10 Surprising Secrets Your Dog Can’t Tell You Straight To Your Face
We are all curious about what goes into our dog’s mind. Imagine if we were living in a parallel universe and your dog could talk and say things straight to your face. You might know a thing or two about your dog’s personality. Your pet may be thrilled each time you buy dog care products or gets a 40-minute walk in the park. But it’s not the whole picture. Understanding dog behavior feels like saying there’s new physics or a new universe. It’s not rocket science alright. You may think that your pet is perpetually enigmatic. Thanks to our animal behavior professionals all over the world, we get to understand our pets better. In fact, they found something interesting about dog barks and their meanings based on their sound level intensity.
Your dog can’t talk, so we decided to talk to animal experts instead and here’s what we found:
1. Dogs Can Stress EAT
“I stress eat too!”
Like you, I also succumb to emotional stress-eating. I know chunky dogs look adorable. Yet not all cute obese dogs are happy. According to the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, emotional eating is a coping mechanism. Research suggests that sad and unhappy dogs tend to overeat. While it’s flattering to be called cute for having a big belly, I’d be more flattered if you’d also check on my mental health. Food isn’t the only thing that I want in my life though I’d love to dive into some yummy treats, too!
2. Not All Dogs Have Separation Anxiety
“I’ve had enough of you humans, allow me to reboot”
Don’t take it the wrong way, I love you and I’d love to spend time with you. But like humans, we also need some alone time and own our spot. In fact, based on research regarding the effect of time left alone at home on dog welfare, we tend to be more engaged in physical activity and are more attentive to our owners when we are left at home for 3-4 hours. It’s one of the dog care and training facts that dog owners should know about, especially if you are teaching us new tricks. There are other reasons that can help humans understand when dogs need space. In a nutshell, be away for a while, and maybe I’d start paying attention.
3. How To Cope With An Old Dog
“I’m old but please don’t feed me cheeseburgers every time we pass by Mc Donald’s (I know their burgers are to die for!)”
I’m old but not about to die. I may just eat whatever you put on the plate but I hate getting sick. Every senior dog needs a special diet so you might want to read researches on how to feed your senior dog. Learn the basics of senior dog care by talking to my vet or visiting a dog care center near me.
4. Tail Wagging
“My tail wags don’t always mean I’m happy”
Tail wagging is commonly interpreted by dog owners as a positive response. There’s more to discover about our tail wags. According to the findings of an Italian research team published in the Cell Press journal related to a dog’s tail wagging behavior, it was revealed that dogs wag to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they are angry or sad. If you want to know how excited I am when you’re home, my tail says everything.
5. Aggression in Dogs
“I can justify my aggression. And you’re wrong, it’s not only because I hate to share my food.”
I’m here for a reason. And we’re here to give each other a quality life. I’m aggressive for many other reasons. I can even bite out of fear. My human-directed canine aggression is not something I’m proud of. When I’m being aggressive and horrible, please talk to experts and let them educate you. Don’t give up on me!
6. Dog Vision Issue
“Contrary to public belief, I’m not completely color-blind”
We have limited color vision alright. But according to research, we have receptors at the back of the eye that allow us to identify specific colors such as yellow, grey, and blue.
7. Scooting in Dogs
“Rubbing my butt on the carpet isn’t always cute and funny”
I know I look funny each time you see me scooting. My itchy bottom can mean a lot of things – from just itchy to something quite serious like having worms and allergies that dog care products can’t treat right away. Check with the vet to know why dogs scoot.
8. Dogs and Cat Relationship
“I wasn’t born to hate cats”
Do dogs eat cats? No, we don’t. So why do dogs hate cats? First things first: we don’t hate them simply because they’re felines. Some of us live and play with cats. Dogs have natural hunting instincts which explains why dogs love to chase moving objects like a ball, a mouse, or even a cat.
Also, we communicate differently, especially when it comes to our owners. We can actually be friends when we were introduced at a young age. While there’s no question that my genes influence my behavior, my environmental history must also be strongly considered in understanding my behavior. Those cute Youtube videos of cats and dogs lying next to each other may look unreal, but they’re real and too cute to be ignored.
9. Dog Training Techniques
“Giving too many yummy treats could be a terrible dog training strategy”
Too much food won’t make me pay attention to you. Dog care collar isn’t going to turn me into an obedient dog either. One of the secrets is to give me my own alone time, so I’d be more attentive to learn new tricks. Give me space for a few fours, so I can focus again.
10. Sleep in Dogs
“Too much nap time is great but might change me”
It’s nice to be a slob and sleep all day but it might completely change my personality. Age changes my personality, too.
Love is great. But it’s not enough, especially when it comes to your pets. Sometimes it pays to be attentive and know more about your pet’s needs.
Therese Rehn and Linda J. Keeling, “The Effect of Time Left Alone at Home on Dog Welfare,” Applied Animal Behaviour Science 129 (2011): 129–35.