Interpreting Common Dog Behaviours & the Meaning Behind His Moods
Your pup's actions tell you a lot about his mood. And although you may not be fluent in the canine tongue – short of what it means when it salivates – you do need to learn how to interpret dog behaviour. Have you ever witnessed your dog licking certain textures or circling the same spot in front of you? There are many reasons a specific dog state of mind or health concern may cause him to do these things. Once you pay attention to his behaviour, you'll be able to help him.
Dogs afraid of thunder
Fear of thunder is a common phobia in dogs. It is usually marked by hiding, whining, barking, pawing or even urination.
Dogs that dig
If your dog is slowly turning your garden into a cratered moonscape then try not to despair, because dogs that dig are only doing what comes naturally. The first step you should take, is to try to identify the reason why he is digging. Dogs may dig because of a predatory instinct or they may be digging to bury bones or toys.
Eating Dog Poo
You've taken your dog for a walk, you've just finished telling the neighbour how well behaved he is and all of a sudden you catch him eating dog poo. Ugh! What could possess him to do this? Coprophagia (the technical term for faeces eating) is unpleasant but not uncommon behaviour among dogs. The good news is that eating faeces won't generally hurt your dog.
Choosing the Best Toys for Your Dog
One of the best things about being a pet parent of a dog is how much they love to play, and choosing the best dog toys is an important part of your relationship. Whether you're playing a game of fetch or watching him roll around to entertain himself, toys are an important part of your dog's well-being. What should you consider when choosing the best ones?
When chewing becomes destructive
Dogs use their mouths in much the same way we use our hands - as tools for exploring. This means they examine anything they find interesting by chewing and gnawing it. Unfortunately, with some dogs this chewing becomes destructive and a problem.
Why do dogs eat grass?
Your dog is a descendent of the mighty wolf, a noble hunter and confirmed carnivore. You feed him meals of the best possible quality, so why does he insist on eating grass? While no-one is entirely sure why dogs eat grass, pet intuitionalists are fairly certain it's just normal canine behaviour and certainly nothing to worry about.