Surprising Facts About What Different Dog Behaviors Actually Mean

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While dogs are not as mysterious as their feline counterparts, you still wish you could have a doggie translator to familiarize you with your ball of fur better. There is an inherent implication to every little behavioral changes that you furry little friend exhibits. However it is not always that we are able to interpret what’s really on our dog’s mind. To make it a tad easier for you to have a fulfilling conversation with your dog, we have compiled a list of common dog behaviors and their translations.

Licking You

While you might not always appreciate your canine covering you in slobbery kisses, it is their way of showing their affection for you. In addition to this, some studies indicate that licking is a dog’s way of sensing his surroundings as well- akin to touching or reaching out to something.

Cocking their head

One of the cutest and most adorable behaviors of our four legged friends is when they respond to a high pitched sound such as a whistle by tilting their head to one side. Behaviorists believe that it is an act that implies that your doggie is trying to make sense of what they have just heard-like trying to pick out words such as ‘fetch’ or ‘walk’.

Curling Ears in different positions

According to experts, dogs typically position their ears in different directions according to their current mood. For instance, while poker straight ears pointing upwards might imply that your dog is alert; if he pulls them back he might be showing his aggression towards a stranger. Also your doggie’s ears pinned downwards might imply that he is scared or stressed.

Puppy Dog Eyes

Believe it or not but your cute little ball of fur is smarter than you think! They know how to get things done and hence the puppy dog eyes. Researchers believe that your dog’s puppy like stare typically implies that he is looking for some affection, or maybe a treat or even a walk. In some cases however, dogs find direct eye contact threatening and before you gaze at them in return, look for any signs of aggression or fear.

Walking in circles before lying down

As mindless as it might seem, your dog has probably inherited this habit form his ancestors- the wolf like hounds that used to dwell in the wilderness and walked around their resting spot for leveling the leaves and other debris and creating a comfortable nest.

Raising a dog is more like raising a child. Since like little children, your four legged buddy cannot express his emotions in words, it always helps to get familiarized with their non verbal gestures and respond accordingly.

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