are nervous. 

Tail: This is perhaps the most recognised form of communication in a dog. In addition to the excited wagging, a dogs tail can communicate a lot of things. For instance, a slow wagging signifies your dog is feeling cautious, and a stiff tail shows your dog is on alert. If your dog tucks their tail its means they’re feeling scared and a low tail means your dog is content.

Play bow: If your dog bows, this means let’s play. However, it could also indicate an apology. You could try the basic yoga pose, downward dog, to communicate with your dog in their language. 

Biting: This is a sign of playing. Dogs are careful to avoid sensitive areas on other animals. 

Raising paw: By raising a paw this is a dogs way of communicating they want attention. Another action is the paw slap, similar to the human pat on the back. This shows that the dog trusts the other dog and thinks of them as friendly. 

Rearing hind legs: When a dog goes onto its hind legs, it’s a sign of affection. 

Barking: Dogs love to talk as much as we do. Barking can mean different thing to different dogs. The pitch or volume of the bark will increase with the dogs level of emotion. 

Our dogs are very aware of what we want from them, but we need to be aware of what they want from us. They do tell us, we simply need to open our eyes and ears to understand what they are trying to say. 

If you are having any difficulty communicating with your dog, training, or just bonding with them, please don’t hesitate to contact us for any help or just to chat. Our email is hello@finns.store or you can call a member of our team on 01932 304364.

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