Does Your Dog Do This? Find Out What It Means
Man's best friend has a funny way of communicating sometimes, but almost everything your dog does has meaning. From barking to whining, jumping to butt scooting, your dog's actions are something you should pay close attention to.
Learning about your dog's behavior is one of the best ways you can care for your four-legged pal. While most things your pup does are nothing to worry about, noticing the signs and symptoms that something may be wrong are very important.
The Play Bow
A play bow is when your pup is crouched down in the front with his backside up in the air. The position usually signifies that your four-legged friend wants to play, and it allows your pet to run quickly at a moment’s notice.
It's no secret that dogs love to dig. Some want to dig in the dirt to try and find a buried treasure, and some dig just because they’re bored. While digging is usually not harmful to a pup, you may want to deter your dog from doing so because your pet may get dirty or start digging in places that are off limits — like your garden.
If your dog is chewing on just about everything in sight, chances are that the animal is having an issue with its teeth. Puppies chew when they are teething, so it's important to make sure you have plenty of toys available, including bones and other teething-specific toys.
You may notice your dog hanging around the dinner table looking all kinds of desperate for a taste of human food, but you should resist. Dogs that are given a taste of food from the table will almost always beg for more. They may begin to whine or bark while looking anxiously up at the table.
Pulling on the Leash
A dog that pulls on the leash while on a walk needs training. The behavior is usually caused by a dog being over-excited for a walk. Getting exercise shouldn't be a stressful event for you or your dog, so this behavior needs to be squashed as soon as possible.
A dog's whine can mean a few different things. Most of the time, a whining dog just wants your attention. If your dog starts whining and you immediately give the animal attention, however, you are demonstrating that whining will get your pet that attention. You should avoid doing this and only give your dog attention when it is not whining.
If your dog gets upset when you leave, it probably has separation anxiety. Since you are your dog's whole life, it is important to teach your pet that you aren't gone forever and will come back.
Barking at the Door
A dog that barks at the door may want to go outside. To avoid a potty accident, you should take your dog outside. Dogs may also bark at the door if they want to go outside to play, in which case you could appease your pup and go for a run.
Dogs and jumping often go hand-in-hand. Dogs jump when they are happy, mainly because they are excited to greet another being. However, jumping is often frowned upon because a lot of people — especially strangers — do not want to be greeted with such enthusiasm.
Biting is how dogs protect themselves. No matter how calm a dog’s disposition is, a moment of aggression or fear can turn ugly quick. A dog that bites likely feels threatened or nervous. Ideally, these feelings should be faced head-on from a young age.
A barking dog is inevitable since that’s how canines communicate. But what happens when your dog barks excessively? Your dog could be experiencing anything from frustration to aggression to a desire to play.
If your dog is scooting his butt across the carpet, there could be a multitude of things going on. A dog may drag its behind if it's itchy or something is stuck there. In these instances, there's nothing to worry about.
Growling and Baring Teeth
When dogs bare their teeth and growl, they are showing aggression. Your dog may express these feelings toward another dog or a human. Whatever the source, you should keep your dog away from whatever the animal is fixated on. You should not allow your dog to approach another animal or human if this behavior is present.
If your pooch hears something high-pitched, like a train whistle, it may try to match the sound by howling. This may be because the sound annoys the dog or hurts the animal’s ears.
A dog may express a low growl if it hears something but is unsure what it is. You may notice that your dog low growls while looking out the window. Perhaps the animal sees something but is not quite sure if it's a threat or not.
A dog gets in the Superman position when it is completely tuckered out but very comfortable. The Superman pose is apparent as the animal has its front paws stretched out and back paws sprawled straight back. The position is seen in dogs of all ages, but it's most often seen in puppies.
Dogs bring gifts to their owners as a way to show affection. Your dog is trying to make you happy by bringing you something special. Most of the time, the dog will bring something from around the house, like your slippers or a favorite toy. However, sometimes you aren't lucky and your dog brings you a dead animal, such as a mouse.
Licking is a dog's love language. Your four-legged bestie may shower you with kisses as a way to show you’re its favorite. A dog kissing session can last a long time if you allow it, and it can be a daily occurrence. There's nothing wrong with a dog showing affection, although some people get grossed out by it.
Licking or Biting Paws
While licking a human to show love is a beautiful thing, a dog who licks his own paws could be experiencing something that requires a trip to the vet. A dog that licks its paws after eating may be experiencing a food allergy. Alternatively, a dog that licks or bites its paws on a regular basis could be experiencing anxiety.
Dogs sneeze due to irritants inhaled into their noses, not unlike humans. They can also sneeze from allergies caused by grass and pollen. While most sneezing in canines is nothing to worry about, a dog that sneezes excessively or with discharge could require a visit to the vet.
Just about everyone knows all about the dog head tilt that will undoubtedly melt your heart. Have you noticed that when you talk to your dog, it looks right at you and tilts its head? This is the animal being curious. Dogs tilt their heads as a way to adjust their outer ears so that they can hear you better.
While most of the things that dogs do are cute, there are a couple that simply aren’t. You may even say they're gross. That brings us to the butt sniff. If your dog meets another dog and immediately sniffs its butt, this is totally normal.
Chasing Their Tail
Ah, the tail chase. A favorite pastime of so many doggos. Dogs chase their tails for a variety of reasons, but most of the time, it is all in good fun. A puppy may chase its tail because it doesn't realize it’s attached to the dog’s own body body. An older dog may chase its tail just because the animal is goofy and being playful.
Does your dog eat grass whenever it’s outside? While this behavior is normal, it is a cause for concern. Most of the time, a dog eats grass for one of two reasons. Your pet is either missing a specific nutrient in its diet or trying to make itself vomit. The worst-case scenario? The dog has intestinal worms.
A dog that eats its own feces is most likely on a medication that isn't digesting properly. If this medication comes out in the dog's stool, the animal may be enticed to gobble it back up, which is nothing short of gross.
Dog humping isn’t usually a cause for concern. Some dogs mount or hump in a sexual manner even after being neutered or spayed. Dogs instinctively practice the behavior, especially if they are unaltered. Dogs may also hump as a way of flirting.
Sitting or Sleeping on Your Feet
Do you ever notice that your dog is continually touching you? Whether your pet is lying right next to you or cozying up at your feet, this is entirely normal behavior. The dog not only wants you to know that it's there, but it also wants to make sure it knows if you leave. By resting on your feet, the dog will be forced to wake up if you get up from your seat.
Raising a Single Paw
Dogs are very intelligent creatures, and they try to communicate however they can. If your dog raises a single paw in your presence, it could be requesting your attention. Nine times out of 10, your dog does this to let you know that it wants to play.
Barking or Moving Paws While Sleeping
A dog that moves its paws or barks in its sleep is most likely having a vivid dream. If your dog is laying on its side and its feet are moving, the animal is likely dreaming about chasing a bunny rabbit through a field or something similarly exciting.
Yawning isn't a behavior that is hard to figure out. Like humans, dogs yawn when they are tired. Dog yawns tend to be extremely cute and can even be highlighted with a bit of a bark. Dogs may also yawn if you yawn, which further proves the theory that yawning is contagious.