The Hidden Meanings Behind Strange Dog Behaviors That All Pet Owners Should Know


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Life feels fun and adventurous if you have your little companion around. Dogs can be the best companion in many circumstances. They can share your sorrow and happiness like a true friend. However, you might find it hard to understand some behavior of your furry friend. They behave strangely and you keep speculating.

You are not alone. Many pet owners go through this phase. They want to understand the strange behavior of their pets. But unfortunately, they cannot do much except observing the behavior silently.

Your dog might show interest to share your bed. He prefers your bedroom instead of a crate or her bed. This is the indication that you are the closet one in your dog’s heart. Your tiny friend wants to spend all the possible time with you. You should take it as a compliment instead of showing anger or dissatisfaction.

You might have noticed that your dog is leaning on you when you are relaxing or busy in your living room. Appreciate this behavior since your pet wants to hug you. As he does not hug like humans, he is expressing his love in this manner. They are trying to be closet in every possible way. Give your pet a hug and make him realize that he is your best companion. When your dog yawns in your presence, it shows how safe your friend is in your presence. Yawning is the sign of submission. By this behavior, your dog feels safe when you are around.

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With better communication, it will be much easier for you to control your dog’s emotions. Appreciate the behavior and reward your pet whenever he deserves. In this article, we will help you to comminute with your tiny friend better. After going through this article, you can interpret your dog’s behavior and act accordingly. 20 Hidden Meanings Behind Strange Dog Behaviors :

1- Making constant eye-contact:

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You can spot a constant eye contact of your puppy dog with you a few times. Thus it means that he admires you and is sort of planning to get something from you. Maybe he craves for some treats or food. By staring expectantly, he struggles to learn his owner’s expressions to ask for something he wishes.

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2- Bringing random items to you:

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When your puppy brings random things to you or his ball or some toy or any other stuff which he cherishes, do not throw it away. It is your dog’s move to catch your attention, to show up his interest to play with you to spend a quality and good time. Encourage this behavior and play with him using the objects that he brings.

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3- Sleeping in your room:

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If your dog likes to sleep in your room on your bed or under the covers instead of his crate or bed, again it means he assumes you to be part of his pack as canines are the pack animals. He just wants to associate with you.

4- Giving a quiet stare:

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Whenever you leave your house either for office or for shopping, you might notice your dog staring quietly at you. It is his way of showing trust in you. He knows that you will come back to him.

5- Different eye gestures:

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* You can know about the mood or feelings of your dog and what action is he going to take by looking at his eyes.
* Your dog is all alert when you look at his eyes wide-opened.
* He shows his dominancy or sometimes decides to threaten a person with his narrow stare.
* When he thinks to attack someone, he shows the whites of the eyes.
* Short stare can mean to indicate a polite and submissive gesture.
* Blinking is used to pass on to the owner that it is time to play.

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6- Cuddling after having a snack:

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A pet dog cuddles his owner after every feast to reveal his love and attachment towards him. This is to prove what means important to him besides getting a meal, and that is his unconditional love for the owner.

7- Leaning on you:

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Does your dog lean with all his weight on you? Does he try to sit on your feet or to put his paws on you while sleeping or loves to snuggle on the couch? Leaning can have different meanings. Some dogs might lean to convey their anxiety. Some do it to show their dominance, and some lean-to shows their affection. It is like hugging someone to show love and fondness.
Your four-legged friend might want to sit on your feet all the time. This shows his protective nature and an attempt to secure you from any shortcoming.

8- Yawning:

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A pet dog yawns when he:
* Wants to ease his tension and pressure during some stressful condition.
* Is confused.
* Feels threatened.
* Is just tired or sleepy.

9- Flicking the tongue:

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This is an ultimate way of winning your heart and saying sorry to you. Pets look cute and innocent when they flick their tongue out and aim to gain forgiveness from their human partners.
If you notice your dog flicking his ear, then know that he is trying to listen to something. Canine flick their ears when they catch some unfamiliar sounds.

10- Chewing the furniture:

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A dog chews furniture or other objects when he wants to go out on a stroll with his companion. He tries to gain attention and remind his caretaker that he wants to do some physical activity and exercise and is just bored with staying inside the house.

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11- Crouching:

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If you find your dog bending his knees or bringing his body in the forward or downward position, then he is just trying to defend himself. Your canine friend is crouching because either he is just frightened or feeling nervous or insecure or has detected something unusual. Sometimes, he can also crouch to reveal his submission to you.

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12- Sniffing the air:

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If your dog is sniffing the air, then it is possible that he has sensed some danger or has felt the presence of a threat or prey nearby. You will never see a dog howling or barking while sniffing the air. This happens because a dog tries not to catch the attention of the target.
A dog might also sniff to check if other dogs or even people can become friends with him.

13- Howling:

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According to some behaviorists, dogs howl when they feel lonely. They try to catch the other canines’ attention and even people nearby. A short howl can be deciphered as the sound of excitement and satisfaction as well.

14- Walking in circles:

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Dogs have most likely adopted the habit of walking in circles before lying down from their ancestors, i.e. the wolves. They do this to take the place of rest more comfortable and to lie down without hurting their body.

15 – Eating grass:

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Dogs usually throw up after eating grass. Some experts suggest that the dogs might eat the grass because they want to settle their stomachs in case of indigestion or they want to prevent intestinal worms or simply fulfill their unmet nutritional need of fiber.

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16 – Eating the poop:

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Yes, it may look disgusting and distasteful, but dogs do indeed eat feces. It is quite bizarre but normal. They just try to mimic their mother while doing so as they see her cleaning them by ingesting their feces. They also do it out of curiosity to know what poop tastes like or maybe they are signaling some malnutrition symptoms.

17 – Licking the butt:

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Dogs usually drag their butts or lick their genitals when they want to clean them. It might signal that your dog is having some urinary tract infection or some worms in his rear end. These infections most likely trigger the itching in the genital parts. Your canine friend might lick his genitals to ease his pain and discomfort.

18- Swinging the tail:

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Your pet might wag his tail for different reasons :
* If he wags his tail rapidly by lowering it down, he reflects his submissive nature.
* If he wags the tail slowly by keeping the natural posture, then he wants to play.
* When he wags the tail slowly and by keeping down, then it shows his confusion and sadness.
* If he is excited or confident then he will swing his tail slowly while holding it high.

19- Being hyper after bath:

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If you are concerned about the post-bath hyperactivity of your dog, then you must know that a dog shows a crazy behavior either to show his relief or happiness or desire to get back to his old nerdy and smelly self. He also likes to get her coat dried as soon as possible.

20- Sticking the head out of the window:

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Your lovely pet likes to stick his head out of the window when you take him out for a car ride because he wants to socialize with the outside world. It seems like he tries to consume the outside world, to detect more and more scent and enjoy the speed.

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