Understanding Your Dog’s Emotions: 7 Simple Keys

Dogs can communicate with humans in many ways. They make it clear when they are happy, and they also let us know if something is wrong by showing fear or anger. But what about when a dog doesn’t feel like speaking? Can we read their emotions just by looking at them? In this blog post, I will tell you the 5 keys to understanding your dog’s emotions so that you can better care for him!

7 Key Dog Emotions and How to Identify Them

Here are 7 simple keys that will help you to find out about the dog’s emotion easily.


When your pup is excited, they can’t help but dance and wag their tail. Do you know what dog’s ears do when they’re happy? They perk up! This means that the muscles in their ear cartilage are relaxed so it doesn’t hurt them to tug on them as much anymore. When a pup sees its owner coming home after time away from him or her, this often leads to an outpouring of love because there will be plenty of playtime together now!

When dogs have been separated for extended periods of time (like owners who work long hours), something happens with how their bodies react: The tension leaves and becomes calm; the eyes look brighter; even if outside at night, they may see better since more light.


If you want to know if your dog is alert, look at their eyes. If they’re open and bright, your pup may be on high-alert. Plus! When a canine has their ears forward it can show that there’s something out of the ordinary going on in his or her environment; maybe he or she wants to listen more closely for whatever sound caused them to stir from slumber?


Your dog will generally have one ear up with an eye still half closed while sleeping. But when pups are fully awake, both ears should be pointed forwards with all points perked up like antennae trying to suss out what might transpire next.


One of the key traits in recognizing an anxious pup is avoiding eye contact. Sweaty footprints and a raised paw can also be signs that they are not feeling comfortable, along with flattened ears to block out all sounds around them.


Even though your pup may not show it, they still feel scared sometimes. Some dogs might growl or bark really loudly when put in a scary situation like someone’s approaching them quickly and/or while holding food out for the dog to take if he just knows how to roll on his back before being petted by other people with muddy hands so that their fur is nice and clean! It’s important owners know these signs because it means there are ways of calming down their pets without having any harsh reactions from others around them during those times of need.


Dogs are a curious creature that likes nothing more than to meet new people. However, they can often feel vulnerable and nervous around meeting said person for the first time. This may be shown by them rolling on their backs or wanting their belly rubbed less than usual because it is not as familiar of an act being done with them in this state of vulnerability and fear


Your dog’s teeth can tell you a lot about their mood, such as if they’re feeling angry. When your pup is mad, the mouth opens up to let out a growl and bared teeth! They may also have stiff body language or be in an aggressive position ready for attack.


When your pup is relieved, they’ll look a little more relaxed and their head will return to its normal position. You can tell if it’s relieving because of the warm feeling that comes over them – like when you’re sitting by the fireplace on a cold day!


When it comes to looking into your dog’s emotions, the understanding tone is the most important thing. Tone can tell you how a person or animal feels about themselves and how they feel about their surroundings. It’s also an indication of what the future might hold for them! So when trying to understand your pup better, pay attention not just to words but also tones. You may find that deciphering between anger and fear isn’t as difficult as you thought!