The dog can not tell us that something is wrong with him. I mean, he can’t convey it in words. But he tries to do it differently – through his behavior. Each of us knows his dog, so he should notice that he suddenly begins to make strange movements. It’s worth telling your vet. We suggest what the most common – strange-looking – behavior of dogs can mean.
Strange dog behavior – the most common causes
Disease penetrating the body
You will need to work with a veterinarian. However, thanks to observing our pet and knowledge of his normal behavior we will quickly realize that something is wrong with him …
Living under stress
Sometimes we are unable to communicate with the dog and act in an irrational way for him. And he doesn’t know what we want from him and he feels threatened. And then he behaves strangely …
Boredom and frustration
Dogs need to run out and fulfill their natural needs: sniffing, meeting other dogs, working with us. If we provide them with this, they will be less likely to surprise us with their behavior.
A spinning problem
This strange behavior of dogs happens to them at all ages, but often it starts already in puppyhood. The dog, to the amusement of people watching him, begins to chase its own tail, spinning around and trying to catch it. It looks funny and cute. In the meantime, this could be the beginning of trouble. Dogs endowed with considerable temperament and not very able to cope with their own emotions in this way try to relieve too much nervous tension – and discover that it works! The problem is that this behavior often turns into an embarrassing habit that repeats every time a pooch gets upset or worried. The worst, when in these hunts for his own tail begins to be successful, catching it with his teeth, and finally damaging its tip. Even if he fails, it’s better not to ignore these dog dances. An animal that reacts to life problems in this way, cannot control itself and becomes unbalanced.
How to deal with such behavior? Certainly you can’t scold a dog for them – because since the source of the problem is anxiety and a sense of uncertainty, we are unlikely to improve the pet’s well-being by shouting at him. It is better to distract him every time so that he does not manage to get into the tail. A moment of fun in dragging an old sock or the interest in a pooch hidden behind a chair leg delicacy can work wonders!
For sledges, bitches and dogs!
Who of the dog owners does not know this view? Our pet sits down and begins to move vigorously on his ass, as if he was sledding – hence the name of this behavior: „sledging”. There are videos on YouTube where unaware guardians capture the „funny” behavior of their dogs, without realizing that they should rather run to the vet as soon as possible … for funds for deworming or to clean the animal’s perianal glands. Most often, dogs try to cope with this persistent itching caused by helminth or clogging of these glands. This behavior can also be a symptom of other problems: skin changes (e.g. ringworm) or inflammation. So when we see our dog sledding, we must visit the clinic!
Pucyłap – paw cleaner
Seemingly nothing happens: our pet sits calmly and carefully licks his paws – a cleaner from it! That’s what the owners thought now treating their pets from hard to heal wounds. Persistent licking your paws is a dangerous habit. Most often it is a disease of active and intelligent dogs that do not have enough movement and activity. Passivity and lack of opportunities to develop, drive such a dog in a shame, and licking allows him to calm down a bit, gives the appearance of commitment, which he lacks so much. Gradually, licking becomes something of a drug, the dog does it more often, of course, to the detriment of his own skin. There are defects in the fur, redness, and then abrasions of the epidermis. In extreme cases, dogs earn extra wounds that cannot be healed. They will scar a little and the animal will lick it again.
Sometimes the dog licks carpets instead of paws, rugs on the walls, pillows. Often on such an occasion he swallows large amounts of threads or small pieces of fabric that clump into felt puffs in his digestive tract, causing problems. The first thing we should do when we notice that our pet has such a problem is to jump out of the slippers and put on hiking boots … Solid dog fatigue can help, but – especially when the pet has been doing it for a long time – it is not always enough. Then you need the help of a specialist in animal behavior.
Head against the wall
What other dog behaviors do we not understand? What a thinker! – the owners of a quadruped laugh, which looks like he has fallen into deep reflection, leaning against the wall with his forehead. Yes, it looks funny, but it should worry us a lot. This is not your dog’s normal behavior and his most common causes are severe illness. There is a danger that the dog suffers from brain cancer or damage after injury. This behavior can also be caused by neurological disorders after poisoning with heavy metals (e.g. lead) or toxins circulating in the body that the sick dog’s liver could not neutralize.
If our dog had a tendency to this behavior from an early age, it is possible that he suffers from a congenital defect – single-chamber forebrains. In each of these cases, there will be no tedious and complicated diagnostics. The worst thing is that – as veterinarians say – putting the head to the wall is most often caused by tremendous pain. And yet none of us would want his pet to suffer!