The meaning of the dog’s ear movements: why does my dog pull back his ears?

The communication tools of dogs include not only their vocalizations, postures or tail movements, but also the position of their ears.

The position and movement of the ears can tell you a lot about your dog's feelings and mood.

Now let's see what it could mean if your dog pulls his ears back!

  1. Insecurity, anxiety or fear

Retracted ears often indicate that your dog is insecure, anxious or fearful.

If you are in an unfamiliar place or if you encounter a larger and more aggressive dog, your dog is likely to pull back his ears. In this case, it is a good idea to provide your dog with adequate distance and security.

  1. Submissiveness or submission

Retracted ears can also indicate that your dog is submissive to someone or something. This often happens when he is showing submission to another dog or person, for example when we arrive home and he greets us.

  1. Attention or concentration

It is not always a negative emotion to pull back the ears! Sometimes it is a sign that the dog is very distracted, for example when watching a bird in the garden or concentrating on a toy.

  1. Pain or discomfort

If your dog is pulling his ears back throughout the day and is also showing signs of other ailments, such as loss of appetite, lethargy or scratching his ears and shaking his head, he is probably in pain.

This is when you should visit your local vet to rule out possible ear infections or other health problems.

As you can see, the movement of your dog's ears can tell you a lot about how your dog is feeling!

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It's always important to pay attention to these signs to better understand them and to spot early if something is wrong.

Our goal is to be the best owners of dogs, and understanding ears is a very important part of this task.