DOGS are known to be some of the most loving pets to have, but that is not to say we don’t have burning questions about why they act the way they sometimes do.
Here are some of the possible explanations for the weirder traits that your dog may possess….
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Why does my dog eat grass?
A species thousands of years old, dogs are scavengers who will eat anything and everything.
Though they love eating meat, they’re not carnivores in the way cats are, which is why they often munch on grass.
Thankfully, most experts believe it’s nothing to worry about.
Why does my dog lick me?
Wild dogs often lick each other’s faces as an affectionate greeting, so they’ve carried this characteristic into their domestic lives.
They might also simply enjoy the salty taste of human skin.
And licking is said to release pleasurable endorphins which gives dogs a feeling of comfort.
So next time your dog licks you, it probably means it is really happy!
Why does my dog smell?
Dogs don’t sweat like humans do, via glands in their skin.
Instead they perspire from their paws and hair follicles, with a chemical scent unique to each dog.
So although that ‘doggy’ smell is universal from our perspective, they don’t smell the same to each other.
In some cases, a bad smell could also be a sign of dental disease or infected ears.
Why is my dog always panting?
Because dogs don’t sweat, their way of cooling down is to pant heavily, letting the heat escape through their mouths instead.
They’re likely to do this in warm weather or after exercising, but it could also be a sign of heatstroke or a respiratory disorder.
Obesity can also be a cause of excessive panting in dogs.
Why does my dog shake?
If your dog sits on your feet he might be trying to ‘claim’ you, but watch out for shaking – that could mean that they are scaredDogs might shake due to stress or fear, and it can also be a normal sign of ageing.
However, a condition called canine distemper can cause dogs to tremble, occurring in puppies which haven’t been fully vaccinated.
Sometimes if a dog is surrounded by lots of unusual noise in thunderstorms or fireworks. Some will even respond this way if there’s a lot of unusual noise nearby because of construction or sirens.
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Why does my dog sit on my feet?
Your dog probably enjoys sitting close to you as a way of getting guaranteed attention.
Some people believe it’s also a sign of dominance, possession and their own way of “claiming” you.
It also transfers their smell onto your foot to warn other dogs who pick up the scent.
Why does my dog hide things?
Hoarding food is a common canine instinct, dating back to when dogs lived in packs and had to compete with one another.
By burying their food in the ground, the dirt would act as a natural refrigerator and also prevent other dogs from picking up the scent.
So it’s completely normal behaviour if your dog decides to bury food or bones, or even hides his toys under the sofa.
Why does my dog tilt its head?
Dogs aren’t capable of locating the source of a sound as quickly as we are, so they might tilt their head to help them to do so.
However, they’re also very good at reading signals in our voices, which is why they get excited when you ask if they want to go for a walk.
They will tilt their head and prick their ears in order to pick up on positive or negative inflections in your voice.
Why does my dog chew everything?
Quite simply, a dog that’s left alone for too long will feel bored and under-stimulated, causing them to behave destructively to keep themselves entertained.
When they’re puppies, chewing helps the teething process so it’s important they have toys they’re allowed to gnaw on.
For older dogs, it can help to keep jaws and teeth strong and alleviate frustration.
Just like humans, your dog might lick its lips when it has a dry mouth[/caption]
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Why does my dog lick its lips?
A fairly ‘human’ characteristic, if your dog licks his lips, it could mean there’s something stuck in his teeth, he’s enjoying the taste of something or he has a dry mouth and might be thirsty.
It could also mean that they are stressed or feel uncomfortable about what is going on around them, and could be a sign of guilt if they are being scolded by their owner.
In some cases, excessive lip licking could indicate a health issue like dental disease or mouth pain.