When your dog is pacing while looking for the perfect place to poo, or scratching their beds to make the beds just so, they may often emit grunting or snorting sounds. Just as humans sometimes sigh when they finally relax at the end of a long day, your dog may be making an audible sound simply to indicate that they are experiencing pleasure.
It’s usually clear in this situation that your pet is happy. It should be clearly non-aggressive. In this case, it’s a sign that means “don’t stop!”
However, some medical conditions could cause dog sounds like grunting and other uncomfortable body language when you pet your dog, according to Dog ster. If your dog has arthritis, for instance, they may grunt when you pet them because basic movements are painful and your dog’s joints hurt.
Snorting and grunting vocalizations
Dog breeds that are short-nosed or flat-faced such as bulldogs, pugs, some spaniels, Shih Tzu’s, and boxers which commonly have breathing problems. Blue Cross explains that flat-faced dogs such as bulldogs and pugs have shorter nasal passages and smaller airways in general, so inhaling is more difficult. Nostrils are just one way that dogs take in oxygen they can also take in oxygen through their mouth.
It is a good idea get familiar your dog’s grunting. Know their normal breathing patterns, so you will notice if something changes.
When you hear your dog grunting or snorting when you pet them, it could just be that they are trying to breathe a little better. Petting a dog also could simply make them happy, which generally causes more vocalizations, movement, and breathing activity.
It’s generally understood to be an expression of contentment. Dogs grunt when they are relaxed, when they are being petted or hugged, or when their human finally sits down on the couch next to them. While flat-faced dogs typically grunt more often than other dogs, grunting is a common thing that all dogs do.
A dog doesn’t use words to use to communicate feelings and intention. And they don’t need words because they can use their whole body, from the tips of their ears to the tip of their tail to communicate through expressive and effective body language. Each of the common dog sounds and movements convey a lot of information, both to their humans and to other dogs. Grunting is just one of many tools your dog uses to communicate.