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Decode the Language of Animal Behavior.

The Fascinating World of Animal Communication

The Beauty of Animal Behavior

When it comes to understanding animals, have you ever felt that humans are not even close? Well, it’s because animals convey their emotions and thoughts through body language, calls, and other signals that we humans might have overlooked or rarely comprehended. Just like we, humans, have a language to communicate, wildlife has a way to communicate as well. Animals express fear, aggression, affection, hunger, and territoriality, and it all reflects in the simple movements of their body parts like tails, ears, and eyes.

The Complexity Of Animal Language

The language of an animal goes beyond the obvious – a wagging tail does not always indicate happiness, nor does a purring cat signify they are enjoying your company. To decode the animals effectively, we must learn to think from their perspective, learn the ‘not so obvious’ signs and signals they’re trying to convey. Every species of an animal has its unique set of codes it uses to communicate with their kind or humans. Hence, one must understand the hierarchy and the social behaviors of various species along with human and psychological interpretations of signals such as body posture, ears, tail movements, and vocal tonality.

The Art Of Decoding Animals

Understanding the animal language can be challenging, but as they say, ‘if you’re going to watch a movie with subtitles and not read them, may as well watch it in its foreign-regional format.’ Similarly, knowing the signals and codes that our animal friends use to communicate enriches our connection with them. So how can one decode the codes of animal languages? We can break down the most common signals given by animals:

– Body posture: It expresses different moods in animals. For instance – A dog bowed down with front legs ahead shows signs of interest and friendly behavior. Similarly, a pooch standing erect with tail action often means he is alert or cautious.

– Cry or sound: Whimpers, growls, hisses are different tones of voice that animals use to communicate many things; it could mean happiness, pain, greeting, warning, etc.

– Interaction between other body parts: As we mentioned earlier, different Body parts with movements like ears or tail specifics of what’s happening in the animal’s mind. An excited dog will most likely wag its tail with mouth opening and excited shadows on the body. Meanwhile, a cat with a straight tail, erected fur is most likely agitated or scared.


In brief, by just identifying a few common expressions, one could be well on their way into better communication with their animal friends. Deciphering codes can be an exciting and rich-learning experience that English lessons can’t match. Luckily with the internet, immense resources can teach the most unique body language codes from dogs to octopi. How often do we want our pets to say and think things out loud, this time instead decoding it a fulfilling acting. Regardless of how proficient you think you were in gauging an animal’s emotions, it’s essential to remember each pet has a unique set of quirks, goofs, and love languages, often too little to understand easily, yet something that makes them all the more special!

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