Odd dog behaviors given a K9 explanation

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Pets Aware News resident dog expert, Professor K9, is offering some thoughts this week on the subject of the odd behaviors that leave question marks on every owner’s mind. He feels that his lesser (in his opinion) friends of the K9 kinds behave quite strangely, and offers some reasons why.

Mind you, this professor is a little snooty. He does give some very plausible explanations and tries his best to be intelligent.

Give him a go, and listen to his bark.

Here’s Professor K9.

Professor K9’s take on some odd dog behaviors and what they mean

Thank you, Michelle.

These are just everyday observations of our sometimes rather off-the-wall, oddball canine companions.

Some of the friends of my K9 kind sometimes behave in rather strange ways, much to my stoic amusement.

Some of their actions are so typical of these beings. Their eating habits are a little queer, as so are some of the totally incomprehensible things they sometimes do.

With my academic brilliance, I hope to offer some explanation for these perplexing behaviors, which I am sure hold familiarity. I also offer some suggestions to prevent some of these silly behaviors and to stop them from becoming annoying. (Yes, I am not proud to say it, but I personally find that these silly beings can be a pain in the canine snout if not checked).

Some odd dog behaviors

Sniffing other dogs’ behinds

Why a canine likes to sniff the behind of another, I find to be a little embarrassing, being a superior dog myself. Still, there is a reason for what these fellows do.

You see, each of us – mine must be better than the others of course – has an unusual butt scent.

That tells other dogs who we are, just as how you look shows who you are.

Now, nearly every pug looks like me, though I am not proud to admit it. Professor K9 is of greater quality, and the only way for other dogs to know this is for others to give me a good sniff at the rear.

Doing a 360 degree revolution before sitting

I wonder how some of us canines can keep turning around without developing insane giddiness and whooping nausea. Still, do it they must and here is why.

We canines, much to the misfortune of Prof K9, have wild ancestry. Back in the old days, dogs like myself slept in the wild and had to turn around to ensure that their tails flattened any tall grass before they could lie down comfortably.

The odd habit stuck in the course of the evolution process, of course,so some of us who simply cannot help ourselves have to do a spin before settling down.

Eating poop

Ugh…this really gets my well-groomed coat, or goat. Dogs like me have developed a mad taste for poop. Some mums even eat the poop of their puppies as dessert!

Now, we shall try to extend our doggy friends a little empathy. Back in the old days, when dogs were like cavemen, poop was a way for predators to detect where they lived. To prevent that from happening, the only recourse was to consume poop as a regular meal.

Not to mention that puppies and puppy poop are the equivalents of a swiss delicacies for humans because of their high milk content. So to keep predators away, poor mum had, or has, to eat.

Eww! Licking!

This is just one of the things we have to accept from our favorite dogs, and even like it, though I will get a little iffy when my canine friends do it. So why do they lick?

Well, the first thing that gets shuttled out from a mother’s womb at birth is the puppies tongue. Thereafter, we grew used to licking as a form of grooming (why my mother started on it, though I will NEVER understand).

Yes, we would assume correctly. Licking is a sign of loyalty and is a way for my lesser friends to say “i love you.” It is also a submissive gesture. The less dominant of the pack would lick the alpha dogs, and so on.

Tail wagging

I have always wondered how some of us dogs can wag that tail without it ever leaving their bodies. I have tried, time and again, to delve into the mystery of the tail.

And I have finally found an answer to the question of “Why does a dog’s tail wag?”

It can be for many reasons. When the tail is low and curved in a U shape, you, and everything else, are in that dog’s good books.  If the wagging takes place over a sleeping baby or someone sedated on a sofa, then it is the pre launch of an attack.

Mynameisgigi, CC-BY, via Creative Commons

Mynameisgigi, CC-BY, via Creative Commons

Humping

Oh, yes, humans have motivations for humping, and so do dogs. I am glad to say that they are not the same.

Some of my friends of good old dogdom have an ego. They wish to be the “alpha” dog, and reign over all the other tramps.

No one humps the alpha dog…humping goes down the ladder!

taro,CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Creative Commons

taro,CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Creative Commons

Tail chasing

Why we send ourselves into this frenetic frenzy over one of our canine ligaments will remain somewhat of a mystery to me.

But Prof K9 would say that tail chasing is a sign of doggy OCD. A bored dog might be fascinated with movement near his rear end and simply begin chasing it. Humans find it amusing to watch, the affirmed canine gets his attention, and so repeats more of this behavior.

The best thing to do in such cases is to just ignore us, but not me, of course.

Pica

This is the strange doggy phenomenon of eating non food objects. Some of us canines are in need of behavioral redirection, because we become so bored that we will start to chew.

Watch out for your slippers, bath mats, and pens or pencils on the ground if you have one of us around who has not been let out in a while.

Barking

Prof K9 is sad to say that some of us dogs love to have our voices heard. Perhaps we are easily spooked.

If you have one of us around who is a phantom barker, try observation for a few days. It could just be the good old mailman putting letters in the mailbox or the neighbor taking the trash out.

Dawn Huczek, CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Creative Commons

Dawn Huczek, CC-BY-SA 2.0 via Creative Commons

Digging

This is perhaps the canine behavior that makes the most sense. I myself am prone to a little treasure hunting.

Yes, I love the good old rodent once in a while and will dig for it.

This digging instinct is especially strong in some of my terrier cousins. Sometimes, a den dug in the Earth is just a way for us to get some shelter and to get away from other smelly dogs and humans.

Separation anxiety

Gosh, Professor Canine simply cannot listen to a whiner.

That is, of the doggy kind.

Whine they will, though, because they have been separated from other members of their pack. It is like being left alone at home.

Try a long walk before leaving the house  if you happen to have a canine whiner at home. The exercise might leave her in a more relaxed state of mind. Gradually increase the times you spend away from your dog.

Other preventive measures

For Barking

There are some insecure canine folk among us, so these oddities will need to learn that the things they are afraid of are associated with positive experiences.

If they are afraid of the sounds a neighbor makes, assure these odd fellows with a biscuit treat that there is nothing wrong.

Extrinsic motivation works best with lesser canine minds.

For boredom, pica and poop eating

To stop our canine minds from degenerating to bored bliss, try exercising them. Unlike the too intelligent Prof K9, some dogs will need mental stimulation like Kong toys or a food puzzle to keep their minds active.

Keeping the mind occupied will turn poop eating into a useless hobby.

For humping

Well, if our humping is objectionable…see a vet for some outer removal.

For digging

Canines have the urge to upset the Earth, just as humans have a need to dig in our human core.

This is why parents placate crying children with a trip to the sandbox in the playground-to give them a place to dig.

Try giving your dog a specific place to dig in your yard. The exercise might be good for the mind.

I hope that Prof K9 has provided some helpful explanations and some solutions for stopping your dog’s odd behavior.

Till the next time,

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19 Replies to “Odd dog behaviors given a K9 explanation”

  1. One of my Malti-poos turns the food bowl over and eats the food off the floor. The other one takes a mouthful of food to the other room, drops it on the floor under a bar stool, and eats it there, going back and forth until she is satisfied. I think these qualify as strange pet behavior! Thanks for the advice!

    1. Hi Susan, come to think of it, mine does too! She loves to take her food and eat it elsewhere, especially if my other dog is around. Guess it’s defensive behavior! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I love your humor! Thank you for putting a smile to my face going over those funny and odd things dogs do.

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