30 dog body expressions translated into English


When my Boston Terrier, Boogie, greets an unfamiliar dog, his ears are up and his neck is stiff.  When he greets a buddy, his ears go back. Boogie is constantly giving signals which let me know if he is comfortable with another dog and if he is in the right frame of mind to be social.

Like all dogs, Boogie constantly expresses his emotions through body language. Humans just need a dictionary to read the signs. Below, I’ve drawn out a a range of emotions from anxious and stressed, to happy and sociable.


 Inspiration by Turid Rugaas‘ “Calming Signals” and Brenda Aloffs “Canine Body Language”, and of course, Boogie. This poster originally appeared on boogiebt.wordpress.com. Download it for free on Flickr or purchase a poster-sized copy.


4 Responses

  1. Maggie

    July 2, 2012 11:10 am

    Great illustrations and so true it regards to body language in a dog. I can totally tell exactly what my dog is expressing.. especially when I check out her tail and her ears… Different combos have different meanings. Wonderful site! Happy wagging.


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