When you go out for a walk, there will come a time when your dog halts all of a sudden and raise a foot. No, they likely did not hurt themselves. They are actually figuring out whatever it was that caught their eyes. Their brains are working! Dogs also tend to sniff a lot when they are playing detective.
A tail in the air can mean excitement or confidence. Dogs often do this when they meet another dog or animal. If the tail stays up and shaky, they might feel challenged. A happy and content dog often has their tail at level with the body. A tail hanging low or tucked between the legs can mean insecurity.
The Side Tongue
It is cute when dogs hang their tongues out of their mouths. It is a signal that they feel happy and calm! It will happen when you go out for a walk or play fetch. Excessively doing this might mean they have the “hanging tongue syndrome,” which is common among dogs with flat noses like bulldogs or boxers.
Your dog does not have evil intentions when they dig up the yard. It is instinctual for them as it is encoded in their DNA. This is especially true for terrier breeds. They often dig in the yard to leave bones, toys, and other valuables there. It is also possible that they do this to look for prey or bury their dead.
Why They Bite
It is not at all pleasant when you are bitten by your dog. However, it can mean playfulness and affection! Dogs bite one another when they play together. It is not considered aggressive, and this behavior carries over to the way they act towards you. Make sure to look out for signs of fear or aggression, however.
Sleeping Beside You
Do not be offended if your furry friend likes to skip the dog bed and lay down beside you. They got it from their ancestors! Their forebears hunted in packs and slept together for security and warmth. Your dog only wants to get close to you. Take it as a compliment that they trust you enough to even do this.
It is not nice to get slapped by a person, but this is not equivalent to a dog slapping you with a paw. They are not angry, only trying to catch your attention. It is even more different when a dog slaps another dog. For them, it is a sign of trust. Think of it as the same thing when we pat one another on the back.
Eating And Cuddling
If your dog cuddles you right after eating, they are showing you how much they adore you. A lot of dogs want a nap after a good meal. There is no better place for them to do this than beside their favorite human being! It is a very good idea to cuddle up with them when you have a dog who does such a thing.
Panting does not mean that your dog is in danger. No, this is the way they like to cool off when they overheat. They are unable to sweat like us, so this is how they lower their body temperature. A dog panting is in need of water. They might also be trying to let go of stress or pain when they do this.
In certain ways, dogs are like humans. They tend to show emotions with their eyes as well. They look at the ground when they feel tired or sad. Meanwhile, they open their eyes wide and look around when they are excited. A raised eyebrow might mean confusion. Make sure to take these all into account!
There are a number of reasons why your dog might bow. We are talking about when they lower their heads and keep their bodies erect. It often means they want to play. Swinging hips and wagging tails excitedly are common behavior as well. Dog trainers actually call it the “play bow.”
Walking In Circles
Your dog probably walks in circles before lying down. But why? This is likely behavior they got from their wolf ancestors. Wolves do such a thing before laying down to flatten debris or leaves to make the surface more comfortable. We daresay that it is funny to see them do such a thing.
People tend to quiet their pets when they howl, but they have a good reason for doing such a thing. This is akin to yelling, which is how we release angry feelings. They are not trying to assert dominance over you, trust us. You should let them do this because this is a good way for them to express their feelings.
Hugging With Eyes
Puppy dog eyes are good signs! No, they are not trying to act cute to catch your attention. No, they are only showing their affection. It is just like hugging for the adorable creatures! The look of innocence means they adore you and want a kiss or hug. A dog looking into your eyes means that they love you.
No, your dog is not trying to yodel. Yowling means they want to communicate with you. An animal journal writer said this: “Our German Shepherd rescue, the sweetest dog we have ever owned (unless you happen to be a cat), is 9. She ‘talks‘ about everything! Grumbles, over being denied a cat lunch, has 5-minute conversations over going out for a walk, exchanges pleasantries (you would swear) over how happy she is to see someone.”
