The Mystery Behind Your Dog’s Behavior

Chasing Their Tail

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Dogs are the friendliest creatures that walk this earth. All dog owners want the ability to communicate effectively with their beloved pooch. Sometimes dogs will try to communicate with their humans through silly actions or small gestures and we just aren’t aware.

So, know exactly what your dog is thinking or feeling with these common canine behaviors.

It’s silly and entertaining to watch a dog chase its tail. This behavior is your dog just having plain good fun. Dogs have an instinct to hunt, so this behavior could stem from their instinct to chase something down. However, if you notice your dog chasing their dog all the time, it may be due to high stress levels.

Face Licking

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Humans see dogs licking our face as an affection gesture that means that they love us. However, one explanation could be that they just think we are tasty creatures. Our skin can taste pretty salty after a long day.

Panting

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Dogs commonly pant during warmer weather. This is because dogs don’t sweat. So, panting is a dog’s way of sweating and cooling down. If you notice your dog is panting a lot, give them a bowl of water.

Rolling Around

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Dogs love to roll around in things like grass, dirt, and mud. Why would they want to do this if they get all dirty? Some believe it’s your dog’s way to leave their scent and mark their territory. Others think it could be an effort to mask their scent as a way to camouflage with their surroundings.

Tail Wagging

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Dogs use their tails as an indicator to how they are feeling. When a dog is wagging his tail quickly and it’s high, it means that they are excited. If the tail is wagging slowly and is low, then they may feel hostile or defensive.

Jumping

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Dogs are known to jump on people when they first walk through the door. Some people see this as an affectionate gesture, but it’s really your dog trying to dominate you. They believe that they are fighting with the alpha, you. This behavior is reinforced when we respond with petting and kisses.

Chewing

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Dogs love to chew on everything, especially when they are puppies. This is to exercise their jaws and keep their teeth shapr.

Hating Baths

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Some dogs hate being bathed. They cower away from the water and soap. Why is this? Since the soap removes some of their scent, they may feel extra vulnerable in their surroundings. Don’t be surprised if your dog rolls around in the grass afterwards.

Eating Grass

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Many believe that dogs eat grass to ease an upset stomach. It also aids with digestion, which is good since most dogs only eat meat and can cause issues.

Head Tilts

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The cutest thing a dog can do is tilting his head. This actually means they are focusing intently on what you are saying trying to pick out specific words that they know.

Digging

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Dogs instinctually feel the need to dig. Sometimes it’s purely for their entertainment. Other times it’s to help them cool down. Digging cools their paws as they dig deeper into the soil or sand.

Burying Things

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Dogs love to hide their belongings. This could be done by digging in the yard and covering up something or simply hiding a toy between couch cushions. This is to keep their things safe from other dogs.

Walking in Circles

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Before going to sleep, dogs circle their bed before lying down for the night. This could be an instinct from their wild days. In the wild, dogs will circle the ground to make sure it is even and flat so they can be comfortable.

Twitching Their Legs

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Every dog has that one spot that will make them kick their legs when you pet them. This can be because they are ticklish in that spot or it could be an involuntary reaction due to a nerve.

Barking

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Barking is the one way dogs know how to communicate with whoever is around. If dogs are scared, confused, or even just bored they will bark for attention or to express their feelings.

Pulling on Their Leash

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Dogs get so excited to go on a walk. Some dogs love to pull on their leash during their walks. This is their way of trying to dominate us and show us who is boss. Next time they do this, tug back.

Staring

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Dogs love to stare at you whether you are just watching television or eating dinner. They may be waiting for a piece of food to drop or you to give them a quick pet. Don’t stare back at them though. They take that as a threat.

Yawning

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You may think a yawning pup means that they need to get some more sleep. It is actually used to communicate that they feel stressed. Yawning allows your dog to calm down and control their emotions.

Following You Around

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Why does your dog follow you everywhere, including the bathroom? It’s their way saying that they love you. Since dogs used to travel in packs, they feel inclined to be around you all the time.

Resting On You

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Dogs love physical contact, which is why they love to lay on us or just rest against us. When dogs cuddle with us, it’s their way of getting as close as possible to us.

Howling

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Howling is thought to have been passed down by dog’s ancestors, the wolves. While wolves use howling to communicate with others from a distance, dogs will howl because it simply feels good.

Destroying Toys

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Have you ever bought your dog a brand new toy and they destroy it within hours? This could be a natural hunting instinct they carry from living in the wild.

Stealing Food

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Dogs often steal food from the counters or table. This could be their natural hunting instinct kicking in. When they see food, they just have to have it.

Loving Fire Hydrants

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You may think dogs are naturally attracted to fire hydrants. In fact, it’s just the perfect height for male dogs to lift their leg and urinate on it.

Excitement When You Come Home

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Everyone loves coming home to his or her dog after a long day. Dogs get excited when you walk through the door because they have an unconditional love for their owners. This is just one way they are able to show it.

Watching Outside

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Dogs are naturally curious, which is why you can see your dog looking out the window for hours. If there is a lot of movement, they will have a great time watching it all.

Scratching the Floor

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It isn’t your dog’s intention to ruin your wooden floors with their scratching. It’s just a natural ritual they have before going to sleep.

Rushing to the Door

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There are two reasons why your dog runs to the door when someone is there. The first is that they are excited to meet someone new. The second is that they are protective of you.

Sticking Their Head Out of Car Windows

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The most fun thing a dog can do is stick their head out the window of a moving car. There is no other reason to do it other than to just feel the breeze on their face.

Sniffing Other Dogs

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When dogs first meet, they do a lot of sniffing each other. It’s their way of saying hello and greeting each other. Most often, dogs will sniff each other’s behinds to really get their scent down.

Carrying Food

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Sometimes, dogs will take a mouthful of food from their bowl and bring it to another location to actually eat. This could be because they don’t like where their bowl is located. It could also be an ancient instinct they have from their hunting days.

Hiding from Thunder

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This one is pretty self-explanatory. When dogs hear a loud noise such as thunder, they often hide because they are scared. To make them feel more comfortable with thunder, try getting a recording and play it softly and increase the volume slowly so they are comfortable with the sound.

Hating Other Dogs

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Not all dogs like each other. Sometimes they don’t get along. This could be due to lack of socialization with other dogs as puppies. It’s crucial to socialize your dog between the ages three weeks and three months.

Chasing Shadows

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It’s fun to watch your dog run around and chase shadows. It’s believed that dogs like to see their owners happy and laughing, so they chase shadows to entertain you.

Barking at Mirrors

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It’s so cute to watch a dog bark at its reflection in the mirror. This is because they are uncertain why they see a dog that doesn’t have a scent. So, it’s like they are seeing a ghost!