What Your Dog Is Trying to Tell You...
It's that time of the month where we provide some handy tips and tricks to keep your pet in tip top shape.
The topic for this month is...dog behaviour!
Have you ever wondered what your furry friend is trying to tell you with those wagging tails and soulful eyes?
In an effort to better understand our canine companions, we've rounded up the top 8 ways your dog tries to communicate with you, and what each one means.
Behaviour 1: Tail Wagging
Dog's wag their tails to express numerous emotions including: Joy, excitement or alertness. A relaxed wag usually means happiness, while a more rigid stiff wag might signal that the dog is on high alert and is exercising caution. Pay attention to the speed and height of the wag for clues about your dog's mood.
Behaviour 2: Pricked Ears & Head Tilting
Pricked ears have been shown to express a dog's level of focus and interest. Have you witnessed your dog's ears prick up and their head tilt when you speak to them? This is your dog's way of letting you know that they are listening to what you have to say.
Behaviour 3: Tucked Tail
If you notice your dog tucking its tail between their legs, this likely means that your dog is currently experiencing some levels of fear and anxiety. Depending on the situation, it's important to reassure your dog that they are safe and to comfort them.
For example, if your dog tends to get nervous around new humans, it wouldn't be ideal to allow your dog to engage in avoidance behaviour and not allow them to see new people. Instead, slowly expose your dog to new individuals and support them through the experience.
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Behaviour 4: Bowing
When a dog bows with their with their hind end in the air, this is a playful, friendly behaviour that means your dog is inviting you (or other dogs) to play. If you aren't in the mood to play with them, try not to discourage the behaviour.
Behaviour 5: Sniffing The Air
It is well known that dogs have a very strong sense of smell. A dog's snout is its key to exploring its surroundings. When a dog sniffs the air it signals curiosity about the scents around them.
Behaviour 6: Chewing
Chewing on items is a behaviour more common in younger dogs, and is done to relieve boredom and stress. To combat this behaviour, provide some strong brain stimulating toys which can keep your dog entertained and away from chewable household items.
Behaviour 7: Shaking
If you see your dog shaking this could mean a number of things like: they are cold, nervous, excited or uncomfortable. If your dog is shaking constantly and it is leaving you worried, consider a check-up at your vet to rule out any underlying health concerns.
Behaviour 8: Eating Grass
Dog's need roughage in their diets, which is why they tend to eat grass to help aid digestion. Grass is a great source of fibre, making occasional consumption harmless. If you notice your dog has an upset stomach or an allergic reaction after consuming grass, it may be best to discourage the behaviour.
So there we have it, eight different behaviours to look out for in your dog to get a better understanding of what they are feeling.
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