13 Reasons Behind Your Dog’s Weird Behavior
It’s our natural tendency to project our human traits and emotions onto dogs—until you see your dog rolling in the mud. You just can’t explain that, but these canine experts can.
Why do they bolt as soon as the door is open?
A dog can be dead to the world when it’s sleeping, but when a door opens, it instantly comes to life and sprints to the door to check it out. This dog behavior is similar to ours when we’re surprised at something—we perk right up to see what’s up. But for a dog, there’s a little more to it. “This is an instinctive self-protection behavior. Something has moved suddenly and unexpectedly, and they don’t know what may be coming through the door,” says Dr. Richter. Some dogs take it further and bolt through the door because they want to investigate potential threats and defend their space. Didn’t realize your dog was holding down the fort each time he sprinted to the door? You probably never knew these other secrets your dog would tell you if he could.
Why do they pick up and carry something during a walk?
It could be anything really from a magnolia seed pod to a glove someone dropped. “Dogs use their mouths in much the same way that human children use their hands. Many dogs are naturally curious about the world, and if they find an object interesting, they may want to pick it up, hold it, or carry it for a while,” says Dr. Summerfield. They’re curious just like toddlers, and some breeds are attracted to certain objects like a toddler is to a blankie, especially if the dog is a sporting or retrieving breed.
Why is their tail wagging to the left?
Tails can express a wide variety of emotions. A low wagging tail with a wide sweeping arc is a friendly wag, while a high, stiff tail may indicate aggression or arousal. But why do dogs wag their tail to a certain side? “Recent studies on dog body language do suggest that there may be a difference as to how the left- and right-sided tail wags are interpreted by other dogs, and in how the dogs feel when wagging their tails to the left vs. the right,” says Dr. Summerfield. In the study, dogs remained relaxed when they saw images of another dog wagging its tail to the right, but when dogs saw the image of the tail wagging to the left, it stirred up anxiety. More research is needed, but it indeed points to the tail as a key communicator. Now that you know why your pooch is acting a little strange, find out the 19 things your dog actually wants from you.