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Just for Kids: How Your Dog Communicates

Do you ever wish your dog could talk to you? Wouldn't you like to know what he's thinking sometimes? Well, your dog "talks" to you all the time. If you pay attention, you may be able to "hear" him. Although he may not speak, your dog communicates in different ways. He does it mostly through barking, wagging his tail, and the position of his body.

These are some of the things your dog can let you know:

One thing for sure is that he's grinning. His bark is high pitched and his tail is wagging. He looks really happy to see you.

Your dog can look really sad. He lies down and puts his sad face between his paws. Sometimes he looks at you with big sad eyes. If he's really sad, he may whine. Then you need to give him some attention fast.

If you notice anything different about your dog, tell your parents. He may need to see the veterinarian.