What Your Dog's Behavior Tells You

A relaxed, loose tail wag usually indicates happiness and friendliness. A stiff or low tail may signal fear or anxiety.

Tail wagging

A relaxed and loose body posture signifies comfort and contentment. Tensed or hunched posture may indicate stress or discomfort.

Body posture

Direct eye contact with soft, relaxed eyes generally reflects trust and affection. Avoiding eye contact or staring intensely can signal fear or aggression.

Eye contact

Vocalizations express emotions. Whining and whimpering suggest pain, whereas growling and barking show vigilance, fear, or territoriality.


Observing your dog's activity and demeanor is crucial. Excessive restlessness, hiding, or lethargy may suggest a problem.

Overall demeanor

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