Dogs are one of our best pet and friends. They are smart and cute, lively and enthusiastic. But usually we don’t know how to communicate with them. In fact, they use body language to “talk”. As long as we know the meaning of dog body language, we understand better about his needs.

Following are some common types of body language that dogs use. It is important to recognize that many of these types of body language can mean different things in different settings, so you should analyse the context of happening environment to better understand the meanings.

Wagging Tail

One of most common dog body language is wagging its tail. Everyone generally thinks that a dog is expressing happiness. In fact, dogs shaking their tails with excited motions when seeing their favorite people or owner. On the other hand, they may wagging tails with fear and afraid when meeting some strangers. Therefore, you should figure the detailed reason out when seeing your dog wagging tail.

Lolling Tongue Out

Keeping the mouth open, often with the tongue lolling out, is typically a very relaxed posture for a dog.


When your dog support their front paws with raised buttocks,  and tails shaking like he wants to attack; Actually he wants to invite you to play with him. When you reply him, he will jump up and run away; Then look back to see if you have followed.

Showing Belly to You

When dog get along well with you and acquainted with new environment, he sometimes lies on his backs on the ground, showing his belly to you. As the belly is their fragile part, this shows that you are the most trusted people and he feels safe with you. At this time, you can gently touch the top of its belly and show your loving to him.

Ears pulled back with Tail tucked between the legs

It is often a sign of fear or anxiety. Another is to express their obedience. If he stills moves backwards, it should be that he feels uneasy and there are threatening things or people around him.

Dog Body Language: Stand up Straight with Raised Ears

Dogs have a very acute sense of hearing. When he suddenly make this kind of action, it is generally aware of what he perceive and is full of vigilance. If he feels that some stranger people or threatening is getting closer, he will continue barking until the danger is over.

Turning Head Away, Yawning and Blinking

Averting the eyes, yawning, turning the head away or to the side can be a sign of anxiety.  This can also be a diffusive tool as well, to avoid conflict or help diffuse a situation. Dogs prefer to be touched by owners.

Dog Body Language: Rolling Onto The Back

Rolling onto the back is often a sign of fear, although the occasional very confident dog may have learned to do so in order to get tummy rubs.

Dog Body Language: Sniffing or Snuffling Along Ground

This can mean several things; it is often a way for dogs to follow the trail of a recent resident, discover signals left behind by other dogs or animals, or just enjoy the delights of nature. It can also be a sign of anxiety and a diffusive tool.

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