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Top 10 Ways Dogs Communicate With You

by | Apr 25, 2023 | Knowledge Center, Social Dog

Dogs use body language, vocalizations, touch, scent, food, play, training, grooming, eye contact, and avoidance to communicate with humans. Understanding these different forms of communication can help you to build a stronger relationship with your dog and to create a more harmonious home environment. It is important to remember that dogs are individuals, and their communication styles may vary. Be patient and observant, and you will learn to understand your dog’s unique way of communicating.

It is important to learn to recognize the different ways that dogs communicate so that you can understand what they are trying to say. This will help you to build a stronger relationship with your dog and to create a more harmonious home environment.

Body language

Dogs use a variety of body language cues to communicate their emotions and intentions, such as:

  • Tail position and movement
  • Ear position
  • Eye contact
  • Facial expressions
  • Body posture
  • Touching
Dog Body Language


Dogs make a variety of sounds to communicate, such as:

  • Barking
  • Whining
  • Growling
  • Yelping
  • Howling
Dog Language Growling


Dogs use touch to communicate affection, submission, and dominance. They may lick, paw, or bump their heads against you.

Dog Language Touch


Dogs have a very strong sense of smell, and they use it to communicate with each other and with humans. They may mark their territory with urine or feces, or they may rub their bodies against you to leave their scent.

Dog language Smell


Dogs are motivated by food, and they may use it to communicate with you. They may beg for food, or they may bring you a toy or object in exchange for a treat.

Dog Language Food


Play is a way for dogs to socialize, learn, and communicate. They may chase each other, wrestle, or tug-of-war.

Dog Language Playing Tug Of war


Dogs can be trained to respond to a variety of commands, such as sit, stay, come, and down. This is a form of communication that allows you to control your dog’s behavior.

Dog Training Language


Dogs groom each other as a way of bonding and showing affection. They may lick, nibble, or rub against you.

Dog Groom Language

Eye contact

Dogs make eye contact with each other and with humans as a way of communicating. Direct eye contact can be a sign of aggression, but it can also be a sign of submission or trust.

Dog Eye Contact


Dogs may avoid eye contact, touch, or other forms of communication as a way of showing fear, submission, or aggression.

Dog Language Avoidance

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