One of the best things of owning a dog is definitely having a friend willing to listen to you, no matter how silly things you say are, your friendly dog is there for you. But do you listen to him? Because dogs definitely talk to you in the way they are able to. So, can you speak his language?

Dogs bark once when they want to call someone out, and bark multiple times rapidly to let their group know that something threatening or interesting is going on. A high-pitched barking can be a sign of either frustration or playfulness. Dogs also growl to show disgust and whine to beg. If the sound starts low and ends high it means the dog wants something, but if it starts high and ends low it means he’s complaining about something that makes him unhappy.

But our pet doesn’t have to make a sound to let us know how he’s feeling. Something every dog owner knows is that when a dog is very excited to see someone he wags his tail frenetically (In addition to jumping up and down). Dog owners also know that a tail that tucked, curled, or hanging unusually low indicates that the dog is feeling scared or in pain. However, wagging his tail doesn’t always equal happiness. That tail wagging humans interpret as a sign of excitement could actually mean fear or readiness to fight.

The rapid tail wags are indeed the classical signs of joy and desire to interact playfully, but slow, short wags indicate confusion but, also, interest. If a dog only wags the tip of his tail he may be afraid of you and is ready to defend himself if he has to. When it’s your dog the one doing that, it’s means he’s about to chase something or start a fight. Two dogs interacting that show such kind of tail wagging are uncomfortable with one another. If the dog is wagging his tail fast and up it means he’s confident and prepared for a fight. The tail extended straight out also means the dog is prepared to attack, while a tail straight up simply means alertness and interest.

The mouth of your dog also speaks volumes of his mood, even when he’s not barking. The way he positions his teeth, lips and jaws can tell you what you need to know. If your dog is content and relaxed, he’ll probably have his mouth closed or slightly opened.

People assume, sometimes wrongly, that a dog is being aggressive if he exposes his teeth. But the dog might actually be “smiling” to communicate the opposite. If a dog is feeling very submissive, he’ll show his front teeth by pulling up his lips vertically. Such smile goes together with a lowered head, whining and squinty eyes.

On the other hand, a dog with aggressive intent will display his teeth by retracting his lips, while wrinkling the top of his muzzle. That’s a dog that’s telling you to back off!