You are absolutely right – some dogs really do know how to hide pain! Here are some signs: slow to get up, starting to get a bit grumpy if touched a certain way, a tinge of blue or purple color on the tongue, an incomplete shake. The first two are pretty simple to understand – painful hips will move slowly first thing in the morning. Similarly, aches and pains make the body more sensitive to touch, any touch can make pain worse thus bring on a bit of grumpiness. That blue/purple color is a sign of what’s called “stagnation” – it means the body’s energy (Qi) isn’t moving like it should be. Purple tongue means something somewhere hurts whether in the belly or in the neck. The last sign mentioned, an incomplete shake, is a fun tool. Watch your dog when he gets up in the morning – he should stretch, maybe scratch a little then get up and shake from head to tail. As the owner, you can see the shake travel from one end to the other. If the shake stops somewhere, or skips a spot, that’s where there is some pain.