I have a 2 yr old Rottweiler and sometimes she starts to jump backwards and shake her head side to side.
I’m not sure if she is telling me that she needs to go outside or if she wants to play. How do I tell the difference?
Jumping is most often a sign of play, if she also lowers the front half of her body that’s called a ‘play bow’ and is her invitation for you to join in a game.
If you’re not sure if she’s asking to go outside, let her out to be on the safe side, then you can bring her in to play, or play with her outside.
If she shakes her head a lot at other times, or paws at her ears, it’s possible that she has Canine Allergies, an ear infection or something similar. If that’s the case have her checked over by your vet.
The more attention you pay to your dog, the more quickly you’ll learn what her ‘body language’ means and you’ll be able to tell if she wants to play, is tired, hungry, grumpy etc.
Best of luck with your dog.