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The Secrets Of Understanding Your Dog's Body Language

Apr 16, 2008
How many times have you understood what your dog wants to convey to you? If you find it difficult to understand the body language of your dog, read the article below, it will show you the secrets of understanding what Fido wants to tell you. This article will let you learn about why your dog whines, barks, growls etc.

If you are a dog owner, it is very necessary to understand your dog's body language. This will make you aware of what your dog's telling you. Regular interaction with your dog is very important to keep him happy and make him stay away from aggressive behavior. Remember that dogs depend on body language to express themselves.

Dogs possess a peculiar kind of body language of their own. You need to
understand this vocabulary in order to have a successful communication with your dog. Here are some of the most common Canine body language messages:

a)Tail and ears down:

Whenever your dog wants to exhibit submissiveness, he will sit down with both his ears down and tail tucked between his legs. Here, he acknowledges you as his master and surrenders. Your dog will also sit in this position if he has done something naughty or done something that you don't approve of. He wants to curb your anger and hence sit in this position. Another situation where your dog sits with his tail and ears down is when he feels down, gets sick or injured.

b)Tail and ears up:

Whenever your dog approaches a new visitor, with his tail and ears up, he is excited and happy to meet this person. The body language is a way to express his happiness and gratitude. This is a playful behavior and you don't need to worry about the safety of your visitor in this case.

c)Play bow:

This is a body language your dog exhibits whenever he wants to play with you or his fellow dogs. He will lay his front legs flat on the ground and stick his back end in the air. This body language is followed by a happy bark. He will also jump towards his side. In short, this body language of a dog is to ask someone to play with him.


Whenever your dog gets frustrated or angry it will whine. This behavior is common whenever your dog is tied to a leash for a long time or not able to do what he wants.


This is a warning to you. Here the dog becomes aggressive and warn you. This is common when someone tries to invade his place or privacy. It is natural for your dogs to growl at strangers. However, you need to know that dogs who growl at their owners have some problem. You should seek a professional help immediately. Growling is a sign that the dog is going to bite soon. Hence, this behavior should be taken seriously.


This is one of the most common body language for dogs. This can mean different things depending on the circumstance. Dogs may bark to greet their owners, warn someone, or indicating a stranger's entry to your home.

Pay attention to the body language of your dog will help you have a better relationship with your dog and it will be a lot easier to do your dog training.
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