Dogs' Secret Body Language

Posted by Samuel Nieves on

Growing up, movies like MGM's, All Dogs Go To Heaven and Disney's Homewardbound left me certain animals can talk to each other. You know, actual dialogue, like sentences, abstract concepts, conjugation, and novel sentences. Can you blame me? I love animals more than anything in this world, especially movies where the main subjects are animals that talk. Maybe this appeals to everyone. Because animals are mysterious -- we never know what they're actually thinking in their head.

I felt cheated when I got older and learned animals don't communicate like humans -- or at least communicate as intricate as we do amongst ourselves. I did however learn dogs have their very own abstract way of communicating through body language. After years of spending countless hours at dog parks (with my dogs of course) I've learned to understand situations and notice them before they even occur.

Body language is similar to sign language -- nothing like the he said, she said talk, but still, a very powerful way to communicate elaborate feelings and desires through gestures and sounds.

Every muscle in the dog's body (especially face) allows them to create specific gestures -- bark, growl, ability to whine, hair on their body, ears, tail, and their big ol' pearly whites, too -- that help with displaying feelings and intentions. Without all this, dogs could not be the social creatures they are known to be.

Instead of talking my head off, it's best to show you how body language looks like through detailed illustrations and video. You have to see it to understand it. Otherwise, to the laymen, I'm just a crazy dog guy.

But seriously... This is the best you can do for your dog other than providing them with food, water, and shelter.

These things are no SECRET. Go to the dog park, watch Youtube videos. Like these:

Part 1


Part 2


Learn to understand the Tail. I like this one a lot because it's easy for beginners. The tail says a lot, and it's ridiculously easy because it's large (in most cases) and easy to understand unlike, ears, fur, or facial gestures.



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