5 Weird Dog Behaviors Explained
We’ve all been there: You’re at the dog park and your playful pup mounts another dog and goes to town. “But he’s neutered!” you say apologetically. Dogs have some pretty peculiar behaviors that often leave humans scratching their heads in bewilderment. Because you probably have a lot of the same questions we do when it comes to decoding your dog’s quirks, we listed some common dog behaviors and explanations below.
Tilting her head to the side
Head tilting is easily one of the most amusing and adorable behaviors our pups exhibit. Whistling, speaking in a certain tone of voice, and making funny noises all seem to make our pups turn their heads left and right. While the exact reason for this behavior has yet to be determined, behaviorists seem to agree that our dogs are trying to make sense of what they hear, and may be trying to pick out words they know, like “walk” or “treat.”
Thrashing and shaking toys
Does your dog ever start wildly thrashing her toy back and forth during a game of tug-of-war? When your pup takes a toy in her mouth and vigorously shakes it, she’s channeling one of her most primal canine instincts: killing. However, your domesticated pup isn’t actually trying to murder her favorite toy – she’s just exhibiting healthy play behavior.
Humping other dogs or people
As a dog owner, there’s nothing quite as embarrassing as seeing your dog mount a houseguest or another dog at the dog park. Contrary to popular belief, this behavior is usually not for sexual reasons nor is it an attempt to dominate. If your dog is neutered or spayed, he or she is probably just excited or looking for attention. You can curb this behavior by simply ignoring it.
Walking in circles before lying down
Does your dog walk in small circles before lying down for a nap? While you know this behavior is silly and that your dog’s chosen spot will be just as comfy regardless of how many times he circles around, Fido just can’t be convinced. This is because when your dog’s ancestors lived in the wild, they would walk around a particular spot to make a soft bed from leaves, grass and debris.
Sniffing other dogs’ butts
A dog’s butt is the last place we humans would want to stick our nose to say “Hello.” But for dogs, this is totally normal and socially acceptable behavior. Why butts? Your dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times stronger than yours, and the rear end of another canine has a lot of revealing scents that tell your dog critical information about his new friend or foe.
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