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Why dogs do that loud sigh

Feb 22, 2021

Why dogs do that loud sigh

A lot of you want to know why, if dogs always look like they’re living the carefree life, are they also the masters of the loud exhale? Here’s your answer...

You’d have to be in another room not to hear it. Or possibly another suburb. That loud sigh when dogs sit or lie down provides endless amusement (and confusion) to the not so hairy human family. So why does it happen?

Understandably most people want to know if it’s a sign of contentment or frustration. Basically a happy sigh or an exasperated groan? Well, brace yourself. It can be both.

Try to see the exhale as an exclamation point to what they’re already saying with their actions. If they’re lying down on the rug after a run in the park with their eyes starting to close then the sigh is a sign that life probably can’t get much better. Well, that is until you do the same thing tomorrow night. Please and thank you.

However, if they’re sitting obediently while you finish off the very last mouthful of your steak dinner they had dibs on, that’s a groan with frustrated feeling. The same goes for if they’re lying there listening to a stress inducing storm rolling in or even the neighbour’s dog bark. After all, that exhale is there to amplify their feelings.

A clue is often in the eyes. If they’re wide open think frustrated groan. If they’re almost closed then it’s all gravy baby. They’re sigh-zing up a contented sleep for the ages...

Tags: Animals Dogs