What Your Dog’s Behaviors Should Tell You

Updated - 25/06/2023

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Raising their paws

When your dog raises its paw, it's a sign they want to play or need something. Puppies do this to get attention and affection from their mother, and they continue the behavior with you.

Getting all curled up

When your dog curls up like a fox, it's likely feeling cold. This position helps retain body heat. Cover them with a blanket to keep them warm.

Energy boosting

Most dogs dislike baths. If your dog runs around after a bath, it's likely because they don't enjoy being wet and are trying to dry off quickly.

Standing on hind legs

When dogs stand on hind legs, it can indicate affection or playfulness. They may want to hug you or engage in play with other dogs. As long as they're not aggressive, it's a positive behavior.

Chewing your furniture

Puppies chew during teething, while older dogs may chew from lack of physical activity. Take them for a walk or provide exercise to help.

Their way of barking

Dogs bark for various reasons: danger, pain, or wanting to play. Pay attention to understand their needs and respond accordingly.

Keeps bringing toys

When your dog brings you toys, it's a sign of respect, trust, and love. Appreciate their gesture and avoid hurting their feelings by not discarding the toy.

When they yawn

A dog's yawn indicates they feel safe and secure. Multiple yawns can signify relaxation or stress. Yawning before a walk may show fatigue or excitement. Yawning at the vet's office can indicate nervousness.

Like Caterpillars

Dogs wiggle on their back for various reasons: itching, seeking attention, or wanting love and affection. Give them what they need.

Before you leave

Leaving your dog alone can make them sad, but they trust you'll return. Don't worry too much.

Back and forth pacing

Dog pacing indicates nervousness, boredom, or excitement. They may want to play. Observe their behavior for clues.