Dog Behaviors and What they Mean

Have you ever wanted a doggie translator because you failed at understanding dog behavior? A dog’s actions speak a thousand words—but interpreting them correctly is a learned skill. It’s time to explore dog behaviors and what they really mean.

Common Dog Behaviors Explained:


Because dogs sweat through the pads on their feet, most of their body heat is expelled through their mouth when they pant. It’s their primary means of regulating body temperature. Dogs also pant to cope with pain.

dog behaviors and what they mean

2. Circling before lying down

Dogs learned the habit of circling their sleeping pad from their ancestors. As a means to pat down grassy patches or dirt spots and to scare bugs away, dogs from the past would circle their sleeping space. Also, because they slept in a group with other doggies, dogs would sleep in a circle to protect themselves from the dangers of the outside world.

dog behaviors explained

3. Sniffing Other Dog’s Behinds

Dogs sniff each other’s behind as a way of greeting. In fact, it’s the polite way to greet. Dogs who meet face-to-face, heads up, ears forward and/or back in a stiff posture will most likely end up in a fight. A friendly dog that is at ease will immediately go to the back end of the other dog, who should reciprocate the action. In fact it’s a very normal dog behavior.

normal dog behavior

4. Howling

A dog howl is yet another form of communication. The howl, which typically happens in response to an ambulance, thundering, crackers or other cause of distress is your dog displaying his emotions. Researchers believe dogs that howl when you leave the house are behaving like their wolf ancestors, who do this to call the leader of the pack back home.

common dog behaviors

5. Dog Biting

A dog will bite a person as a way of communicating their current state of mind. The dog could be reacting in aggression, fear or nervousness. There are, however, ways to prevent a dog bite from ever happening if you stay in tune to the dog’s body language.

While the puppies also go through a biting phase, when their teeth are erupting. You can hand them Dogsee Chew bars to save your furniture from being chewed up

understanding dog behavior

6. Separation Anxiety

Dogs live and travel in packs, so it’s natural for them to feel anxious when they are separated from their pack-mates. Try taking your dog on a nice, long walk before leaving her alone in the house. Leaving them in resting mode can calm their anxiety or handing them long lasting chews for dogs can keep them entertained for hours after you have gone.

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