Wednesday, January 29, 2020

6 Dog Behaviors That Are Typically Misread


Dog language can be difficult to understand sometimes. Many people don’t read their dog correctly and it can lead to some very unwanted behavior. It can not only lead to issues with training and even daily management of your own pet.

So what are a few different signs your dog shows that are typically misread?


This can indicate anxiety about the individual being mounted. It does not indicate dominance as many people usually believe. If your pet is not neutered, it can also be hormone related.

Licking inanimate objects

If this is a new (or even chronic) behavior you are seeing the concern is some type of gastrointestinal disease. I have seen anything from an upset stomach to even a foreign body.


Many puppies display a mouthing behavior. While this is typical in puppies, it is not a behavior you would want to continue through your pet’s adult life. In adult dogs this can also be related to place but a displacement of nervous energy they are feeling.


Trembling in dogs can be linked to a few different things. While many people believe it is that their dog is cold it in reality is either fear (like going to the vet), excitement (for examp[le when you come home) or even anxiety.

Leaving people

Dogs are very social animals, so when your pup goes to the other room we wonder if everything is ok. Dogs will tend to venture by themselves to the next room when they want quiet time. If this is a totally new behavior then I would consider monitoring them closely to make sure they are feeling ok. The reason for this is because leaving people and sitting alone can also indicate them not feeling well.

Racing around wildly

This is very typical in puppies. It is a play behavior and sometimes from boredom. If you see this behavior occurring, may a walk or ball time might be in order.

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