13 Odd Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Dog
Dogs do pretty weird stuff sometimes! Here are expert answers to some questions you’ve been begging to ask your dog.
Why do you dig in flower beds?
Dogs often dig due to boredom. To prevent your pet from heading to your flower beds for some fun, create a play zone all their own. Dig out a shallow area in your yard, then fill it with sand and some toys. This play pit should be much more enticing than your flower beds. Check out other smart ways to prevent your dog from digging in flower beds.
Why is your nose wet?
Anyone who has just gotten nuzzled by an affectionate dog knows you’ll probably need to wipe your face afterward. Turns out that dogs have wet noses for several important reasons, says Pete Lands, DVM, Director of Emergency and Critical Care at Saint Francis Veterinary Center in Swedesboro, New Jersey.
First, dogs’ noses secrete mucus, which helps them track smells in the air. “One of the reasons that the noses are going to be wet is because the secretion will come out of the inner part of the nose and sit on the top of the nose,” Lands says.
Another reason? Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do. Their noses act as a cooling mechanism and evaporate fluid from their nose to help cool their bodies. Check out a third reason here, plus learn what to do if your dog’s nose is dry.
How much exercise do you need?
Hundreds of years of breed-specific genetics run through your dog’s veins, and it’s best to cater to their genetics for optimal mental and physical health. For example, dogs that were bred to herd, pull carts, or hunt will need more exercise because historically, their days were filled with activity and their bodies were made to move more often. On the other hand, some toy breeds, such as the Shih Tzu and Pekingese, prefer snuggle time over leash time—these breeds were bred to be lap dogs for royalty. Learn how much exercise is recommended for your dog’s breed here, and read on to find out even more explanations for your dog’s weird behavior.