Bury things? ~
Dogs like to bury things. Sometimes that means finding a bone or a toy under a fresh pile of dirt in your backyard. Other times, it may mean discovering the TV remote at the bottom of the laundry basket under all your dirty clothes, or wondering how your phone got under the couch cushion.
Though these things may seem different, they are all really signs of the same thing: your dog’s natural instinct to keep “his” things safe and protected — regardless of whether or not they’re actually his. Why do dogs do this?
Short answer: because it used to be necessary for their survival.
Chase their tails? ~
Here are a few reasons dogs chase their tails.
3. Something’s wrong
Curl up in a ball? ~
It might seem like your dog would be more comfortable sprawled out on the couch than curled up in a little ball in the corner—and he probably would be! But some dogs sleep curled up nonetheless. Why? Blame evolution!
Yes, in “deep sleep” of normal doggie stuff, and smaller dogs dream more than larger dogs.
How do you know if your dog is having a dream? Simple. Watch him or her after they fall asleep. If you notice odd movements or sounds around 20 minutes in, you can bet that your dog is probably having some kind of adventure.
Eat poop? ~
Although we don’t like our dogs to do it – it’s common for dogs to eat feces. Mother dogs usually eat the feces of their puppies to keep the area clean & hide evidence of the puppies from “predators”. Dogs may start to do it out of boredom and/or confinement and some dogs learn by seeing other dogs do it and then decide they like it! Puppies tend to experiment by putting everything in their mouth.
In the wild, wolves howl to tell a lost member of their pack where they are or to ward off another animal that’s encroaching on their territory. For domesticated dogs, this may translate to howling at sirens (“Hey, I’m over here!”), howling when a strange dog comes near (“Too close, buddy!”), or both.
In our house, it’s not just the dog. Jake bites & humps my arm after he goes outside carousing. I blow on his head to make him stop. Tessie has started humping Casey. She stands up, wraps her paws around his neck, and does her little hump dance. And, Casey loves to hump my leg. Usually, it’s before or after mealtime and/or when he’s excited. I have bruises to prove it, because he wraps his front paws around me like a vise. When I know he’s about to try it, I knee him gently or put my leg up behind me.
Why it happens
First off, humping, mounting, and masturbation are completely normal behaviors in both male and female dogs. It’s something that’s in their DNA, and they do it for all kinds of reasons.
When and how to correct the behavior
We’ve talked about how “normal” this behavior is, but what does that really mean? In specific terms, a dog that humps once or twice a day is displaying normal behavior that you don’t need to worry about correcting – at least not for her sake.
But if the action bothers or embarrasses you, or if you just want to know how to stop your dog from engaging in it during certain situations to avoid getting themselves into trouble . . . .
Give her a time out
If your pup humps people (potentially including you), start by pushing her off and saying no. Still not working? Close her off in a room all by herself (and without any fun toys). Leave her there for a minute or two, then release her and act like nothing happened. If the humping begins again, repeat the process.
Science says “yes.”
And, I second that! Tessie gets jealous if I shower too much attention on Jake.
One of the most common reasons that many dogs nudge is simply to say “hi.” So if you come home from a long day at work to some nose-nudging, it might just be your pup greeting you.
This one is a broad category that covers everything from a dog nudging food bowls that are empty (“Waiter, I’d like more!”) to nudging toys toward you (“Let’s play!”) to nudging you if you were giving them affection and suddenly stopped (“Don’t stop!”). They want you to pay attention and, often, to do something specific for them.
Spin in circles? ~
When your dog circles on the living-room floor before taking a nap, he is actually acting out a primordial sequence that has been in his family’s genes for many thousands of years . . . . wild dogs walk in circles to flatten the grass before lying down in order to create a safe and comfortable nest.
Wet nose? ~
5 reasons your dog has a wet nose
1. Because they secrete mucus
2. Because dogs tend to lick them a lot
3. Because it helps them to cool down
4. Because dogs’ noses tend to pick up moisture
5. Because they’re born that way
A dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean your dog is sick.