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What’s your dog trying to tell you?

by Curtis on September 21, 2012

Any true dog lover will agree that a dog is a member of the family, just like a child. It is therefore natural that dog owners should develop an instinct for things that their dogs ‘say’ to them. In this way, any designer dog facts should include not just tips on the diet and general healthcare of a dog, but also on interpreting what it is that a dog might be communicating to its human family.

Such communication may come as a result of different circumstances arising to do with play, daily life, or moods, but possibly the most important area in which dog owners need to interpret what the dog is communicating is when it comes to health and illness. It is important that the owner should not overlook such signals about health, as in some cases, the quick interpretation of the message, and prompt attention from a vet, may be crucial to the dog’s health and happiness.


In many cases, ill health is shown less by communication than by the illness itself. As with humans, a loss of weight, or more immediate signs such as retching or vomiting, can be clear signals that a pet is unwell. However, other behavior also contains telltale signs that something is amiss. A dog that exhibits listlessness and lethargy on the one hand, or pacing and increased agitation on the other, may well be signaling that they are experiencing discomfort or a feeling of being under the weather.

Tail behavior

However, it is not only in the field of health that a dog signals to its owner and other dogs. The key to interpreting the dog’s communication in many cases is in understanding the dog’s use of its tail. In general terms, the way a dog holds its tail, or the way in which it wags its tail, can demonstrate its mood and the way it is relating to the world around it. An upright tail is likely to communicate confidence or excitement, whereas a low tail signifies a less positive mood and possibly fear or illness. Wagging may occur in either position, and should be used in conjunction with the tail position when reading the dog’s signals: a wagged tail in the low position may mean a submissive posture, whereas a wagged tail in an upright position may emphasize the alertness or dominance in the dog’s state of mind.

Other body parts

Depending on the breed of dog, other body parts, as well as the posture of the dog overall, can be an effective means of communication. Owners learn to appreciate the signals given by different shapes of ears and eyes, and by the mouth and tongue, for example, as well as by barking and growling. Over time, a dog is likely to create its own individual signals that it is hungry, or that it wants to go out to relieve itself or to play, and the attentive owner will become familiar with these and will start to understand what is being communicated.

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