Understand What Your Dog Means to Say

A man and his dog on sofa

Given the fact that dogs can’t talk with us, it is only by using their movement and their noises that we gather what they mean to say. Dogs tell us through actions like wagging tails or exposing their tummies. Designer dog kennels are perfect for your home and for your dog when he’s feeling anxious and needs his own space. Learn about its behavioral signals well.

Dogs communicate with a complex body signal language which reflects what they think and feel. They consciously and instinctively use signals to communicate intentions of others and to assure their safety.

Understanding Dogs’ Body Language

In any other body and vocal language the dog transmits, any other signal that is shown by a portion of the dog's body can always be interpreted. In different situations the same kind of sign may have a different meaning, so body position and other vocalizations help us understand the intentions and emotions of the dog.

A feared Dog

Discomfort and Stress

While in stress or fear, dogs show different behavior and help ease the feeling.

If a dog has found something new or mysterious, the signals indicate that he’s on alert when trying to find out whether there is danger or action needed. He may do these:

  • Horizontal tail with a slight moving motion

  • Wide eyes

  • Closed Mouth

  • Ears forward and twitching sometimes

  • Smooth forehead and nose

  • Leaned slightly forward

  • Excessive drooling in closed mouth

  • Hair on the neck and back stands

  • Showing the white of the eyes

  • Dry panting

Aggression with Fear

If a  dog is scared, he might feel the need to attack. A dog usually gives signals when facing someone who threatens him. Dogs that are afraid are often hard to handle..

  • Ears back

  • Rapid panting

  • Tail down

  • Lowered body

  • Dilated pupils

  • Head lowered

  • Head-turning

  • Lip licking

A dog licking his nose

Displacement Behavior

The language of displacement helps dog calm down and to focus. If a dog gets nervous about a perceived threat approaching, he will make efforts to turn the danger away from the harmful intent. The threatening person or animal is meant to be distracted by the dog’s behavior, like snipping or scratching the ground. This behavior typically occurs when a dog requires an outlet to vent and includes actions like:

  • Nose licking

  • Chattering teeth

  • Sniffing

  • Spinning

  • Shaking

  • Pacing

  • Sneezing

  • Yawning

Relaxed and Approachable

If any activities are taking place in its immediate environment, but it’s unconcerned and unaffected, such a dog is usually approachable. The dog here can be comfortable and relaxed. Nevertheless,if the dog is new to you, come up to him slowlyand carefully. A friendly dog shows these signs:

  • Head high

  • Mouth open with slight tongue sticking out

  • Tail normal or wagging

  • Ears up

  • Inviting belly rub

  • Relaxed facial expression

  • Blinking eyes

Two aggressive chihuahua dog

Aggression with Dominance

To keep itself safe, a dog must protect itself from a real or perceived threat; it will demonstrate defensively or offensively. This language is evident when he’s trying to make a threat to stay far away. If the perceived threat doesn’t retreat from the dog’s space, the defensive conduct becomes offensive. It’s usually pretty easy to understand and recognize this behavior with the following signs:

  • Ears forward

  • Tail raised and stiff

  • Nose and forehead wrinkled

  • Curled lips

  • Visible teeth or grinning

  • Mouth opened

  • Growling

  • Stiff legs

  • Air snapping


Dogs love playing. It could go with enthusiastic barking or pouncing. These indications can be used to show that any rough conduct that may have come before is not intended to pose a challenge or a threat.

  • Tail up and wagging

  • Wiggling rear

  • Upward ears

  • Dilated pupils

  • Front end lowered paw

  • Opened mouth with exposed tongue


We are Kennel and Crate and we are aware of the dog breeds and will recommend you the best designer dog kennels for your dog. For helping the dog relieving stress and fear, the right training is required and a place for your dog to feel safe.