Demystifying Your Dog's Body Language

Upright, relaxed wagging signifies happiness; tense motions or between legs signals fear.  

Tail Height + Motion 

Erect ears showing interest; flattened ears indicating anxiety or submission. 

Ear Position

High pitched warning barks versus low grumbling barks determine threatening versus playful context.

Bark Tones   

Soft eye contact shows affection and trust; hard stare can communicate dominance or unease.

 Eye Contact  

 Lip licking, yawning when not tired demonstrates your dog’s efforts to avoid confrontation.  

Appeasing Signals   

Sudden stiffening or stillness associated with perceived threat or uncertainty.   

Body Freezing  

Rapid dog sneezes are an innate social calming signal inviting positive interaction.  


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