Understanding Some of Your Dog’s “Weird” Behaviors

Have you ever watched your dog act or look in “strange” or “funny ways,” and wondered: “What is he thinking?” Ironically, your canine often thinks too that humans are weird creatures. Since dogs don’t really understand human language, how can you make sense more of what Fido wants or is “saying” during his eccentric moments?

So your puppy or dog eats pop sometimes (ugh!! gross, right?), chases his tail round and round, yawns like he’s bored with you, sniffs other dog’s behinds or cowers under the sheet and shivering when thunder booms? You think that’s ridiculous! And sometimes it irritates you; huh?

Well, it turns out that most of your dog’s odd behaviors are rooted in the early months of his life as a puppy. Puppies that had little contact or experience with people, the environment and other animals tend to be afraid of anything unfamiliar. That could explain their fear of thunders, and their tendency to easily get suspicious and aggressive towards the mailman or other technicians working around the house.

Aggressive and strange dog behavior

Let’s review some of the most common eccentric behaviors of your canine to help you understand him better, and so get less frustrated or angry with him (and perhaps treat him more kindly).

Tail chasing

dog tail chasing behavior

Photo by Taro the Shiba Inu

This one gives everyone a thrill; and if your dog senses you and your family and friends find his tail chasing funny, it could serve as a psychological reward for him, thereby causing him to reinforce that strange behavior.

What the problem is? Sometimes, Fido’s simply having a tick or flea problem and struggling to chew on its tail to relieve the itch. And sometimes, he’s just bored and feeling some stress. In contrast, he’ll often yawn when he’s bored or feels some underlying stress.

Some dogs spin round and round until they get dizzy. You certainly don’t want that if you really love your furry mate. To stop obsessive tail chasing behavior, make sure to keep your dog clean and pest-free. Get a tick/flea preventive from your veterinarian, diagnose and treat your dog’s dermatitis, and always remove tangles from his tail fur.

Also, don’t let your dog slip into boredom and anxiety due to isolation. Take a walk or do some exercise with him. Let your dogs socialize with other dogs, especially his own breed; and finally, train him never to spin.

Separation anxiety

weird dog behavior - dog sad waiting floor, sad dog pet

Dogs can show an amazing amount of emotions and attachment to their owners. Therefore, they can become very anxious or moody whenever the owner shows signs of leaving the home or when they arrive home again.  They’ll often whine or bark, which are signs of separation anxiety. That might always give you a tinge of joy as the owner, but likely ticks off your neighbour all of the time.

Just like humans, you may need to teach your dog some emotional control-behaviors, such as teaching them to lie down still until their object of excitement goes away or returns.

And you’ll need to do your own learning as well, for example, by making less of a fuss about your exit from or entrance into the home. Lastly, make sure to reward the dog if he learns as you too and stays calm.

Poop snack

Strange dog behavior - Coprophagia in dogs - when your dog eats their own faeces or stool

This weird behavior (called coprophagia) is common among puppies. But the behavior is breed-typical, which is why it helps to trace your dog’s origin. But, generally, this behavior doesn’t harm a pup and he’ll likely outgrow it by the time he’s one year old.

Also, to keep their whelping area clean after giving a birth, bitches eat their puppies’ feces. But if the behavior is too unsightly for you, you can simply deny your Fido access; and always walk your pup on a leash.

If your dog eats poop, it doesn’t make him crazy, as dogs are natural scavengers, and poop has protein.

Continuously sniffing before urinating or sniffing another dog’s behind

Humans simply can’t get all that ‘protocol’ a dog makes, circling round and round an area with his nose pressed to the ground, before finally relieving himself.

What the dog is also doing, besides wanting to urinate, is to communicate to other dogs, and be sure no other pup has previously urinated in that spot. That elimination process often takes a little time; so be patient.

Don’t forget also that a dog has a powerful sense of smell, which is one of their strongest means of communication. So, when your dog sniffs another behind, it isn’t always because of sexual tension. Sometimes, your dog is only trying to know the identity of the other dog by smelling the pheromones from the glands around its anus.

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