Last Updated on April 2, 2021
Maybe your dog can’t speak words, but he is constantly talking to you through his body, which is not always easy to understand. A dog’s body language involves a series of unique gestures to communicate intentions, needs, and emotions. Only when you are in the presence of a dog for a very long time, you will start to tell what he means. Our furry friends love to chat with us, and although we can’t truly comprehend them, we can still learn how to recognize a lot of his body movements. This is why we separated all the physical cues to understand any dog’s body language fully. So from head to tail, here are a few things that will help you.
1. Dog’s ears
Depending on the dog breed, your little pup can have a different shape and size of ears, but that doesn’t make any dog’s body language less understandable than another. When your dog is happy and calm, the ears will be in a relaxed, more natural state. When alerted, dominant, or aggressive, the ears will be tense and high. And when they are pulled flat against his head, your dog is most likely scared, worried, and submissive.
2. Dog’s eyes
The best way to learn a dog’s body language is by starring at their eyes because they can tell you so much about how they feel, exactly like people. When you receive relaxed, “soft” eyes from him, then know he is happy, but if he expressed the same look at another dog, he might be threatened or want to assert dominance. Dilated and large pupils can show fear-based behavior or aggressiveness, the same when they look at you from the corner of their eyes.
3. Dog’s mouth
Did you know that dogs mimic human mouths? You can see this very clearly on Youtube videos of “speaking” dogs that do their best to pronounce a word or two. When a dog is relaxed, his mouth will be as relaxed and soft that almost look like a smile. But when the dog’s mouth is tense and tight, he is a little be tensed up, but with a curled lip and exposed teeth, he shows aggression. However, other dog breeds like Chesapeake Bay Retrievers do the same when they are smiling. Tongue licking or flicking shows uneasiness or uncertainty, and these are the most important dog’s body language that must be learned.