If Dogs Could Talk: These Are The Things They Would Say

Ever wondered what it would be like if your dog could talk? Though we know that’s not possible, and you can definitely learn what your dog’s saying through its body language!

Dogs tend to communicate verbally through barking, growling, whining, and sometimes even howling. However, most of the time, dogs depend on nonverbal cues to communicate with their owners. Here are some common behaviors and what they mean, so you can better understand your fur kid and deepen your special bond!

Tail Wagging

A wagging tail might cause you to think that your dog is excited or happy, but that's not always the case. In fact, most pet owners misinterpret this. Dogs wag their tails when they are emotionally stimulated, signifying excitement and frustration or exasperation. To decipher what your dog is feeling, you can look at the speed and direction of the tail wagging, as well as the position of its tail.


The faster your pup swings its tail, the more emotionally aroused it is. When your dog wags its tail with a slow, side-to-side motion to greet you, this indicates a relaxed and calm demeanor. On the other hand, a quick twitch-like tail wagging is likely to indicate anxiety, frustration, or a dog on guard.


Did you know that even a tail wag’s direction could mean drastically different emotions? Tails tend to swing right when your dog is in high spirits and likewise swing to the left in the presence of negative feelings. Another sign of a happy pup is when its tail wags in a circular motion!


The position of your dog’s tail speaks a thousand words too! The higher its tail is lifted, the more assertive and confident your dog is. Contrastingly, tails that are lowered or tucked between legs indicate fear and stress. When your dog carries a limp tail in a neutral position, it is most likely relaxed and at ease.

Facial Expressions

Like humans, dogs have many facial expressions, but they don’t particularly use them the same way. For example, yawning may signal stress as canines tend to use it to put themselves at ease.

Licking of lips is another one commonly misinterpreted. More often than not, pet owners think that dogs lick their lips as a habit or because they are hungry. However, the truth is, your dog is trying to signal its anxiety and discomfort in a given situation 

Last but not least, when your dog bares its teeth fully and lets out a menacing growl, this is probably a warning sign that you should not ignore.


A dog’s eyes are where you can note some of the most important nonverbal cues. Soft eyes and open lids show that the dog is calm or happy. However, hard eyes where the dog gazes coldly indicate a negative state of mind. It might happen when it is guarding its toy or viewing another dog as a threat.  

If your dog maintains eye contact with you, it shows that your dog is confident around you. On the contrary, when dogs feel stressed, they tend to look away and avoid making eye contact.

Another cue you might have noticed in your dog is the “whale eye”, which happens when the eye is slightly rolled to a corner, exposing the whites of the eye. This is a sign of anxiety, stress or discomfort, which could be present in situations where a stranger is patting your dog and more.

Unpacking Dogs’ Body Language

There can be many verbal and nonverbal cues occurring simultaneously. Therefore, look at your dog's overall body language and consider what it is saying. From its tail to eyes, your dog is continually trying to “talk” to you, and if you can respond to these nuances, you will be able to form a stronger bond with your furbaby and make it feel comfortable.

If you’re worried that you can’t observe your fur kid while you’re away from home, consider getting the Petkix 360° Camera, which will allow you to read your dog’s body language anytime, anywhere through the activity alert. This amazing device also enables you to easily toss a treat to your dog whenever you sense that it is feeling sad, stressed, or in need of a snack!

What is your experience with your dogs?

How has your dog misbehaved lately, and how do you plan to solve the issue? Feel free to share with us in the comments below, we’re excited to hear your story. 

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