Animal Behavior Essentials: What You Need To Know

Animals use non-verbal cues to pass information. Additionally, how you decipher these cues is  essential on how you relate with your pet.  

Animals tend to react variously when hungry, angry or when in pain. However, these behaviours  may seem okay to an untrained eye although they convey lots of information in them. 

Ever seen your pet wagging the tail, smiling at you or even mounting on every object around? In this  article, you will learn of various animal behaviours and what you need to know.

Positioning Of the Tail  

A wagging tail signifies excitement. Also, a wagging tail, implies that the dog is brave and ready to  attack.

Tucking In the Tail  

An animal may tuck in the tail if in pain or fear.

Eye Position  

A direct stare could imply that the animal is angry and it’s ready to charge. Also, staring has a  meaning that the animal adores and respects you. 

However, watery eyes signify that your animal requires immediate attention. 


Animals like dogs cool their bodies by panting. However, panting can also be a sign of dehydration.  More so, a happy animal could be panting out of excitement.


For example, if your cat circles you, it shows the animal acknowledges your presence and your  authority. However, be cautious of a dog circling you in an attempt to exert its dominance on you. 

Also, a diseased ear may cause a loss of balance that leads to excessive circling. 


A groaning animal is mostly angry and ready to attack, approach such animals with caution. Also, an animal could be groaning out of pain and thus need your immediate attention.

Excessive mounting  

An animal may mount you or any static object. Besides being on heat, an animal like a dog might try  mounting on you to exert dominance. 

Head Banging  

Headbanging can be a signal of head injury. Consequently, you need to call your vet for review. 

You see the knowledge of your animal behaviour is essential as it could be a matter between life and  death.

Excessive Lip Licking  

Like we humans, animals lick theirs after taking a delicious meal. Additionally licking of lips can be a  signal of an injury on the lips. 

Bad Oral Breath (halitosis

Dogs naturally emit a bad breath, but a prolonged foul smell from your dog's mouth should concern  you. 

Bad breath should make you concerned about your pet's oral health. Thus, you can contact your vet for medical attention. However, not all foul breath should concern you since the stomach emits foul  gases after digestion. 


Understanding your animal is vital in many ways. First, you can correct any unbecoming behaviors  before they are full-blown, Secondly, these behaviors act as channels of which we can communicate with our animals and so help us make their life happier and comfortable.