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What is Your Dog Saying to You?

Dear Humans,

We dogs are very good communicaters if you just watch and listen. In the book, “What Do Dogs Dream About?” author, Tom Kuncl looks into the mind of “mankind’s best friend.” Although he talks about dreams and the history of dogs, he gives some basic information you should know of how your dog is talking to you.

Below are some of the things your dog is saying to you:

“Hi, I’m glad to see you!” – This bark is high-pitched, repeated and followed with lots of tail-wagging and grinning. You probably already know this greeting. It’s the one your pet uses when you come home from work or some other outing you have taken.

“Will you play with me?” – When your pup wants to play, he’ll lower his two front paws, put his chest down to the ground, flatten his ears and lift his rear in the air. Dog behaviorists call this the “play bow.” No one who sees it is able to resist it.

“Stay away!” – A dog warns you of possible danger with a series of low-pitched, frenzied barks that should have you up and investigating immediately.

“I’m scared?” – A scared dog crouches low to the floor, with his head down and ears flat. If he barks at all, it will be an odd sounding howl.

“Something’s wrong!” – This type of warning bark is usually accompanied by growling, raised hair on the neck and flattened ears.

“I’m very sad.” – We’ve all heard the expression “puppy dog eyes.” There’s nothing more heart-wrenching than the sight of those downcast eyes and drooping ears that a dog demonstrate when he’s not happy. If your dog is feeling especially unhappy, he may howl. This dog needs attention and a big hug!

“I love you!” – This is the type of “dog-talk” all dog lovers live for. You know it’s puppy love when you’re greeted with lots of face-licking and tail-wagging. Wolves in packs use face-licking as a sign of affection and trust. When your dog drags his tongue across your face, take it as a compliment and consider yourself one lucky person!

And have you ever seen a dog smile? We do! We grin by pulling back the corners of our lips and baring our teeth. (Please don’t make the mistake of confusing a grin with a snarl. If a dog has his mouth pulled back, but is showing his incisor and back teeth, he is most likely snarling.)

I hope you have been enjoying spending quality time with your dogs these days and I’ll be back with more tips next time!

Peace, Love & Biscuits

Gracie

Source: Tom Kuncl, What Dogs Dream About