Why Do Dogs Sigh?

Dogs sigh as part of an emotional release that is completely natural. Usually, it’s to display contentment, like after they’ve gotten back from a long walk and settle into a comfortable position on the couch. This type of sigh could be an indicator that your dog is in need of some more sleep as he’ll get very restful before. But if you’re wanting to distinguish between a happy sigh from your pup and other sounds that sound like a sigh, then let’s walk through how to tell the difference.

Dogs Sighing vs. Moaning and Groaning

When dogs sigh, it’s simply a long exhale. It doesn’t include any actual vocalization, unless your dog is still a puppy, in which case they may let out a groan or moan with a sigh to indicate contentment. Moans and groans are where you can hear your pup whine just a little bit with his vocal cords as he lets out an exhale.

While sighing is entirely normal and either a response to feeling content or exasperated, your pup’s excessive moaning or groaning could indicate something is wrong. When an adult dog is experiencing pain or discomfort from something like arthritis, an upset stomach, or allergies, he may demonstrate these pains through a sigh and moan or groan. If you’re worried that your dog’s vocalization may be due to pain or a more significant issue, you may need to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.

Additionally, if your pup’s sighs have a particular whistle each time he exhales, it could be a sign of a physical obstruction blocking his airway. If you notice your dog’s gums or tongue turning blue, you should seek emergency help immediately. Typically, though, sighing is a completely normal part of being a pup. 

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

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