What is Your Dog’s Behavior Telling You?
For centuries, dogs have been a popular companion and for good reason, they are loyal, relieve stress, and offer unconditional love to their human companions. The American Pet Products Association (APPA) estimates that 54 million U.S. households have at least one dog as a pet. While dogs are a beloved addition to many families, they can often be complex and their behaviors can be difficult to understand. Sadly, as a result, some dogs are misunderstood, improperly cared for, and sent to be put up for adoption or euthanized.
Taking the time to decipher your dog’s behavior can strengthen your bond and keep him or her the happy and loyal friend you know and love.
Why Does My Dog Pant?
On a hot day or after you’ve taken your dog on a walk, you may notice that your dog is panting loudly and heavily. In most cases, your dog is panting to regulate his or her body temperature. However, in some circumstances, dogs may pant to cope with pain, when anxious, stressed, or are afraid. Assess the environment and try to determine why your dog may be panting. If he or she seems afraid or stressed, try to make him or her feel more relaxed.
My Dog is Destructive!
Does your dog seem content during the weekend, but destroy household items during the work week? Your destructive dog is trying to tell you something. It’s not that he or she disrespects your personal belongings, but rather is vying for your attention. Dogs that are left alone during the day or receive considerably less attention during the week versus the weekend, are likely to destroy out of boredom or loneliness. Adjusting your schedule to make up for your dog’s alone time may fix the issue.
Why Do Dogs Bark?
It’s natural for dogs to bark and sometimes, a bark from a strange dog may even be unsettling. Barking is a dog’s way of communicating and sometimes the message may be as clear as “Someone is at the door” or something more complex such as boredom, fear, or confusion. Rather than yelling at your dog, which he or she may see as your “bark”, try to get to the bottom of the bark and make proper changes in the household.
See also: “Pet Behavior Problems” by PetCube.com
My Dog is a Digger
Some dogs dig, others do not. If your dog digs holes in the yard or under the fence, it may be an annoying mess and may even make you look twice before you twist your ankle in a freshly dug hole, but it’s an instinctual thing. Since the beginning of time, dogs have dug to hide food, uncover food, or look for small rodents. Don’t take your dog’s digging personal.
Help! My Dog Bites
Just like barking, a dog may bite a person as a way of communicating and despite the thought that all bites reflect an aggressive dog, some dogs bite out of fear or if they feel threatened. While there’s little reason to excuse a biting dog, it’s important to determine why he or she may bite and try to curb the behavior. According to Scott C. Gottlieb, Binghamton injury lawyer, when a dog bites, depending on where you live, the owner can be held liable. While your dog may have acted out to protect him or herself, a dog bite can be serious and even fatal, therefore, it’s important to understand your dog’s behavior and learn to change a situation before he or she acts out and bites.
“What Your Dogs Behavior is Telling You” was written by Matt Rhoney
Matt Rhoney is an avid reader on trending topics and a writer in his spare time. On the beautiful coast of North Carolina you will usually find him catching up on the latest news with locals or on the beach surfing, kayaking or paddle boarding. He loves to write pieces on health, fitness, and wellness, but often writes about families and safety.
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