How Do Dogs Try To Communicate

Different barks communicate needs, warnings, attention-seeking, greetings and more.


Growls indicate dominance, possession, discomfort, warning and defense.


Facial expressions, poses, tail height/wags and ear position convey emotional state.

Body Language  

Physical affection communicates bonding while nibbling or pawing shows interest.

Physical Contact

Urine marking on walks leaves olfactory signals and messages for other dogs.

Scent Marking  

Whines and howls express needs like hunger, discomfort, anxiety or social isolation.

Whining or Howling

Out of character behaviors may reflect illness, confusion or changes in the environment. 

 Changes in Behavior  

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