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Unread 12-06-2007, 05:31 PM   #1
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What does it mean when a dog sighs, Winston always sign when his chewing his fav toy and when we fuss him under his chin and on his belly. Does it mean he is fed up like when we do it?

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I don't know, but mine do that too! But greyhounds are naturally lazy so maybe its just mines' breed.
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No Brita my Bulldog now gone used to sit down and give a long sigh, just their way of letting it out. They breath so differently than other breeds it is often hard in hot weather for them to do so at all. She stayed in air most of summer, quick walk or run and back in. She sighed alot just on her own, just a way of relief I feel. Knowing her as well as I did for near 11 years she was very happy, loved to play, just nothing to it, do not worry he is not bored.
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Max likes to sigh very loudly and dramatically when he's lying on the floor and nobody's giving him the amount of attention he'd like. He sometimes even groans and moans as if to say: "Hello, I'm still here!"
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Thunder sighs and moans every time he lays down or every time he shifts when he's laying down or sleeping. He's a very vocal boy when it comes to laying down!

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Gideon does is when he is content, or really relaxed!
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I'm not sure. Sophia never sighs, but Zircon does. Sometimes it seems to be resignation and sometimes contentment. Too bad we'll never know for sure!
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Good question - I've forgotten to ask about this.

Ringo always sighs when he lays down. We always respond with 'been a hard day has it mate?'.
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What does it mean when a dog sighs, Winston always sign when his chewing his fav toy and when we fuss him under his chin and on his belly. Does it mean he is fed up like when we do it?
Sighing is one form of what they call a Calming Signal.A Calming Signal means a dog will express a form of body language to relax itself.Im not saying he is stressed as I dont know all the facts.Is he very protective of his toy,therefore feeling threatened when you pat him?Do you think he is obsessive with this toy?Look out for other signs like yawning,ears back on his head,panting.These are just some of their Calming Signals.I would take the toy away and use other distractions,balls,other toys whatever and watch to see if hes still sighing.This particular toy could be his security blanket which is not healthy.You should be able to remove the toy from him without feeling threatened and when you do give it back after a few days.Make him feel like it is a toy-not something he owns.Keep me posted.

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Sighing is one form of what they call a Calming Signal.A Calming Signal means a dog will express a form of body language to relax itself.Im not saying he is stressed as I dont know all the facts.Is he very protective of his toy,therefore feeling threatened when you pat him?Do you think he is obsessive with this toy?Look out for other signs like yawning,ears back on his head,panting.These are just some of their Calming Signals.I would take the toy away and use other distractions,balls,other toys whatever and watch to see if hes still sighing.This particular toy could be his security blanket which is not healthy.You should be able to remove the toy from him without feeling threatened and when you do give it back after a few days.Make him feel like it is a toy-not something he owns.Keep me posted.
Good point about the calming signals. Shep had posted a good link on this a little bit ago too in case anyone wants to read about it online.
http://www.dogforum.org/showthread.php?t=14437
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