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How To Read Your Dog's Facial Expressions

What's that boy?

Can't tell if your dog is trying to say "I love you" or "I gotta pee?"

Any dog owner will tell you that their four-legged family members speak volumes with their bodies. Here are some typical signals dogs use:

Face: Dogs will wrinkle or straighten their foreheads to show confusion or determination.

Eyes: A dog’s eyes brighten when he looks at a creature he considers friendly. When he is afraid, his pupils dilate and he shows the whites of his eyes.

Lips, teeth and tongue: If your dog is happy or wants to play, he may pull his lips back and show his teeth in what appears to be a smile. This is a gesture that is reserved only for human/dog communication; a dog will not do this with other dogs. (how crazy is that?)

Ears: If a dog’s ears are raised, he is relaxed or listening. If they are back, he might be signaling submission.

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