Your dog can tell you a lot about how they’re feeling even though you don’t speak the same language. If you can understand your dog’s body language, you might be able to figure out what they need and know how to respond. At The Insurance Emporium, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to bond with your pet. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide to help you decipher your dog!


Dogs can express many things with their eyes. Wide and staring eyes could indicate anxiety or fear, and the same could apply if your dog narrows their eyes and tries to avoid eye contact. Sometimes, narrow eyes can be part of an expression of aggression. On the other hand, soft eyes can signal happiness, relief or a neutral feeling.


Another facial feature that can tell you a lot is the mouth. A happy dog might have their mouth open, with their tongue hanging out. Yet, a wrinkled muzzle with teeth and gums showing is a sign of anger. Dogs might keep their mouths closed while they are relaxed, focussed or anxious. Meanwhile, a yawn could in fact be a reaction to stress.


Looking at your dog’s ears could also reveal how they’re feeling. If they’re pricked up then your dog might be alert or curious about something new. When their ears are flattened against their head, this suggests that they’re feeling threatened. Sometimes, dogs also pull their ears back slightly to express discontent.


Look at your dog’s pose to read their emotions. When they roll over and show you their belly, it means they’ve submitted to you. Your dog’s body might be tense if they’re frustrated, cowering if they’re afraid, or visibly relaxed when they’re calm. If they have a paw raised, it could be because they’re unsure of a situation. They also might put their paw in your lap to get attention.


Your dog’s tail could certainly tell a tale of how they’re feeling! Generally, a wagging tail is associated with happiness. However, they could also wag their tail low and cautiously when they are feeling anxious. They might tuck their tail between their hind legs if they are very afraid of something.

Your dog can tell you a lot purely from their body language. It can also give you some indication if something is wrong. For these times, pet insurance could help you out. The Insurance Emporium’s Dog Insurance might cover Vet’s Fees up to £8,000*. New customers could also get up to 30% discount^. If you think this could be useful, contact The Insurance Emporium today!

*Vet’s Fees up to £8,000 only available on Lunar Monthly Lifetime Gold Policies.

^The 30% discount is available on lunar and calendar monthly policies and policies where the premium is paid annually. It is made up of 20% Introductory Discount plus 10% Multi-pet Discount (if applicable). The Introductory Discount is available for the first 12 premium payments on lunar and calendar monthly policies or one premium payment on annual policies.

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