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10 common behaviours in dogs explained

10 common behaviours in dogs explained

10 common behaviours in dogs explained

Have you ever wondered why your dog often repeats the same behaviours ? While some are easier to understand, such as wagging your tail, others are sometimes more mysterious.

Here are 10 common behaviors in demystified dogs.

1. Stir tail :

This is one of the most common behaviours in dogs. This can be explained in two ways :

If the tail is raised and the beat is fast and loud, toy is really happy! He can be happy to see you, go to the park, play, etc.
If the tail is low, the dog is anxious about a situation.

2. Barking non-stop :

Barking is obviously the most important form of communication in dogs.

For example, he may bark to warn his masters that a stranger is approaching the house (even if that stranger is only the postman or a nice delivery man).

The dog may also bark to "talk" to another dog, or to try to demonstrate its superiority to it.

A dog that barks non-stop, on the other hand, is more problematic :

Either he has mislearned how to attract attention.
Either he is stressed by a situation he is experiencing badly, like spending his days alone.
Either he feels threatened, whether that threat is legitimate or not.

3. Lean your head to the side :

Dogs have hearing much, much more developed than ours. So they can hear a very wide range of sounds that escape us.

Leaning your head to the side is a way for the dog to stop and pay attention to a sound. It can be your voice or something that it perceives in the distance and from which it tries to identify the origin.

4. Turn in circles before bed :

This comical behaviour dates back to the very old days when wolf dogs lived in packs in the wild.

Before going to bed, they flattened the grass under them to move any parasites. A good example of instinctive behavior that has remained, even if the need is no longer there!

5. Running after its tail :

A dog can do this strange behavior (which let's say, does not make it appear at the height of its intelligence!) for different reasons :

Either he is bored and has an irresistible urge to move.
Either he wants to get the attention of his masters and knows that this behavior will work.
Either his tail just stings him!

6. Scrape the floor :

This is a very instinctive behaviour: some of their wild cousins, such as foxes and wolves, dig burrows to raise their young. These burrows are associated with safety and comfort: in them, the young are protected from predators and are protected from extreme heat or cold.

Today's dogs often dig for :

Make yourself a comfortable little place to sleep.
Hide in the earth objects that he considers "precious", such as a treat or a toy. In nature, this behaviour was vital because it allowed them to stock up if they were to run out of food.

7. Sniffing humans or other dogs :

Like his hearing, the dog's sense of smell is extremely developed. Sniffing is the best way for him to recognize or analyze a human or another dog.

When two dogs cross paths and feel their butt, it is a very important exchange of information for them, even if their owners are mortified!

8. Screaming :

Howling is another form of communication in dogs, this time to:

Express a strong emotion. The dog will scream especially if he experiences an unpleasant experience, such as a violent storm.
If a dog screams when its owner leaves, this is derived from a pack behavior: the wolves howl when they want their leader to come back to them.

9. Lie on your back :

Like humans, dogs each have their favourite relaxing or sleeping positions... A dog lies on its back for a variety of reasons:

Either to relax your muscles or to cool down (dogs have less fur on their stomachs than on their backs).
Either because they feel safe (in packs wolves never sleep in this position, because they make them vulnerable).
Either because the dog simply likes to be flattered on the belly, which is more sensitive than his back, and by placing himself so he hopes to receive some hugs!

10. Lick :

Most often, a dog licks because it wants to show its submission and/or affection.

Puppies, on the other hand, lick, bite and devour sometimes inappropriate objects for the same reasons as human babies: at this stage of their development, oral stimulation is very important to explore the world around them.

Some dogs, on the other hand, may develop compulsive licking; in this case, it's best to consult.