Adopting a puppy certainly brings lots of happiness. The little things they do, the way they always walk behind you, look lovingly into your eyes, and their cute little yawns certainly melt your heart. However, every now and then you must have been left wondering why is your dog performing certain actions and what is it that they are trying to say. Do not worry, you are not alone, every dog owner at some point in time is not able to figure out the reason behind their certain behaviors. And, this is exactly what we shall now help you discover – certain dog behaviors and what do they mean. Being aware of these different dog behaviors or signs and their meaning will certainly help you be a better dog parent. So, make sure you watch out for them and always react to the way the situation demands.
Brings You Things
Did your furry friend bring you his favorite slobber-covered ball or his squeaky toy with its stuffing all coming out? If you just threw it away thinking your pup just wanted to play fetch, you need to think again. Perhaps you just missed understanding what your pooch was trying to convey. Chances are he is just bringing you these things as a gift. It shows he really loves you because he is bringing you those things that he needs and loves.
When He Yawns
Although you might think he needs some sleep, a dog yawn doesn’t usually mean he’s tired. He may be interested in napping, but he could also be showing a sign of fear or stress. If your dog appears to yawn at an increased rate around a new person, don’t rush the introduction. He’s either picking up vibes he doesn’t feel comfortable with or is fearful for a less-obvious reason. No matter what the case, a forced introduction isn’t a good idea.
Harms Your Furniture
Everyone, of course, dislikes this action but you need to understand that there is a deeper meaning attached. If your puppy is nervous or untrained and is chewing on your furniture then this could be a sign of separation anxiety. If this is not the case, then it may mean they are bored and you need to make sure they get enough exercise and have a whole lot of fun.
One Paw Up In The Air
Most people believe that when their pooch has one of their paws up in the air it means they are worried but this actually just reflects their concentration. If they have their head down and one paw up they probably are going to pounce on something.
Dogs expel most of their body heat from their mouths. When your dog pants, he’s probably too warm, so he is regulating his body temperature. However, it’s important to pay attention to panting, as he may do it when in pain as well. Help your pal regulate his temperature and make sure he’s well hydrated before any physical activity–especially as the weather warms up. If your dog was injured, get him to the vet immediately. Some other health problems may also show increased panting as a sign, so if you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact your vet.
Have you ever watched your dog drag himself across the floor, with his bottom on the ground? It may seem funny (or kind of disgusting). But it is also called scooting, and it means there’s something irritating your dog’s anus. It’s possible that your pup’s anal sacs are full and need to be expressed. If your dog’s anal sacs aren’t backed up, the problem could be an irritation for some other reason. Allergies may only show up as an itchy rear. While it’s common to blame worms, it is an uncommon reason for the behavior. Check with your veterinarian to be sure your pal is on an appropriate parasite prevention program. Finally, a dog who’s a grass-eater, or likes to lick around the house, could have strands of grass or hair trapped in his anus that he’s rubbing the ground to get out. This is the least-severe reason for scooting but the easiest for you to help him take care of.
Suddenly Sits On Your Feet
Now, this could mean different things depending on the personality of your pooch. He might do this just to be really close to you, to feel comfortable after he has been away from you for long, show that you are his in front of other animals or people, or just can be reflective of his dominant personality. If you understand your pet well you will be able to figure out which interpretation fits the situation best. This is often mistaken for possessive behavior, but is most often a sign of anxiety or nervousness. “Dominance” is rarely the problem; your dog is probably trying to feel safer by staying close. Anxiety is often more than a dog trainer is qualified to help with so discuss the behavior with your veterinarian and see if your dog would benefit from a referral to a veterinary behavior specialist.
Constant Eye Contact
This depends much on how exactly your dog is staring at you. If she is looking into your eyes with a normal expression it is one of the best ways she can show you her affection. If she stares at you without blinking when you are leaving home it shows a little separation anxiety and also the fact that she trusts you will come back.
Tongue flicking is when your dog extends her tongue straight out of her mouth and immediately retracts it. This signifies discomfort with some unwanted contact or some unfamiliar person that is making your pooch anxious. If your dog is very submissive then this could be her way of appeasing an even more dominant presence.
If you ever notice your furry baby hunching and trying to make himself as small as he can then it is very easy to understand that he is really, really scared. Chances are dogs that do this have been abused. So, if you notice your pet displaying such a sign ever, you need to be gentle with him and give him more affection and love.