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All creatures have the capacity to read the thoughts and feelings of their own species, but due to the many years that dogs have been our best pals, they have acquired the ability to talk with us by mimicking human facial expressions. This is the explanation for why your doggo’s outward appearance can mean two different things, depending on whether your four-legged friend is interacting with you or another dog. So, here’s a breakdown of what your furry bestie’s adorable mug is trying to tell you.

That deep look

An ideal illustration of the difference between dog to dog versus dog to human interaction is eye-to-eye contact. Between canines, eye-to-eye connection signals an attempt to dominate and can lead to a fight if neither dog “backs down” by looking away. Between people, eye-to-eye connection is a vital part of nonverbal communication. People reward eye-to-eye connection from their dogs just as they do other people. Our smart four-legged friends have learned this, and utilize their eye contact with their human to win approval and show love.

Looking away

Looking away can tell us a lot about what our dogs are feeling. Canines lock eyes until either one breaks the look, or a battle for dominance ensues. With people, however, our furry friends are completely happy to look away. Rather than being a display of submission, in dog to human communication, it demonstrates a feeling of trust and comfort by our best pals.


If your best buddy blinks his eyes at you, he might be trying to understand what you want from him. This is most likely in the event that you’ve just issued a command. At other times blinking during eye-to-eye connection likely signifies that your dog is communicating to you that you are the pack leader. So, blinking from your bestie, in general, is a sign that all is well.

Wide-open eyes

At the point when your doggo raises one, or both eyebrows while visually connecting, it’s an indication of readiness and interest. Here’s a chance for you to draw in your little guy to play.

Avoiding eye-to-eye connection

A dog who maintains a strategic distance from eye-to-eye connection is likely experiencing some trust issues. Canines know that eye-to-eye connection with people signals trust and comfort. A pup that dodges the prized eye-to-eye connection with people is making an effort to evade any sort of communication. We see this occasionally in dogs that have been rescued from terrible circumstances. The point when these poor furbabies can at last visually connect, it’s a truly wonderful milestone in their recovery.

Tilting the head at an angle

That lovable tilted head? It’s actually what it resembles. It implies your doggo is confused or interested in what you are doing and wants to join in. Now is the time to teach them a new trick!

Head down

When your pup looks down after looking up at you, it’s a demonstration by your four-legged-friend that you are the leader of the pack. Much like blinking during eye-to-eye connection; this is an indication of a good relationship.

Flat ears

Attention! This is certainly a serious warning sign not to be ignored. When you see a dog pulling its ears tight against its head, it is a clear sign of fear and/or aggression about to be acted on. Be careful!


A dog licking his lips can be showing a longing to submit to his human. Alternatively, it could demonstrate uneasiness, depending on the circumstances. In the event that nothing tense is going on right now, think of it as a positive signal of doggie communication.

Grinning or smiling

Truly, doggos do grin—despite the fact that it doesn’t imply joy, happiness, or connection. At the point when a pup lifts up his lips to show his incisors, it’s an indication of energy. This bodes well when you consider that puppies will in general grin while out on strolls or frolicking with buddies at the dog park. A doggie-smile could likewise be an indication of accommodation, however, this is generally when they’re signaling to different canines, not people.

Nose wrinkling

When your dog pulls his lips up vertically to show his front teeth while additionally wrinkling his nose, he’s furious—particularly when he raises his ears up and gazes consistently. There’s a good chance that a growl or even a bite is coming. Watch out!

Showing all the teeth

Among people, we can all understand the difference between a grin and a grimace. The same applies to dogs. At the point when your furry friend moves his lips back evenly with the goal for you to see every one of his teeth, it demonstrates uneasiness or dread. This turns out to be considerably more evident when it’s combined with ear-straightening and is a sign of a fearful and stressed dog.

If all else fails, consider Fido’s non-verbal communication

Doggo outward appearances ought to be interpreted in context. For instance, a “grin” may demonstrate dread or hostility if the dog’s ears are level, or he’s snarling or crying. On the other hand, a grin on a loose and wiggling pup should tell you that everything is okay.

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