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This is what dogs are saying when they follow you and 14 other meanings behind what they do
Does your dog ever stare at you intensely or lean against you? They're trying to tell you something!
Ashley Brewer
06.14.21

We all know that dogs can’t talk—but that certainly doesn’t mean that they don’t communicate. In fact, dogs are extremely expressive and communicative, you just have to know what to look for!

Here are 15 common dog behaviors and what it is they’re trying to tell you.

You and your dog will be “talking” with each other in no time. Keep an eye out for these behaviors and body language cues.

1.) Butt scoot

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This one is funny until they are doing it on the carpet! If you see your dog dragging his behind across the ground, he may just have a dirty butt he is trying to clean. This could be an indication of worms or an anal gland problem so keep an eye on him.

2. Staring

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You will notice even low-maintenance dogs have a need for your attention. Here again, intense staring is not her way of being creepy. She just wants your affection.

3. Low front, mouth wide open, and wagging tail

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If this happens when you two are playing, it means he is truly having fun and enjoying himself. He is bowing to you as a thank you!

4. Open mouth with relaxed tail but high ears

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If you catch your dog like this, it means she is neutral, relaxed, and secure in her surroundings. If you are wondering when the best time to approach a strange dog is, it is when they are doing these things.

5. Leaning on you

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Leaning against you is a cry for attention. He is probably feeling neglected and wants some extra love.

6. Low growl

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If a dog is doing a low growl, she’s anxious and fearful. Any scared animal is unpredictable. Do not surprise her when her nerves are getting the best of her.

7. Side Sleepers

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Dogs don’t usually sleep on their sides for long, but it is a typical napping position for them. Dogs who do this often have strong familial bonds and a lot of trust in their “pack.” She is probably a carefree happy dog.

8. Giving gifts

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If your dog brings you a gift, whether it’s a dead animal or your shoe, they are trying to make you happy. If your reaction is “ew” but you smile, I doubt he will be offended.

9. Licking

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Some people allow their pet to lick their faces while others get grossed out if they even lick their hands. Either way, when a dog licks you he is being submissive. He is easing some of his stress and showing you love.

10. Going crazy when you get home

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“Finally, you’re here! I missed you all day!” If he could talk this is what he’d be saying or shouting rather. The wilder they get when you walk through the door the more excited to see you they are.

11. Helping himself to your bed

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Ever come home to find your dog laying in your empty bed? This is a sign she wants to feel close to you when you were not there. Your bed has your scent, and well, it is rather comfortable.

12. Staying right by your side

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Most of us find this dog habit annoying and an invasion of our personal space. You must remember your four-legged family member is innately a pack animal and desires to be close to his “pack.” That’s you!

13. Squinting or blinking of the eyes

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This means your pet wants attention and is ready to spend quality time with you. If you notice this behavior, check yourself. Have you been too busy to show her some love today? If so, make some time. It’s good for both of you!

14. Showing empathy

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Your dog knows when you are upset, and he most likely wants to comfort you. They have their own ways of doing so, but if you are upset and he is sitting near you watching you, licking you, or resting his head on you he is letting you know he is there for you. Dogs can read our body language and they don’t like it when we are upset!

15. Puppy dog eyes

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One of the most adorable things your dog does is give you those big puppy dog eyes. Though most people melt and reward this cuteness with a treat, this is your dog’s way of saying he loves and trusts you. (I’m sure he will appreciate the tasty morsel too!)

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By Ashley Brewer
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Ashley Brewer is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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