Hidden Meanings Behind Common Dog Behaviors That Everyone Should Know

Rearing Up On Hind Legs

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What does it mean when your dog rears up on his hind legs like a horse? It can actually mean a couple of things, depending on the circumstances. If it’s just you and your pooch hanging out, rearing up can be a sign of affection – sometimes they really do want to reach out and give you a hug!

If the behavior happens around other dogs it’s usually an indication that he’s feeling playful. When dogs interact while standing on their hind legs it looks almost like they’re wrestling. Unless they’re growling or otherwise acting aggressively, there’s nothing wrong with playing this way.

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