Your dog may not be able to talk to you, but canine behavior sends clear signals to the world. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what your puppy is trying to tell you. Here are ten common puppy-like behaviors you may have seen in your dog. See what vets say your dog is trying to tell you about these behaviors.
Whether you love when your furry friend smiles at you or how he snuggles at your feet each night, it’s sure to melt your heart. Still, wouldn’t it be nice to know what it tells you? Let’s unravel the mystery of dog messages together today.
These ten canine behaviors send you clear messages
See the meaning behind these canine behaviors.
1 – A toothy smile is proof that your dog really is your best friend
Has your dog ever made a big toothy grin at you when you get home from work? It is almost terrifying when you first see it, but it is standard behavior in some breeds that have a more submissive nature. Your dog can roll over immediately so you can scratch his belly. This action is also an indication that he is being sent to you as the leader of his pack. Your dog can also smile when he plays with you.
They may have a relaxed, open-mouthed smile that almost looks like they’re laughing. Whatever your puppy tells you with their big smile, you know they love being with you.
- If your dog chases his tail, it could mean that he is bored. Some breeds require a lot of activity and you may notice your dog chasing his tail on days when he is not walking regularly.
- Another possibility is that your dog has parasites. Tail chasing is a reaction to their itchiness.
- Some dogs that chase their tails suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). When they feel anxious or stressed, they chase their tail for relief.
- Bottom line: if your dog chases his tail from time to time, you may need to increase his exercise. But if you notice your dog chasing his tail a lot, talk to your vet to get to the root cause.
3 – Licks feet or face
Dogs love to lick. They especially like to lick their faces and feet. puppy father. It’s a standard way for them to show their affection for you. Other times, your dog licks your face or feet because he is trying to get your attention because he wants to go outside to play.
Early in life, a dog licks its parents’ feet to discover its taste. Dogs also do this with children or visitors entering their home. It is your way of looking at the person to see if they are friendly.
4 – I love chasing a ball
Call it obsession. Dogs love to chase balls. Simply saying the word “ball” can get your dog into an arousal state of jumping, twisting and whining. Dogs love playing with their puppy dog parents because it is their way of connecting with you.
Also, canines love to instinctively chase. His dog’s ancestor, the wolf, chased rabbits for food. Your dog’s love of the sport of chasing the ball is a replica of his past. Playing catch also makes them happy because, in a sense, they are bringing you the “game they found.” Playing this game is a sure sign that your dog loves to play with you.
5 – Canine instinct means they love to shake their toys.
Speaking of their ancestors, dogs instinctively shake their toys, just like their canine relatives shook their prey thousands of years ago. When your dog shakes toys, it is a forceful reaction to his hunting instinct. Your dog may also love the noise of the toy when he shakes it.
So they shake it while they walk around the house, on their bed, and maybe even when they go outside until the noise drives you crazy and you hide the toy from view. Dog owners can relate. The shaking is nice at first, but you need to rest at some point.
6 – Rolls over several times before going to bed.
Dogs have strange behavior and one of the most curious actions is to turn around several times before going to bed. Dog behaviorists suggest this bedtime the habit comes from your ancestors. In the wild, wolves would go around in circles before going to bed as a way to avoid being attacked. Wolves are believed to sleep in a way that points their noise towards the wind so that they can pick up the scent of a potential predator.
Although your dog no longer needs to worry about predators, they instinctively turn around. Your dog also surrounds your bed because he wants to “mark” it as his own. Or, like you, your dog may roll over several times to see where it sleeps and see if it is comfortable.
7 – Twitch and scream while sleeping
When your dog sleeps, have you seen your dog fidgeting or heard yelling or growling? You may wonder what is going on and if this is normal canine behavior. When your dog falls asleep, he quickly goes into the rapid eye movement (REM) stage of sleep. This cycle makes them dream. While dreaming, they may have a spasm that seems to run. They can wake up barking.
Do not worry. It is normal for your dog to do this while dreaming. Who knows, maybe they dream of playing and running with you?
8 – The dog’s leg moves when you scratch its belly
It is like a clock. When you scratch your dog’s belly, his back leg contracts. Your dog is not trying to impress you with a new skill. It is just an involuntary reaction to belly scratching. Your dog is called “scratch reflex. “When you scratch your dog’s belly, it’s an automatic response.
Scratching activates the nerves under the skin that connect to the spinal cord. A message is sent to the leg muscles to contract and remove anything that is touching the nerves in that area. Spasms don’t bother your dog, he’s just out for a walk, and a scratch on his belly is always a good thing.
9 – Sleep at your feet
Is there anything more beautiful than seeing your sleeping dog curled up at your feet? Sitting close to you is the way your pup is close to his pack leader, which is you. Your dog also shows affection to you by being around you. And if you have visitors around the house when your dog does this, it could be a subtle way of showing that your dog doesn’t want to share his territory with anyone.
Every now and then your dog may just need to get your attention, especially if he’s busy with work. They sit almost on top of you as if saying, “Could you pay attention to me?” Whatever the reason, your dog stays so close. It’s a sweet way they show you that they need you.
10 – Bowing the head
When your dog bows his head, doesn’t it make your heart melt? Maybe you thought about how smart your dog was apparently so curious. It could be that your dog is bright, or it could be that your puppy is just trying to hear what you say. According to the AKC experts, a dog has excellent hearing, but sometimes cannot distinguish the direction from which it is emitting a sound. Therefore, you will move your head to get clearer sound. That cute nod is probably not her rapt attention to your words, but just a practical listening maneuver.
Some breeds are more sociable and do so to encourage their puppy parent to continue paying attention to them. So, before you enter your dog for the prize of the the smartest dog of allJust know that the sweet tilt of your pup’s head is just his way of turning up the volume.
Four cool facts about dogs that you may not know
1 – Your dog is blameless
Your dog may drop his eyes and look guilty after chewing on his new couch, but in reality, it’s just your pup’s reaction to your scolding. Guilt is not an emotion that dogs can experience. Lucky for them.
2 – Your canine sees in color
It is an old woman’s tale that says that dogs only see in black and white. They see some colors, usually blue and yellow, but red and green look just like them. Your dog has better night vision than you and your dog can assimilate information faster than you, so your dog can catch a tennis ball at the speed of light.
3 – Be careful with the movement of the tail
You probably thought that when your dog wags its tail, it was a friendly gesture. But watch in which direction your dog’s tail is wagging. If your dog’s tail flicks to the right, he’s happy. But if they wag their tail to the left, it is a sign that your puppy is scared. A wiggle close to the ground means they feel insecure, and a quick movement with tense body muscles is a sure sign of aggression. So learn to read your dog’s tail movements so that you can interpret what is happening and how you should respond.
4 – Your dog can smell diseases
Dogs have the incredible ability to smell the organic compositions of the human body. They can smell diseases like cancer, diabetes, and the first signs of epilepsy.
5 – Your dog gets jealous
You already knew that your dog gets jealous. The researchers agree. They brought together a group of dogs and noticed that the dogs did not like their doggy parents to ignore them or show attention to another dog. They became aggressive, growling and biting the invader from their territory.
Dogs are fun, but sometimes difficult to understand. Hopefully, these explanations will help you get to know your dog better. Canine behaviors fascinate us and now you have a better idea of what your pup is trying to tell you.