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Odd Dog Behaviors Explained

September 1 2023

Does your canine buddy run to greet you at the door, with his tail wagging and an adorable cheerful look on his furry face? Fido’s welcome home antics will never stop being adorable. However, not all of your pet’s habits are this easy to figure out. In fact, some can be quite confusing! A local Hendersonville, NC veterinarian goes over some of Man’s Best Friend’s more peculiar quirks in this article.

Why Do Dogs Lick People?

This is your furry best friend’s way of showing his love for you. Puppies learn this behavior from their mommas and littermates, and they never really outgrow it. When your pooch is giving kisses, he’s feeling relaxed and happy, thanks to the release of ‘happy’ hormones and chemicals, such as dopamine and endorphins. Your canine pal may also lick you to comfort you if you’re feeling down. In fact, a 2012 study by London’s Goldsmith College showed that dogs often licked people who were pretending to cry. 

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Have you ever wondered why your dog likes to eat grass? There are actually a few possibilities, though there are more studies needed on this one. Fido may snack on the yard because his stomach hurts and he wants to make himself vomit. Nutritional deficiencies, such as a lack of fiber, are another possibility. Your pooch may also just be bored, or simply like the taste. Talk to your vet about your furry pal’s diet.

Why Do Dogs Put Their Paws On You?

This one is almost impossibly cute. If you stop petting Fido, your four-legged friend may respond by putting his paw on you. Talk about a charming way of asking for attention! Your pooch may also paw you if he wants you to share your meal or play with him, or perhaps to let you know he’s ready for a walk.

Why Does My Dog Tilt His Head?

This one definitely makes the list of Fido’s most charming behaviors. The jury is still out on exactly why Fido does this. It’s most likely a way for him to get a better look at something, or perhaps angle his ears so that he can hear better. That said, many of our canine companions really do seem to be asking questions when they do this. (It’s also possible that dogs just know we find this adorable.) 

Is your dog ready for an exam? Please contact us, your Hendersonville, NC animal hospital, anytime!