Yes, dogs eat poop. It might be disgusting, but this is not uncommon behavior. Coprophagia, the act of eating feces, could mean malnutrition. If your dog does it too much, you should go see a vet. Once your vet rules out nutrient deficiency, you might have to seek out a trainer to help break this nasty habit.
We bet you have seen your dog go in circles and chase their tail. This is common and only a sign of playfulness. However, doing so excessively might signify behavioral or health issues. A dog chewing their tail might also mean anal gland issues or allergies. It can also be a sign of OCD. Yes, dogs get it too!
Licking is not at all uncommon for dogs. They like to do so to show their affection. Yes, your dog licking you is just like them telling you that they love you. Dogs also like to taste the minerals and nutrients found in our skin. Still, it is good to know that intense licking can be corrected by training them properly.
Humping is common behavior among dogs as well. This is not necessarily a sexual or dominance issue for them. Dogs hump animals, objects, and people in a playful manner as well. There is no harm in this behavior, but we understand if it makes you uncomfortable. This habit can truly get inconvenient.
“Can you imagine if people greeted each other like that?” you might think in reference to butt-sniffing. We already know that a dog has a sense of smell that is 10,000 better than ours. This is their way to get to know the world. They can tell the diet, gender, temperament, and gender of other dogs this way!
Do you know that slight squint that dogs do? We are sure that you have been manipulated by it in the past. A dog squinting or blinking often means he wants your attention and quality time. A dog doing this excessively might signify that you are spending far too much time away from each other.
Open Mouth, Relaxed Tail, High Ears
People often wonder about the right time to approach a dog. The best time to do so is when they have a relaxed tail, pointed ears, and open mouth. A dog in this state feels relaxed, neutral, and safe. It might be a good idea to cuddle up when your pooch is behaving like this! Trust us, nothing can be better.
Straight Tail, Ears Forward
What does it mean when a dog has their tail straight and ears pointed forward? You probably think that they want to listen closely to what is currently at hand. It means that something caught their attention. They are likely curious about a certain thing or person and feel ready to investigate!
Have you seen a dog in the so-called ‘dead bug’ pose? It must have earned a laugh or two from you. With their limbs in the air, the dog looks exactly like the namesake of that pose. However, your dog likely looks relaxed and even content. This is a vulnerable pose, so the dog probably feels safe! Aww.
A lot of dogs lie on their sides at nap time. However, they do not stay like that for a long time. It means that they will have a longer time standing up and defending themselves in case of trouble, after all. A dog sleeping like this is one without any troubles whatsoever. They clearly trust their owners!
We cannot think of a pose cuter than the superman pose. After tiring themselves out, dogs like to crash on their belly with their limbs spread out. This only happens when they are truly exhausted. Puppies commonly do this since the pose lets them stand up in no time at all.
This is another pose your dog might take when they are tired. However, you should not be happy since this pose might mean that the pooch is overheating and trying to cool off. The pose we are referring to is when they swing their paws across their chest. When this happens, let them get some rest.
While cute, this pose means that the pooch is not enjoying a good night’s rest. Called the “belly curl,” you can identify the pose when they sleep on their belly with paws out to the sides or underneath them. They won’t reach REM because their muscles are tensed. Gentle and shy dogs often sleep this way.
Have you ever seen your dog curl up like a fox? When the paws are lying underneath the body with the tail wrapped around them, there is a good chance they feel cold. They do this to retain as much body heat as possible. If your dog sleeps like this, you should throw a blanket on them to help them out.
Back To Back
Dogs have been so domesticated that many forget that they are actually ‘pack’ animals. However, you might remember this after seeing dogs get along and exhibit certain behaviors. Sleeping back to back is one of these patterns. Not only is it cute, but it means that they completely trust one another.
We bet your dog has gifted you shoes, leaves, or even dead animals in the past. There is no need to fret because it means that they respect you! Isn’t it adorable that they want to make you happy this way? It can be unpleasant to dispose of a dead animal, but it is also very sweet in a way.
