13 Weird Dog Behaviors Explained

Dogs exhibit a wide range of behaviors, some of which are simple to understand and others that are difficult to explain. In this blog, we’ll explain the real meaning behind 13 of the strangest dog behaviors and why dogs do them. This will help you understand why your dog is acting strangely and whether you should be concerned.

1. Staring at You

Dog Staring at You

Dogs who stare at you may be requesting a treat, a cuddle, or other forms of attention. Direct eye contact, on the other hand, causes discomfort in some dogs. Some people may interpret eye contact as a threat. Begin by making brief eye contact with your dog to ensure that he is at ease. The “watch or look” exercise teaches dogs to enjoy looking to their owners for guidance and instruction. When first learning the exercise, dogs will look to their owners as they receive praise and/or treats. This is an excellent exercise for both training and strengthening your bond with your dog.

2. Chasing Its Tail

Dog Chasing Its Tail

Tail-chasing is frequently amusing, especially if your dog is young. Many dogs chase their tails as a way of getting to know their bodies, as a chew toy, or as a nervous habit. However, if your dog does it for an extended period of time or on a regular basis, it can result in an injury or something more serious. If your dog is frequently chasing their tail, take them to the vet to rule out any medical issues.

3. Dogs Sniff Butts

Dogs Sniff Butts

Even though dog butt sniffing appears to be a disgusting behavior, it is a common way for dogs to meet and get to know one another. Anal glands are scent markers in dogs. Each dog has a distinct odor that changes in response to their emotions. This ancestral behavior of sniffing buttocks enables dogs to determine whether the dog they are sniffing is friendly, scared, anxious, or male or female.

Allow your dog to sniff another dog’s backend if you notice him doing so (as long as both dogs are comfortable with the interaction). This is normal behavior that assists your dog in learning important information about their canine companions.

4. Licks You

Dogs lick your face

While you may not always want your dog to slobber on you, it is his way of showing affection. Furthermore, your dog has probably discovered that licking you attracts your attention.

Of course, dogs lick you for a variety of reasons. According to some scientists, licking is a sensory tool for dogs, similar to reaching out and touching something. Another possibility is that canine mothers lick their puppies for grooming and social reasons (and puppies lick their mothers and littermates). As a result, this natural behavior persists into adulthood.

5. Yawning

Dogs Yawning

When a dog is stressed or under threat, he yawns to relieve stress and tension. When a dog is confused, tired, or threatened, he may exhibit this behavior. A dog may also exhibit this behavior when meeting other canines.

6. Eating Poop

Dogs Eating Poop

Dogs eat feces for a variety of reasons; it may be normal (though unpleasant to us) dog behavior. Young dogs may mimic their mother’s cleaning (which results in feces ingestion). If your dog is afraid of the repercussions, he may even eat feces out of fear. However, your dog could simply be curious. He may detect certain odors in the feces and wonder what they taste like.

7. Eating Grass

Dogs Eating Grass

It may appear strange or even unhealthy for your dog to be eating grass, but there are some advantages to this unusual dog behavior. The grass contains a lot of fiber. It improves the digestive system of dogs. Eating grass may help with health issues or upset stomachs, or some dogs may simply enjoy the texture and taste of the grass on their tongue.

8. Chewing on Objects

Dogs Chewing on Objects

Dogs chew on the most unusual objects, including wood, tiles, fabric, leather, and even concrete. The constant chewing could indicate boredom! Keep your dog occupied by providing enrichment activities such as puzzles or toys. Additionally, give your dogs exercise by playing fetch or going for a walk. Remember that young puppies may be teething. So, to satisfy this desire, provide your dog with safe bones.

9. Tilting Their Head

Dogs Tilting Their Head

When your dog tilts their head, it makes for a great photograph. They appear to be trying to figure you out when they have curiosity in their eyes. Although this is adorable, there is another reason for this behavior. When you whistle, your dog’s head may tilt, which increases its field of vision and sound pickup. They must maneuver around their nose and ear flaps. Tilting their head allows them to see your facial expressions more clearly.

10. Zoomies

Dogs Zoomies

Have you ever seen a dog get a crazy, wild look in their eyes and then bolt with a burst of energy? This is known as the zoomies, and it is completely normal for dogs.

Zoomies are a sign that your dog is in good spirits, has lots of energy, and is generally content. Dogs get the zoomies after a bath when they feel clean and fresh, when you get home from work and they’re overjoyed to see you, or even right before going for a walk. Accept the zoomies as a sign that your dog is having a good time at the moment.

11. Bowing

Dogs Bowing

A dog bows by lowering his chest and head to the ground while keeping his back legs straight. He wants to play if your companion animal bows. To emphasize the need to play, some dogs swing their hips and wag their tails. This is commonly referred to as the play bow.

12. Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

Dogs Walking in Circles Before Lying Down

If you notice your dog walking in circles before lying down, it is because he is looking for the most comfortable place to rest. Your canine companion may be in pain, forcing him to find the best way to lie down without injuring himself.

13. Showing Teeth and Biting

Dogs Showing Teeth and Biting

If your dog retracts his lips to show his teeth, he is aggressive or asserting his dominance. When your dog shows teeth, you should exercise extreme caution because he may bite you.

If this is accompanied by snarling and muzzle wrinkling, you should assume that your canine companion is very angry. It is best not to approach any dog displaying this behavior.

Final Words

In conclusion, whether dogs are yawning, sniffing buttocks, eating grass, or performing other odd and sometimes amusing behaviors, these actions are motivated by physiological and emotional factors.

When you understand why certain behaviors occur, you can better understand your dog and connect with them on a deeper level.