Other Ways Dogs Talk To Us
Dogs use more than just body language to tell us how they’re feeling. There are other behaviors to look for when trying to understand how dogs communicate. Most involve vocalization, but you can also tell a lot about a dog by how it sleeps. They also tell us things just by looking at us.
You might be a bit creeped out by your dog’s constant staring. We’re creeped out when people do it. But your dog doesn’t intend to be creepy. By staring, they’re telling you that they want your attention and affection. Take this as an open opportunity to give them some love.
This is by far one of the cutest things your dog can do (Second only to the puppy-eyes). A head tilt is a dog’s way of trying to listen. By tilting their head, they’re focusing on the direction a sound is coming from. Talking to them might make them turn their head.
It turns out that yawning is contagious in dogs too! If you yawn and your dog yawns after, it means he’s been watching you. It’s just another way that dogs communicate how much they love you.
Rising Pitch Barks
Dogs have so many vocalizations that it can be hard to keep track of what they mean. You’ll learn your dog’s specific behaviors as you spend more time with him. One particular bark means fun times ahead. If your dog’s bark starts low, then raises in pitch, it means she’s ready to play. Combine this with a play-bow and she’s super excited to play.
Sleeping with "Crazy" Legs
We’ve all seen dogs asleep on their backs at silly angles. Their feet are up in the air and they are extremely relaxed. This pose has a deeper meaning, though. By exposing their belly, your pup is vulnerable. They would only do this if they felt comfortable and secure. If your dog does this often, it means they trust you and their surroundings.
Sleeping on Their Side
Your pup is also exposing their stomach in this pose. They are relaxed and comfortable in their home. This is a big win for owners of new dogs!