What Is My Dog Trying To Tell Me?

Published: January 4, 2022
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Dogs may not be able to talk in the traditional sense of the term, but that doesn’t mean they can’t communicate with you. Dogs are capable of communicating their thoughts, feelings and needs via body language and behaviors. Though every pooch will have his or her own unique way of communicating, some doggy signals are more universal than others. It is important that you recognize typical dog expressions and behaviors, as well as your pup’s unique indicators, so that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy a more fulfilling, two-way relationship.

Dogs Communicate Through Sounds

Like humans, dogs are verbal creatures. Though they cannot form syllables, much less whole words, they can emit sounds at a variety of frequencies and that communicate various emotions and feelings. The most common types of sounds you may hear from your pooch include the following:

Dogs Communicate Through Body Language

In addition to making sounds, your furry friend may also try to communicate with you via body language. In fact, body language, when combined with one of the aforementioned five sounds, can yield some of the most accurate representations of what your pup is trying to say. Below are common dog behaviors that can likely tell you more about what your dog is thinking than any vocalization:

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