Dogs and Its Strange Behaviors

Dogs may not appear to be as mysterious as cats, but they still exhibit a number of perplexing habits. Many canine body languages and social indicators are difficult for humans to understand. It’s impossible to translate a dog’s need to scoot butts, hump legs, and chase his own tail.

To help you better understand your dog’s strange habits, we’ve compiled a list of few weird canine behaviors. Read on!

» Chasing the Tail

Wouldn’t you chase your tail if you had one? This entertaining activity is merely a fun method for your dog to let off energy. If your dog does this on a regular basis, it could be suffering from analgia or flea allergic dermatitis (FAD). Tail chasing might be a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder in some situations. If you can’t get your dog to stop chasing its tail, or if you suspect a medical problem, consult your veterinarian.

» Cocking Head

Whistling, speaking in a high-pitched voice, or even making funny noises can trigger head tilting, one of the cutest and most humorous canine habits. It’s unclear why dogs cock their heads to the side, but behaviorists believe it’s because they’re attempting to make sense of what they’re hearing. They might also be looking for a keyword, such as “walk” or “fetch,” to see if what you’re saying will lead to anything enjoyable or rewarding. Another reason your dog might turn its head is to better determine where a sound is coming from.

If your dog is tilting its head to one side without a clear cause, it may have a medical problem and should visit a veterinarian.

» Eating Poop

This is a disgusting habit. In medical terms, it is called Coprophagy (consuming feces). It’s possible that your dog is hungry. He might enjoy the scent and flavor. It’s conceivable that he’s deficient in certain nutrients. It’s possible he’s just having a good time. We don’t want to dwell on it, so for the sake of everyone’s comfort, we’ll just advise that if your dog enjoys eating you-know-what, seek help from your veterinarian.

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» Howling

Wolves use howls to communicate with pack members who may be far away. To enforce rank, they also make a loud, low-pitched sound. In the wild, it makes sense, so why do domestic dogs do it? It could simply be a trait inherited from their forefathers, but behaviorists believe that howling is both inherently essential and rewarding for dogs.

» Humping

Is this a scenario you’ve seen before? At the dog park, everyone is having a fantastic time until Buddy mounts another dog. Buddy’s parents are humiliated and remorseful. Humping isn’t normally done for sexual purposes, whether it’s on other dogs, your leg, or an object. It’s also unlikely that it’s an attempt to dominate. Dogs who have been neutered or spayed are more inclined to hump when they are enthusiastic or seeking attention. Ignore the behavior or try to redirect it with a treat or toy to avoid embarrassment.

» Staring

Do your dog’s eyes always seem to be fixed on you? He’s probably anticipating you’ll give him a treat or lavish praise and affection on him. After all, it’s difficult to ignore those beseeching, puppy-dog eyes. It’s necessary to keep in mind that some dogs find direct eye contact to be dangerous. So, before you return your eyes to him, be sure he isn’t acting aggressively or fearfully.

» Walking in circles before lying down

Sometimes all we want to tell our dogs is that no matter how many times they walk in a circle before lying down in their bed, it won’t impact the amount of comfort in their sleeping quarters. This strange practice can be traced back to your dog’s forefathers. When wolf-like dogs lived in the wild, behaviorists believe they would wander around a location patting down the leaves, grass, and other detritus to create a suitable nesting area.

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» Scooting Butts

The “boot scoot,” when a dog drags its hindquarters over the floor, is a common sight. Though the behavior itself may appear amusing, the motive for it is usually not amusing. It is common for dogs to drag their bottoms as a symptom of discomfort, and it can be caused by:

  • Anal sacs that are irritated, clogged, or abscessed
  • Tapeworm, an intestinal parasite
  • A sore or unclean bottom
  • A rectal prolapse (part of the large intestine protrudes through the anus)
  • A cut or a tumor

An occasional scoot is usually not caused for alarm. However, if your dog is dragging their backside across the ground on a regular basis, consult your veterinarian.

Bottom Line:

Dogs have a variety of odd habits, most of which are harmless and interesting. However, if your dog is behaving strangely or doing something that concerns you, the best thing you can do is speak with your veterinarian.