It’s common for dog owners to refer to themselves as their pets’ parents, and there’s a kind of logic to that. When you do this, you’re telling people that you love and care for your dog as you would your own children.
But a lot of parents could tell you there’s another element to this too. Much like with kids, you can love your pets and not understand them at the same time. But while parents might be confused about whatever hip new phrase their kid keeps spouting, they have the luxury of otherwise speaking the same language.
Not so with pet owners. So until someone finally invents a dog-to-human translator, you’re going to have to learn to read your dog’s body language.
With that in mind, here are 12 common behaviors dogs will show around their owners and what they could mean.