I am a dog person, but I’ll be the first to admit it, dogs are weird. Unfortunately, I don’t speak dog. That’s what I thought, anyway, until I saw these 9 tips. A lot of what our dogs are trying to communicate is pretty simple, if we know how to listen.
1. He brings you “presents.”
Maybe we don’t get excited over an old stick or a slobber-covered ball, but to your dog? These are possessions prized above all else. While some theorize that the act of retrieval can be traced back to a dog’s hunting instincts, it’s also simply because they love you.
2. She destroys your furniture and/or belongings.
While this is a phase that many dogs leave behind in puppyhood, others continue destructive behavior as adults. The most common reason? They are stressed, bored or suffering from separation anxiety while you are away from home. Pencil in some extra time for play and exercise – your couch cushions will thank you!
3. He yawns – but he’s not sleepy.
Dogs yawn when they are tired, but it can also be a sign that they are stressed or nervous. If you see your dog repeatedly yawning while in a new environment or around unfamiliar humans, give him a hug and a few words of reassurance.
4. She raises a paw in the air.
If you’ve seen your dog in the crazy position above, you probably already know what she is about to do – pounce!
5. He takes over the bed.
While this can be a sign of staking out territory, especially if there is another animal in the house, dogs also take over our beds simply because they want to cuddle. What better place than the spot where they see us most relaxed?
6. He leans on you.
If your dog suddenly leans on you, he’s probably asking for reassurance. Maybe something spooked him or he’s just a little tired; either way, he’s making sure you are there to provide love and protection.
7. She sits on your feet.
Every time we visit the dog park, my dog sits on my feet the entire time. I always thought she was nervous around the bigger dogs,but, she’s been staking her claim on me! Dogs sit on our feet to send the message to other humans and animals that we are “spoken for,” as well as to assert their dominance. Who knew?
8. He hunches over.
It’s not hard to see that a hunching dog is a scared dog, so handle them with extra love and affection. While some dogs may become frightened by thunderstorms or loud noises, it can be a sign of abuse in others.
9. She won’t stop staring.
A staring dog is a dog who is in love with their master, and making eye contact with our canines can release endorphins in both our brains. Next time you are feeling down in the dumps, simply stare into your pup’s eyes.
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