Dog parents are quite good at reading dog behavior. However, there are still things that dogs do that seem to defy explanation.
Every dog has his little quirks with oddball antics that we often find amusing. But have you ever wondered why dogs chase their tails, sniff their poop or are obsessed with digging? These dog behaviors may seem strange, but they are actually quite common.
Here are some of the weirdest dog behaviors that make you wonder, “why does my dog do that?!”
Running around in circles
You’ve probably heard of the “zoomies”. It’s when your dog gets hyper and runs around excitedly for no obvious reason to most people.
According to the American Kennel Club, zoomies are Frenetic Random Activity Periods (FRAPs). During this time, dogs release an excess buildup of energy in one big burst. Zoomies are characterized by frantic, repetitive behavior such as spinning around or running in circles.
Some dogs get zoomies after a meal, after a bath or after staying too long inside a crate. Stressful situations like visiting the vet can also trigger zoomies. While zoomies often occur in puppies, this odd dog behavior can also be seen in adult canines.
As long as your pup is not hurting himself, zoomies are no cause for alarm. However, frequent zoomies may also be a sign of a more severe problem. Take note of how often your dog exhibits this behavior and the underlying reason.
Many dogs love to dig around in the dirt. This tunneling behavior keeps them cool on a hot day or simply keeps them busy when they’re bored. Dogs will dig anywhere so make sure that your flower beds are secure. You can provide interesting toys or bones outside to help keep your dog entertained.
Digging after pooping
Dogs have scent glands in their paw pads. They tend to mark their territory after pooping. This is an instinctive behavior that goes back to ancestral dogs. Scratching the ground helps reinforce that your dog was there and left his mark.
Chasing their tail
This is another dog behavior that can be pretty amusing. Have you seen your dog chase his tail? It could mean that your puppy is curious and mastering his motor skills. In older dogs, tail-chasing may be their way of entertaining their humans.
However, it would help if you should keep this compulsive behavior in check. If your dog is continually chasing his tail, it could mean that he is not getting enough stimulation. Keep your dog busy with lots of toys and exercise. You should also check the tail for fleas and other parasites.
If your dog frequently chases his tail and hurts himself in the process, talk to your vet.
Scooting their rear
Dogs scoot their butts because there is some form of discomfort in their behind. One common reason is that the anal sacs are not emptying properly. When these sacs are full, your dog will drag his rear butt to get rid of the itch. Take your dog to the vet to get checked if the butt scooting does not stop. for an anal expression if the butt-scooting does not stop. Your vet can determine if your dog needs an anal expressions. If he does not, you might need to investigate further.
Sniffing other butts
How many times have you felt embarrassed in the park because your dog kept sniffing other butts? This is normal dog behavior! It is your dog’s way of saying hello to strangers and making new friends.
The canine nose has more than 220 million olfactory receptors – more than 40 times the human nose. This super-sniffing ability allows dogs to pick up detailed information about another dog especially if she is in heat.
Eating their own vomit
This very disgusting behavior can be appalling to humans but perfectly normal for dogs. Know, however, that it is second nature to dogs to eat regurgitated food. In fact, puppies often feed on partially digested food from their mothers.
Of course, this should not happen all the time. If your dog keeps vomiting, you should check with the vet why your pup can’t keep food down.
Eating their own poop
Another revolting dog behavior is feces eating. This is fairly common and often does not indicate a medical problem.
Known as coprophagia, this behavior is common in puppies who may have copied the habit from another dog. With proper nutrition and supervision, this dog behavior may clear up when the pup reaches adulthood. As well, training your dog the command of “leave it” is can assist with teaching your pup to leave his poop.
Mounting inanimate objects
Your dog has probably tried mounting his plush toy, the sofa leg, other dogs or even you! Some dogs do this to get your attention knowing that it gets a big response. In many cases, mounting behavior might be hormonal as a puppy starts to mature or goes into heat. Often, if a dogs mounts another dog, the receiving dog will correct the mounter. If a dog mounts a human, the behavior must be interrupted.
Dogs tend to lick their paws, the furniture and most especially you! They often do this as a sign of affection or boredom. Or, maybe they simply like the salty taste of your skin. Licking can be calming or soothing for a dog much like when people get a massage.
Excessive self-licking, however, can result in hot spots, hair loss or skin irritation. If your dog is bored, keep him occupied with alternative activities.
Positive reinforcement training can also help put a stop to extreme licking behavior. Learn how by talking to Kimberley Gracner, Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and Certified Professional Dog Trainer. Call 636-352-3104 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.