If your dog paces back and forth, this can be for a number of reasons. Your dog may be bored, nervous, or excited. Like humans, they also pace around the room. If your dog is pacing around you in circles, it can be a sign that they want to play with you.
They want to know whether you are open to playing. When two dogs meet, it’s common that they will chase each other. This isn’t something threatening or something to fear, it’s just their way of playing.
Yawning Can Be a Sign Of Discomfort
While yawning can be a sign that your dog feels comfortable, it can also express something completely different. If your dog is yawning a lot in public, it’s not a sign that they’re tired and ready for their afternoon nap. It can actually express that they feel uncomfortable and anxious.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place and you notice your dog doing this, stay aware of this so that you can be there to comfort your dog and give it some love.
Pointing Its Snout
When a dog freezes up and points its snout toward something specific, this is called pointing. They might also lift one of their front paws while doing this. Dogs bred for hunting do this often, but also every dog does it at times.
Veterinarian Dr. Ellen Vindell told Vet Street, “dogs are just dogs, and there are certain behaviors that probably any dog that’s a dog can do…. You’ll see a sporting dog who circles like a herding dog, and you’ll get some herding dogs who point.”
Looking at You Before You Leave
One thing that makes owners particularly sad when they leave is the look on their dog’s face as they walk out. Oftentimes, the dog will have a calm look on its face. Dog owners, don’t be mistaken, their calmness isn’t a sign of sadness.
It shows that while they’re sad you’re leaving, they know you will be back. You have gained their trust and they are calm because they know they can count on you to return later on. Dogs are incredibly perceptive and can sense your emotions. So, leave them with a reassuring goodbye and return to a happy reunion!
Wiggling Like a Caterpillar
If you think your dog looks happy when it gets into a good wiggle, kicking its legs up in the air while wiggling around on its back, well you're right! At least, most of the time. Sometimes your dog might be excessively wiggling as if to reach an itch or another irritation.
Or sometimes, this might be their way to get your attention. Why not stop what you're doing for a few minutes and give them attention? It's important to observe their little wiggles to understand if they're seeking playtime, affection, or if there's an underlying issue causing discomfort or distress.