Dogs Body Language: A Beginners Guide to Dogs Body Language

Dogs Body Language: A Beginners Guide to Dogs Body Language


Pet lovers are amazing ;)(pun intended). Quite often we find dogs to listen and communicate better with us than most of the humans. 

But the reality is that the dogs don't speak our language and hence we fail to understand the signals they try to send us to communicate.

Therefore, we have created an animated breakdown for all the paw lovers having trouble understanding their dogs body language. 


1.) Calm Cucumber

calm dog

When your paw pal has it's head held high with ears positioned up and the tail is down(not between the legs) just know that your dog is relaxing to the fullest, enjoying its life. But when your dog is happy, it will be wagging the tail all over the place. 

But when your dog is happy, it will be wagging the tail all over the place with mouth slightly open and tongue hanging out.


2.)  Alert Pup

alert dog

PUP ALERT! Yes, if your dog's ears go up and forward it is in its full alert mode trying to track sound and the tail is held outright but not bristled. 

The dog will have its eyes wide open and mouth shut. Basically, dogs try focussing to determine whatever caught their attention is a friend or a foe.


3.) Playful Pup

playful pup

Furrowed brows, head cocked to the side and big, bright eyes- dog are the cutest when happy and playful.

Mouth open, paws go front and the cute little doggie butt goes in the air behind! Go play with them!!


4.) Worried Pup

worried dog

We go through this feeling quite often when our body feels tense due to anxiety. Well, it's the same deal for dogs as well. How to spot an anxious pup? Dogs 

How to spot an anxious pup? Dogs partially hold their ears back and tail low and tucked. The biggest clue an anxious dog show is when they give the 'Whale look'. They turn away their gaze to show the white of their eyes.


5.) Dominant Dog

dominant dogs

Confident dogs are considered dominant dogs. Whenever a dog tries to shows their dominance, they'll keep a direct eye contact, nudge or mount with authority. 

It is very important to watch this body language as a dominant dog can interpret dominant behavior from other dogs or humans as a threat.


Follow these signs and know what your dog is trying to tell you. If you have more body language suggestions then please do share them in the comments below for everyone to see.  Don't forget to share, thank you!

Dr. Satish Yadav

(Director) Pet Care Hospital, graduated from Rajasthan University Of Veterinary And Animal Sciences (RAJUVAS) in 2011, has over 6 years of experience as a Veterinary Practitioner. He is also a Consultant Veterinarian at South Asian University.

  • Shanti

    Sooo cute and informative. Loving this website. Surely one of the best website for dogs and cats in India!

  • John

    Hahaha this a great way to make us all dog lovers learn the pup language.

  • Resham Singh

    These are soo cute. Wonderful!

  • Trishla

    Good read Dr. Satish. Do you also have a hospital in mumbai?

  • Kakoli Mukherjee Ghosh

    Happy to know about dogs body language.Very informative.


    That piece was a wake-up call for me. I mean I’ve reviewed that like million times but
    this time is different somehow. Thanks for posting this this

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