Signals Dogs Send To Their Owners, Explained

Do you know what your dog is trying to tell you? Dogs have been our closest animal companions for thousands of years, as hunters, protectors, and friends. But their behaviors are still sometimes shrouded in mystery, and myths about dogs continue to abound. However, decoding dog signals is one way of figuring out their messages.

The origins of dogs are hard to pin down. Ancestors of the modern dog are believed to have split from wolves around 30,000 years ago. They initially scavenged with humans, before becoming domesticated during the Neolithic era (10,200-2,000 BCE). At that point, humans had already moved from hunter/gathering to agriculture, with dogs by their sides. During a 1978 archaeological dig in Israel, scientists found the 12,000-year-old fossilized bones of a man and puppy buried together, further cementing the long-term bond between humans and canines.

Even with all that time in the company of our furry friends, researchers continue to unlock the animals' fascinating secrets. Do you know why your dog tilts his head when you talk or spins in circles before he lays down to sleep? Have you always wondered why he gets a sudden burst of energy and zips around the room after eating or bathing? Look no further – we’ve got the 411 on your best pal here!