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The Unique Dog Language Many Owners Ignore

Most people think this pair of features has a practical purpose, but rather, this study shows they are a source of canine body language that can reveal how a dog is feeling. Yet most owners don't know where to begin to understand all the signs. Here's a quick cheat sheet to help get you in tune.

dog ear signals


  • Dogs communicate with the world in a number of ways, one of which is through ear positions
  • Canine ears come in many different shapes and sizes, and they’re used for more than just a keen sense of hearing; the muscles in the ears allow dogs to tilt, turn, raise, and lower their ears, and move them independently
  • Understanding your dog’s ear language takes a bit of practice, and should also involve observing his eyes, mouth, tail, and vocalizations
  • Even during the quiet of overnight hours, the world is noisy to your dog, because he hears sounds you don’t even realize exist
  • A dog who suddenly begins holding her ears in an unusual way, or is scratching or digging at one or both ears, should be checked for a possible ear infection

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