How Dogs Communicate with Their Ears
Spared from the gift of voice, dogs communicate primarily with their body, and their ears are mobile parts that can be quite effective in communicating emotions. Unlike human ears, which are flat and pretty insignificant often hidden under hair, a dog's ears on the contrary are quite prominent, with long visible flaps as in the beagle or erect pointy devices as seen in German shepherds. This is because ears in dogs have a dual-functionality: both as effective hearing devices and intriguing communicative means. Of course, the ears alone are only one piece of the puzzle.By looking at the whole context and the dog's accompanying body language, we may gain more information. Following are some examples of ways the ears are used in dogs to communicate emotions.