Understanding the Secret Language of Dogs: Evaluating a dog’s ears

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The size and shape of a dog’s ears will determine how well he can use them to communicate.

By Laura Pakis, Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Blogger,

Relaxed and happy

When your dog is content and comfortable, he’ll hold his ears naturally.  He may raise them higher on his head and cock his head while directing them toward whatever’s holding his interest.

Frightened or submissive

If your dog has his ears pulled back slightly, he’s signalling his intention to be friendly. If his ears are completely flattened or stuck out to the sides of his head, he’s signalling that he’s frightened or feeling submissive.

Aggressive or threatened

A self-confident, aggressive dog will have his ears erect and tilted forward.  If it is not self-confident the expression of the dog’s face will show aggression and submission at the same time and his learns will be flattened.

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