Dogs do some pretty odd activities that may leave us confused or worried. It is important to keep in mind that your dog is not a human and therefore his actions may never make sense to you. Did you ever wonder if your dog is a bit confused about you and your habits too? Something to think about.
Thankfully there are many theories, both scientific and social, that can provide answers to some of the odd habits that dogs have. I have gathered the most common dog-habits that confuse us humans. We watch our pets do these things and tip our heads to the side like a puppy seeing a mirror for the first time.
Why does my dog eat grass? The strands of grass that make up your backyard lawn contain nutrients that may help your dog’s digestive system. It may be noted that a dog will often vomit soon after eating grass. It is believed that the dog had a stomach disorder and ate the grass so that he would throw up whatever was causing the digestion problem. So it was a self-induced cure, so to speak. Clever!
The only time this is a cause for concern is if you use harmful chemicals on your lawn or your dog seems to be doing it too often. Make sure you re giving him healthy dog food every day. Buy quality dog food online here.
Why does my dog insist on licking everything in sight? A dog’s tongue is part of their way exploring the surroundings. Like sight and smell, the tongue gives your dog information about where you have been, whom you were around and what dripped on the kitchen floor the night before.
If your dog seems to be excessively licking his own body constantly, it could be stress, allergies or a sign of pain. A visit to your vet could be needed.
Why does my dog drink out of the toilet? Look at this from the dog’s point of view, not your own. The water is constantly being refreshed, it is always nice and cold, and it is at just the right height for easy access. Makes a lot of sense to take a good slurp doesn’t it? ( Buy pet water supplies here.)
Why does my dog yawn? When a dog yawns it has been shown that it has nothing to do with tiredness. A dog yawns when it feels unsure or stressful about something. The dog is finding a harmless way to release or displace a moment of confusion. Maybe you have given him an order that he does not fully comprehend. He does not know what you really want him to do. So he stalls by yawning as he tries to find the answer to your demand.
Why does my dog kick the ground after pooping? It is believed that he is doing this for two possible reasons. One is to be a polite potty puppy; he is covering up his mess. The other reason is to mark the territory as his by releasing his aroma through the sweat glands found in his paws. He is saying, “Yes, I did that poop and it is marking my territory, so stay away!”
Why does my dog chase his tail? A puppy will chase his own tail as a way of self-exploration and discovering what is he and what is his sibling’s body. For an older dog, tail chasing could be related to anxiety, stress or an anal irritation.
Why does my dog hump everything in sight? Humping is not always sexual for a dog. It could also be a playful desire to dominate, like jumping and barking.
Why does my dog walk in circles before lying down? When you get in your bed, you probably toss and turn a bit before finding just the right position. This what a dog is doing too, but they do it before they land. I could be a throw back to the need for tramping grass down in the wild to create a soft nest to sleep in. When you buy your dog a great bed, they will circle in order to get ready for a warm and comfy nap.
I bet your dog has questions about your need for a fresh glass every time you get a drink of water. Why not just keep your water in a handy porcelain bowl with a built-in lid?