Do You Know Dog Language?

Have you ever wished you could speak in your dog’s language? Or maybe you have imagined what fun it would be if your dog could talk to you in your language! Most of us have wished for this to happen.

But your dog does have a special language that you can learn to understand. You will need to spend a lot of time with your pet and pay very close attention to every expression and movement he makes. After a while you will begin to see a pattern in his mannerisms and responses to you.

Dogs use language to express

Mister Spunky

Your pet is learning too. He may figure out that if he just sits by the door, you will let him out. Some people even hang a bell on the doorknob for their dog to hit when he needs to go outside.

It is important that you know a few signs that a strange dog may show you, so that you are safe and know when to leave a dog alone.

  • If the dog has his mouth closed it can mean that he is worried and it would be best to stay away.
  • If his tail is down and still, it means he is scared and you should not approach him.
  • Wrinkled eyebrows also are a sign that the strange dog is anxious and it would be smart to stay away.
  • On the other hand, a dog with a wagging tail and mouth hanging open is usually a friendly and happy dog.
  • If his mouth is open and his tongue is hanging out, he is “smiling” at you and wants to play.
  • A dog that yawns is confused and worried. He is trying to figure out what to do and it is a good sign to be still or step away.
  • If your dog or a strange dog is getting too rough while you play, you can stop and act like a tree and he will get bored and leave you alone. Keep your arms to your sides and look down at your feet, being perfectly still.
Dogs use language to express themselves

Is this a happy dog?

Dogs learn to obey commands in whatever language their owner uses with them. But most of the dog breeds you know actually came from different countries all over the world.

Dog Breeds and their Countries of Origin:

  • Bloodhound – Belgium
  • Newfoundland – Canada
  • Shih Tzu and Shar Pei – China
  • Dalmatian – Croatia
  • Greyhound – Egypt
  • French Bulldog – France
  • German Shepherd and Boxer – Germany
  • Beagle, Collie, Springer Spaniel and Labrador Retriever – Great Britain
  • Irish Setter – Ireland
  • Chihuahua – Mexico
  • Siberian Husky – Siberia
  • Saint Bernard – Switzerland
  • American Cocker Spaniel, Boston Terrier and Pit-Bull – USA

No matter where your dog originally came from, his or her favorite voice and language is yours. Keep talking to your pet; it is good for both of you! Do you talk to your pet?  Do they listen? What do you tell your pet? 

Real Dogs Don't Whisper


Contributing Authors

Susie Klein

Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel.

Susie Klein

Kelly Preston

Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper, a book in which she talks about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught – how she has learned and grown from them and they have learned and grown from her. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.

Kelly Preston and Mr MaGoo authors of Real Dogs Don't Whisper
Kelly and Mr MaGoo
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