8 things dogs do to get attention

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When you have a pet at home, in this case we will talk about dogs, there are many things that we do not know about them. It is difficult for us to understand if when they perform certain behaviors they do it because we do not educate them correctly, to play or because they are having a health problem. That is, we learn the basics, but there are many things that we surely do not know about our dog companion.

In this AnimalWised article you will discover 8 things dogs do to get our attention, There are many more and, surely, you will have many examples that do not come to mind because, whoever shares their life with a canine knows that life is about anecdotes.

We will only give you a little help to better understand canine language, keep reading:

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1. They bark, sometimes a lot...

It is a fact that dogs bark. I think we all know that. But, ¿When to recognize if it is of happiness, of welcome or of alert? Barking in dogs is another part of their communication, both between their own species and with others, including man.

In order to control their barking, we must first understand why they do it. This article will help those who want more information about the case. For those who do not, we will keep the different types of barking. They may bark for good reasons and appropriate motives, at our discretion, such as someone knocking on the door or simply walking past it, working with livestock or in strange situations, drawing our attention. But they can also bark excessively and inappropriately..

This normally occurs in adult dogs, since in puppies this is limited to play, and sometimes, it does not even appear.

2. And they even whine when they are not feeling well!!

Dogs use different types of vocalization to communicate, starting at a very young age. When they are puppies, they use crying or whining, as a kind of meow, to indicate that they are hungry or seek the warmth of the mother. As the little one grows they can be differentiated 5 types of sounds:

  • howl
  • they grunt
  • they moan
  • they cry
  • they bark

They are all different ways of getting our attention. It will be very useful for us to learn to differentiate them in order to understand them a little more and will help, to a correct instruction in their behavior. It is not the same a snarl during the game looking for the possession of his toy that one when we touch his food, which will be a warning prior to biting.

In the case of puppies, generally "crying " is a way to get our attention. ¿What happens when we hear our little furry cry for an hour because we leave him alone to sleep in the dark? Surely, ¡We even put him in our bed so he doesn't suffer! In response, it has achieved its mission. We must learn to read these things so that in the long run, we do not pay more expensively.

3. They bring us toys

I don't think this is very strange to you since I think we were all at home and our dog has handed us a ball or toy to throw at him, as if we hadn't seen them. Seeking to play with us, always tops the list to get our attention.

¿What happens when the toy is prey?

All cats and dogs have a strong hunting instinct, deeply ingrained in their genes. You will have observed more than one dog that when he picks up a toy that is not heavy he shakes it from one side to the other. This is due to the hunting instinct, imitating wolves that when they have their prey they wiggle it to kill it. It is a behavior that draws our attention and sometimes even offends us. But we must understand it as such, perhaps not congratulate it, but understand what place each species occupies in the food chain.

4. Lick as a token of affection

The tongue in dogs is its most sensitive part, therefore, licking a part of our body gives them a feeling of security and closeness to us. Many times we see that they lick each other, as if they were kisses, and other times, there are dogs that never lick. This is not characteristic of any particular species, just the personality of each canine. Remember that there are different types of licking and that they can mean very different things..

Something that also draws our attention many times is that if they can, they choose to lick our sweat. This can be uncomfortable for some people who return from physical activity and their dog goes straight to lick them. We have an explanation for this issue, our sweat has butyric acid, which attracts dogs since the taste is very pleasant.

5. Give the paw

This action that we often teach our pet has a little trick. They do not always give up when we ask. Many times, after teaching them this or, in cases where no one has educated them on it, we will see that they apply it anyway.

Unfortunately it's not about that our dog is gifted or a genius that learns only, is one more behavior to get our attention indicating that they want something. In fact, it is a mechanism that they have since they are born, because during breastfeeding, they must press the mother's womb to give them more milk.

6. They run from one place to another

This happens countless times during the life of our canine. Shorter journeys when they are small and longer distances in adulthood. Sometimes it is not played as much as our pet expects, either due to lack of place, desire or time. For this reason we see that sometimes they return from the walk and, anyway, they start running like crazy for no apparent reason. They do this as a way of burn excess energy that was left in the body and must come out.

7. They chase each other's tails

East sign of inattention from owner It is related to the previous point. They are dogs that also have an excess of energy that they want to take out. This behavior is mistakenly taken to mean that the animal is playing. But the true meaning is that our pet is bored, and when looking for something to entertain himself, he sees his tail move and begins to chase it. It is a stereotype.

Another meaning of this behavior may be, already medically speaking, presence of internal or external parasites, inflammation of the anal gland, tumors and other examples for which we must go to our vet to make the differential diagnosis. We will observe that in addition to chasing the tail, when it sits or lies down, it licks or bites in the area of ​​the rump or anus. A query never hurts.

8. Nibble on hands and objects

It is an almost innate behavior in our dogs. When they are small, and there are several, it is normal for them to bite each other. This would be a bit of an explanation for why our puppy bites everything that comes across it. If we only have one puppy at home, it is normal for it to try to bite us during our stimulation or play. It's not just about a game, it's his way of discover the power of your jaw, so it would be useful for both of you to set limits, so you can recognize when it hurts.

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