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Unlock the Secrets of the Australian Shepherd’s Body Language

The Australian Shepherd is a breed of dog that is known for its intelligence and active lifestyle. Their body language can be used to understand how they are feeling and what they are trying to communicate. When an Australian shepherd is feeling relaxed and happy, they will often have a loose, wagging tail, a relaxed posture and friendly eye contact. When they are feeling threatened or uncomfortable, their tail may be tucked between their legs, their body may be tense, and they may quickly break eye contact. They may also display dominance by standing tall and straight with their ears forward. If they are feeling especially anxious or scared, they may also yawn, lick their lips, or even urinate. It is important to understand Australian Shepherd body language in order to properly care for them and ensure their wellbeing.

Facial Gestures

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Those who have an Australian Shepherd know the tender look, the big pleading eyes to ask for a little extra food, or the frown after some mischief. The gestures of your lovely furry friend warm your heart and instinctively generate in us humans the need to protect and care.

Dogs make facial expressions when they look at people, this type of behavior is an active form of communication from your pet, and not simple reactions. Australian Shepherds are sensitive animals with the attention of their owners.

Many studies indicate that the gestures of the dogs were changing as a result of domestication. These are some of the facial expressions that are repeated in the Australian Shepherd:

  • Stick out the tongue: panting is associated with temperature and thirst, but it is also an indication of stress in your pet.
    Frown: In general, it is a look that anticipates the arrival of a challenge for having committed a mischief.
  • Bright Eyes: Big eyes and outward arched brow is a clear invitation to pet him. It is said that this gesture is a mimicry of the gaze of babies.
  • The furry smile: there is a muscle between the eyelids and the ears that forms a smile when your dog opens his mouth. This last gesture does not really have an explanation within the language, but it is known indicative of enthusiasm. In addition to being extremely adorable.

Body language

Parts of the body that will help you understand what your dog wants to tell you:

  • The eyes: a dog’s eyes can say a lot about his mood. If the eyes are open and bright, the dog is happy. If the eyes are narrowed and grim looking, the dog is anxious or fearful.
  • The ears: the position of the dog’s ears is a clear sign of his mood. If the ears are upright and alert, the dog is interested. If they are drooping and crushed, the dog is anxious or fearful.
  • The tail: a dog’s tail is one of the clearest signs of his mood. If the tail is up and wagging, the dog is happy and excited. If it is between the legs or moving slowly, the dog is anxious or fearful.
  • The coat: a dog’s coat can also give clues to his mood. If the fur is on end, the dog is scared. If it is soft, the dog is relaxed.
  • The Mouth: A happy dog has its mouth open or with a slight smile, while an anxious or fearful dog has its mouth closed and its lips pursed.


Aussies perform some rituals to solicit their owners’ attention. Now we will detail some of them:

  • Food or water: smooth movements with the head pointing to a specific place, sit on the hind legs and raise the front legs, throw an object; some more skilled dogs run the bowl with their noses or drag it around to make an attention-grabbing noise.
  • Petting: Rolling on the floor, pressing its nose or face against its owner’s body, raising a paw and touching a person, gently nibbling its human’s arm, or rubbing its head against an object or piece of furniture.
  • Open the door to go play or walk: Jumping frantically, scratching the door or moving their legs uncontrollably.



The Tail

Your four-legged friend’s tail has a lot to tell you. This extension of his body conveys his mood.The function of the dog’s tail is mainly to show other animals or humans what he is feeling, it is a means that allows him to socialize. In general, the type of movement and position will show us the amount of excitement of the animal.

  • Horizontal tail: if it is in the horizontal position, extended, but without being rigid, it means that the dog is paying attention to some situation or object. If it is extended, horizontal and not completely rigid, it is transmitting attention.
  • Rigid tail: if it is in a horizontal, extended and rigid posture, it is generally an indication that it is part of getting to know another dog or animal.
  • Upright tail: manifests security.
  • Tail to the back: If its tail is raised and slightly curved to the back, the dog shows confidence.
  • Low tail: if its tail is low, but without reaching the hind legs, it means calm, in general it is the most common position of the dog’s tail.
  • Low tail near the legs: insecure position.
  • Tail between the legs: if the tail is between the hind legs, the pet is showing fear or submission.
  • Side agitated movements: These movements are a form of greeting towards humans or other dogs.
  • Movements in circles: expression of joy.
  • Remember that not every time your dog wags its tail means that it is happy, energetic movements are a demonstration of joy, and softer ones denote attention from the dog.

The Eyes

1. Blink: Dogs blink to show confidence and calm. This is a sign that the dog feels safe and comfortable in the environment.

2. Stare: If a dog stares at someone, it means that he is interested in that person. This may be a sign that he wants company or that he is on the lookout for a command.

3. Eyes Down: Dogs drop their eyes when they feel insecure or intimidated. This is a way of saying that they want to avoid a problem.

4. Look avoidance: If a dog avoids a person’s gaze, it means that he is anxious or scared. This can be a sign that the dog needs shelter or a way of communicating that he does not want to be disturbed.

5. Squints: Dogs show affection when their eyes are narrowed. This means that the dog is enjoying the interaction with the person.