To build a better relationship with your dog, you can begin by working to understand the meaning and causes behind some of the most common dog behaviors. This article explains some of the reasons why dogs behave the way they do and how best you can relate to them.
There are different reasons why people chose to own a dog. While some people just naturally love dogs and chose to keep one or more, some may want a dog to help fill an emptiness left from some emotional trauma. Some parents may decide to get a dog for their kids just to make them happy. Whichever is purpose for wanting to own a dog, it is important to understand the reasons why dogs behave the way they do. Making efforts to understand the natural roots of dog behavior is vital to getting acquainted with your canine friend.
Reasons Why Dogs Behave The Way They Do
Why Does a Dog Chase its Tail?
According to a research by a group of Turkish researchers at the University of Uludag in Bursa, Turkey, the reason why a dog chase its tail may be biological. A connection was found between habitual tail-chasing and high blood-cholesterol levels.
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The team examined 15 tail-chasing dogs to establish the fact that they had no other problem or diseases while fifteen healthy, dogs with normal behavior were used as controls. Each dog’s blood sample was taken after a 12–16-hour fasting period. Total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglyceride, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels were all measured.
The scientists discovered that that the tail-chasing dogs had expressively higher levels of total cholesterol and both high- and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol than did the control dogs. The other measures did not differ between the two groups. The research team deduced from the results that dog tail-chasing behavior may be linked with serum cholesterol elevation.
Why Do Dogs Spin Around Before They Defecate?
Dogs act in strange ways, before or after they defecate. Some dogs will normally spin around before they squat to have a bowel movement. Some even eat their poo or kick their back legs over it. According to study, dogs prefer defecating while their body is aligned north-to-south with the earth’s magnetic fields
Why Do Some Dogs Suck on Items such as Blankets?
Some dogs suck or chew on blankets, a behavior is said to be connected with the dog’s experience as a puppy. Breeds that are famous for blanket-sucking behavior are Dachshunds and Doberman Pinschers. Dobermans suck on blankets and also on themselves.
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Puppies are born with a nature to nurse at mother’s “milk bar,” and if provided with this opportunity, they will suck to their satisfaction, or until at some later stage of development when the female kicks against their attempts. Occasionally, some pups will still return to their mother’s milk bar for a comfort suckle even when the milk bar is dried up, particularly if they become terrified by surrounding events.
Why Do Dogs Pant?
When dogs pant, they regulate their body temperature. Dogs perspire through the pads on their feet. When they pant, most of their body heat is expelled through their mouth. Dogs also pant to cope with pain.
Why Do Dogs Jump up?
When dogs jump, it may appear look like play behavior or an eager greeting. However, jumping may be a sign that your dog is attempting to declare its authority over you. You may be strengthening the behavior unknowingly by encouraging jumping up with affection.
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Why Do Dogs Chew on Items?
One of the reasons why dogs behave the way they do may be because of boredom. Your dog may develop the tendency to chew on toys and other objects in order to get rid of the pain of a new set of teeth coming in. A full grown dog may take on their chewing behavior on your couch, cushions or favorite pair of shoes. They chew not because they enjoy the taste, but it could rather be a sign of separation anxiety or boredom.
Another possible reason why dogs chew on items is because the early dogs in the wild were meant to hunt and feed on prey by biting or ripping flesh and chewing on bones. However, dogs now are often fed soft canned food or crunchy foods. Nevertheless, their intuitive nature to chew on things just as they did when they were wild is still there. So, when there’s nothing around for them to chew on, they take it out on your bags or shoes. So, endeavor to get chewable toys for your dogs
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