There are dogs who like getting baths, but they are not that common. We all know how much the average dog hates it. If your dog runs around the house like crazy after getting one, they are clearly not big fans. They hate being wet, so they hope to dry off right away in order to get their scent back.
By Your Side
Anyone who has owned a dog knows what ‘invasion of privacy’ is like. However, you should not be offended when your dog follows you to the toilet and stands there. They only want to stay close to you at all dogs! Remember, they are pack animals who like to stick together.
Have you ever suspected that your dog understands you? They are empathetic creatures. Dogs can tell when the air is full of ‘strange’ feelings like sadness or anger. When you are sad, they will try to comfort you. This is why they might lick you, look at you, or rest their head or paw on you when you feel upset. Isn’t that the sweetest thing you have ever heard?
It is not uncommon for dogs to eat grass. Sadly, this often means that they lack a certain nutrient or want to digest their food well because grass is fibrous. Watch out since it can also mean intestinal worms. On the other hand, maybe they are dehydrated and want to drink the water on the grass. If you notice this is happening a lot, you should take your dog to a vet right away. Better safe than sorry, right?
Humping Inanimate Objects
Have you ever found your pup humping a leg chair or a stuffed animal and had no idea why this animal would possibly find this normal? Well, it could be that they are doing it to try and get your attention. If your dog knows that this behavior will get a rise out of you and make you pay attention to them, then that’s what they’ll do.
Digging After Going To The Bathroom
You may have thought that your dog digging up some grass after using the bathroom in the yard or on a walk was their way of “covering” their droppings with pieces of nature, but it’s actually a way for your dog to mark their territory. Another dog smelling traces of a dog’s paws scratched into the dirt is a great way of saying that they have been there and this is now their patch of grass.
Despite what you may think, when you see your pup winking at you, it is very unlikely that he is trying to tell you a funny joke or hint something to you. In reality, he likely just has something in his eye that is bothering him or feels that his eye is irritated in some way.
Barking At Nothing
Sometimes when our dogs are looking out the window and start barking, we notice there is nothing actually there for the dog to bark at… so why are they barking? They could be doing this because they are protecting your house. Your house is their house, too, and they want any and all intruders to know that they are there.
Most people love when their dog licks their hand or their face, but did you know there is a reason behind it other than dogs loving to lick everything? Some believe that when your dog licks you it is their way of showing affection, while others believe that it is used as a sensory tool for dogs, like a human reaching out to feel something.
Staring At You
Do you find your dog fixated on you a lot of the time? Some may find this a bit odd, but to a dog, it’s totally normal. Your dog is likely staring at you because he wants a treat and knows that no one could possibly resist his sweet puppy dog eyes.
If your dog is violently shaking their toys back and forth in their mouths, you might think it’s adorable and funny, but to them, it replicates how they would kill their prey if they were in the wild. We know it’s hard to imagine your sweet pup doing such a thing, but it’s just second nature for them sometimes.
Only Eating In Private
If your dog refuses to eat when another dog or human is in the room with them, it is not because of any other reason except for the fact that they do not want to share their food with you. While humans likely don’t think about this because we don’t eat dog food, dogs don’t understand that!
Voluntarily Sleeping In His Crate
It might seem a bit odd to you that your dog is choosing to take a nap in his crate instead of on the couch or on your bed with you, but to a dog, sometimes their crate is their bedroom. It’s a place where they feel comfortable and at ease, because its where they spend their time when you are not home. It’s their own space.
Kick When You Scratch Their Belly
Many pet owners think it’s super adorable and funny when their dog kicks while their belly is being scratched, but in reality, it’s like a human getting tickled. When they kick their legs it’s because their scratch nerves are telling them there is something itchy and they need to get it off. So, if you notice your dog’s legs kicking when you scratch a certain spot, just move over a bit.