This week I’d like to do something a little different and talk about something we all struggle with: what our dog is trying to say to us. Just as humans do, dogs have certain expressions and actions that mean something that we may or may not understand. Here are a few examples:
Chasing His/Her Tail
This is ultimately a sign of extreme energy. Just as a little kid would run around the house if hyper, your dog may be chasing his or her tail to let out some energy. If this is an extremely common occurrence, it is actually possible that your pet may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
This is typically a sign of affection or a way to get your attention. Also, it’s likely that this is a dog’s way of making a little more sense out of his or her surrounding environment. When a puppy, your dog also may have been licked by his or her mother and licked the other puppies in the litter, so this could be a habit from birth.
Tilting His/Her Head
A funny noise or sight may cause a dog to tilt his or her head in effort to try and figure out what is happening, or find out where a sound may be coming from. However, if your dog is tilting his or her head frequently of even twitching to one side, it could be a medically issue like a tick or flea in the ear or an ear infection.
Why on earth dogs do this I do not know. My dog does it all the time and it just blows my mind. This one will just have to stay a mystery to me.
Staring at You
My dog is the #1 dog when it comes to staring. From any corner of the room, any distance, any situation, I’ll catch my dog staring at me (and like a person would do, he looks away fast to act like he was just being casual and accidentally looked my way). Typically dogs will stare at you because they want your attention or a treat and they are pretty much counting down the seconds until that happens. Sometimes dogs stare at you because they’re ready to attack you (hopefully that’s not the case with your own dog…)
Thrashing His/Her Toys
If your dog likes to take his or her toys and shake them back and forth like crazy, this isn’t just a strange behavior. If your dog had a real animal in the wild, this is a killing instinct. It’s meaningless in the house, but this action would most likely break the neck of a small prey or just finish the job (lovely, right?)
Although there are many other weird or seemingly unexplainable actions from our dogs, these are the most frequent. Do you see these types of behaviors often in your dog(s)? Are there any other expressions you can add to this list or any other bits of information?