Through a dog: Does your dog hide food or toys, turn around to catch his tail, tend to get on other dogs or even on you? In such cases it is important to understand where the behavior is coming from and how to behave
The source of these behaviors can be a breed trait inherent in the dog, inactivity or dominance, and it is important that the owner knows how to behave (or ignore) these situations. Here are some examples of common behaviors.
The dog turns around and tries to grab its tail:
it may seem like a funny and amusing action to us, but most often this phenomenon is due to the dog not expending enough energy, so he is bored, unchallenged and looking for activity.
What to do?
Take the dog for more walks and take care of environmental enrichment and games. If the condition leads to the physical injury of the dog itself it is important to involve a dog behavior specialist.
The dog hides food or his games:
There are many dogs who get a snack or a new toy and instead of eating or playing they run around the house or dig in the yard and find the perfect hiding place. The source of the behavior is mostly genetic – dogs whose job was to serve as patrol dogs or sniffer dogs and work a lot with the nose to challenge themselves and this trait is still inherent in them.
What to do?
Create an interest or challenge for the dog by hiding snacks in different places and encourage him to look for them.
Dog that surpasses other dogs or their owner (Humping):
Some dogs tend to jump on other dogs or even their owners and do Humping (movements of friction or masturbation). Many interpret this as the behavior of a horny dog who wants to mate, but it is usually a demonstration of dominance and it can be noticed that this happens to both neutered dogs and females jumping on males. A dog is an animal that exists in the structure of a band with a hierarchy, and one way to show superiority is to get on the other dog.
What to do?
When it comes to two dogs fighting over their position in the pack, it is best to let things get along naturally under supervision. When this behavior is directed towards the owner or towards children (with whom the power struggles are more prominent) it is important to tame the dog, correct his behavior and create clear order and boundaries with all members of the household.
Aggressive dog for cyclists and people running:
Things that move fast cause high irritation in the dog. This is especially common among shepherd dogs which is their natural tendency. There are shepherd dogs whose job it is to keep the herd inside and others are meant to bind the herd so that if one sheep comes out of the group they bite it in the legs and direct it back. The stimulus of something passing by them quickly, whether it be a cyclist, someone running in the park or even a fluttering dress fabric, will make them want to catch it.
What to do?
It is recommended to work with the dog on restraint in a challenging environment full of stimuli, to learn how to control him until he knows how to ignore them.
The dog moves during his sleep:
Dogs also dream and some even move while dreaming. The first few times dog owners encounter this phenomenon it can seem scary, mainly because they think the dog is having a seizure. He is actually moving out of sleep, and may be dreaming that he is running in open fields or playing in the dog park.
The dog shakes dolls / ropes:
Some dogs take their toys and shake them aggressively from side to side. In fact it is a relic of a time when their ancestors were hunting. When a dog catches the prey he shakes it to break his wrist and kill him. Nowadays the dog gets his food daily from the packing to the plate, but there are things that remain deep inside.
The dog yawns / scratches:
When we require the dog to perform a task that requires concentration, we often notice that the dog starts yawning or scratching the ear area with the back leg. This is a sign that the dog is already having difficulty concentrating.
What to do?
Just like children, as the dog gets older the task will be easier. Therefore, when working with the dog, it is important to divide the exercise into short intervals and perform it several times a day. This way the study will be more effective.
Every dog has behaviors that are characteristic of him, and it is important to try and see things from his point of view, to check if it is a behavior that indicates deprivation, one that stems from a prominent feature of the dog, and if we want to stop it or rather encourage it. Ultimately, owners who understand their dog’s behavior know what to expect, and this greatly helps in improving contact with their dog.