When you have a pet at home, in this case we will talk about dogs, there are many things that we do not know about them. It is difficult for us to understand if when they perform certain behaviors they do it because we do not educate them correctly, to play or because they are having a health problem. That is, we learn the basics, but there are many things that we surely do not know about our dog companion.
In this article from Expert Animal you will discover 8 things that dogs do to get our attention, there are many more and, surely, you will have many examples that do not come to mind because whoever shares their life with a canine knows that life is about anecdotes.
1.They bark, sometimes a lot …
It is a fact that dogs bark. I think we all know that. But, when to recognize if it is happiness, welcome or alert? Barking in dogs is another part of their communication, both between their own species and with others, including man.
In order to control their barking, we must first understand why they do so. This article will help those who want more information about the case. For those who do not, we will keep the different types of barking. They can bark for good reasons and appropriate motives, at our discretion, as someone knocking on the door or simply walking past it, working with livestock or in strange situations, drawing our attention. But they can also bark excessively and inappropriately.
This normally occurs in adult dogs, since in puppies this is limited to play, and sometimes does not even appear.
2.And they even whine when they don’t feel well!
Dogs use different types of vocalization to communicate, starting at a very young age. When they are puppies they use crying or whining, as a kind of meow, to indicate that they are hungry or seek the mother’s warmth. As the little one grows, 5 types of sounds can be distinguished:
- they howl
- they cry
- they bark
They are all different ways of capturing our attention. It will be very useful for us to learn to differentiate them in order to understand them a little more and it will help correct instruction in their behavior. A growl during the game looking for possession of your toy is not the same as one when we touch your food, which will be a warning before biting.
In the case of puppies, “crying” is generally a way to get our attention. What happens when we hear our little furry cry for an hour because we leave him alone to sleep in the dark? Surely, we even put him in our bed so that he does not suffer! In response it has accomplished its mission. We must learn to read these things so that in the long run, we do not pay more expensively.
3.They bring us toys
I don’t think this is very strange to them since I think we were all at home and our dog has given us some ball or toy for us to throw at him, as if we hadn’t seen them. Seeking to play with us always tops the list to get our attention.
What happens when the toy is a prey?
All dogs and cats have a strong hunting instinct, deeply rooted in their genes. They will have observed more than one dog that when he picks up a toy that is too light for him, shakes it from one side to the other. This is due to the hunting instinct, imitating the wolves that when they have their prey they move it to kill it. It is a behavior that catches our attention and sometimes even offends us. But we must understand it as such, perhaps not congratulate it, but understand what place each species occupies in the food chain.
4.Lick as a sign of affection
The tongue in dogs is its most sensitive part, therefore, by licking a part of our body it gives them a feeling of security and closeness to us. Many times we see that they lick each other, as if they were kisses, and other times, there are dogs that never lick. This is not characteristic of any particular species, just the personality of each canine. Remember that there are different types of licking and that they can mean very different things.
Something that also draws our attention many times is that if they can, they choose to lick our sweat. This can be uncomfortable for some people who return from physical activity and their dog goes straight to lick them. We have an explanation for this topic, our sweat has butyric acid, which attracts dogs since the taste is very pleasant.
This action that we often teach our pet has a little trick. They don’t always screw up when we ask them to. Many times, after teaching them this or, in cases where no one has educated them in it, we will see that it still applies it.
Unfortunately, it is not that our dog is gifted or a genius who learns only, it is one more behavior to get our attention indicating that they want something. In fact, it is a mechanism that they have from birth, to that during breastfeeding, they must press the mother’s belly to give them more milk.
6.They run from one side to another
This occurs countless times during the life of our canine. Shorter paths when they are small and longer distances in adulthood. Sometimes it is not played as much as our pet expects, either due to lack of place, desire or time. For this reason we see that sometimes they return from the walk and, anyway, they start running like crazy for no apparent reason. They do this as a way to burn off the excess energy that was left in the body and must go out.
7.Chase the tail
This sign of the owner’s lack of attention is related to the previous point. They are dogs that also have an excess of energy that they want to get out. This behavior is mistakenly taken to mean that the animal is playing. But the true meaning is that our pet is bored, and when looking for something to entertain himself with, he sees his tail move and begins to chase her. It is a stereotype.
Another meaning of this behavior can be, already medically speaking, presence of internal or external parasites, inflammation of the anal gland, tumors and other examples for which we must go to our vet to make the differential diagnosis. We will observe that in addition to chasing the tail, when it sits or lies down, it licks or bites in the area of the rump or anus. A consultation never hurts.