To consider what’s your dog trying to tell you, you’ll have to get to the basics, beginning with what is barking. Is it a form of communication among dogs or are dogs just making some funny noises? Experts believe that dogs communicate among themselves using gestures, scents, body postures, and facial expressions, much more than they do through their voices. So what does that say about a dog that barks at night? Most experts agree that such dogs are trying to announce their presence to other dogs, or at the very least, just working off some excess energy.
That said, it is the consensus that a dog who deliberately barks at his owner is just trying to attract attention. From there, it is up to the owner to try to understand the overall behavior of the dog, not just the sound or pitch of the barking sound made. Hunting dogs that howl are just an instinctive cry from one dog to others in a pack that another is on a trail. However, a dog that barks in response to a strange noise is issuing a warning and often a display of a threat.
What’s Your Dog Trying to Tell You?
A howling dog may be crying out to nearby dogs because he is lonely. Alternatively, a wild dog will never bark and will only howl. However, that brings lots of people to question whether domesticated dogs who bark are trying to communicate, much like their human family. Let’s see if there’s any truth to that. In a home environment with humans, domesticated dogs build close relationships with their families. They have a vocabulary to work with, and it’s obvious that dogs make an effort to try to communicate with them.
Asserting his importance is easy for a dog simply by trying to make himself look more frightening, stretching out to look bigger and taller while holding his head defiantly high. A submissive dog does the opposite, as he will crouch down and carry his tail between his legs, while his ears are laid flat.
Learn Dog Body Language
The aggressive dog will stand tall and his tail raised. A dog who wants to play displays a different body language with a different posture. In this case, his forehead will be crouched, his tail will wag, his eyes will be bright and wide, and he may yap a little bit. On the other hand, a dog who stands staring, with his tail trembling and high is likely to be a hostile one. Through body language, one can also see if the dog is feeling ill or tired, or possibly suffering from inferiority just by looking at his tail that hangs low.
When a dog gives his paw, it can have two meanings. The first is one way for dogs to ask for forgiveness from his owner. This is done as he avoids any eye contact. The second has to do with wanting attention, much like saying, please don’t forget me. However, when one dog gives his paw to another, this is a clear sign of submissive behavior. In this case, the dog offering his palm is showing submission to the other dog.
Look at the Signs
Therefore, by understanding the way a dog feels isn’t as difficult as one may think. It is just a matter of paying attention to his body language. Keep in mind the dogs have straightforward messages, and they don’t ask as much from us as we do of them. His needs are basic, and when he depends on you, he communicates his hunger, his thirst, or his need to eliminate. He may also be trying to get your attention because he thinks something may be wrong and is seeking to get you to see what he sees. One other thing he may be trying to communicate to his owners is his emotion that he’s missed you through his gurgle of barks.