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Pets do lots of strange things that might not always seem normal. However, many quirky habits are normal in dogs, though a few may suggest hidden medical problems. Read on to learn about the reasons why dogs do what they do-and what to do if it is an unhealthy behavior.
When puppies chase their tails, it is simply a way for them to get used to their bodies. The behavior should stop happening as often as they get older. But if it doesn’t, it could signal a compulsive disorder, which is common in certain breeds. It can be treated with behavior modification and medication.
It’s completely normal for dogs to scoot or drag their butts on the ground after going to the bathroom. However, if you notice your pup is scooting frequently, it could be a sign of impacted anal glands. It can have serious complications if left untreated, so you should take an immediate trip to the veterinarian if you notice frequent scooting.
It’s not abnormal for dogs to engage in this every once and a while, mainly because it relieves stress for them. It becomes an issue if the dog begins to hump humans more often than wanted. If it becomes an issue, behavior modification can be used to treat the issue.
4) Eating Grass
Dogs are omnivores, so it’s normal for them to eat grass, sticks, and even dirt. But it’s only healthy in moderation. Otherwise, your pup may have an upset stomach or other condition that may need veterinary care.
5) Rolling in Garbage
Dogs have a natural urge to roll in things that smell bad. It is said that they like to cover up their own scent with awful odors to make it easier to surprise prey. The best way to fix this problem is simply by avoiding stinky situations when you are out with your dog.
Excessive drooling is in fact, not normal for dogs and may be a sign of a wide range of medical problems. Your dog may drool because he has an illness, is having a reaction, or has a behavioral problem. However, if your dog is just drooling while he watches you eat food, then there’s probably not a problem. It’s also important to note that some dog breeds are more prone to drawling such as Bassett Hounds and Great Danes.
7) Noise Phobia
Most dogs have a little bit of a noise phobia and will tremble or cower in the corner when they hear a loud bout of thunder, sirens, or a gunshot. However, it can become more serious when the dog becomes extremely afraid at every loud noise. Noise phobia can be difficult to treat, but through conditioning programs, dogs can learn to relax when they hear upsetting sounds. It’s important to take care of the problem right away instead of waiting for the phobia to progress.
Chances are that your dog has or does engage in at least one of these behaviors. In most situations, the problem isn’t too serious and can easily be taken care of. But it’s still important to take him to the vet right away if the behavior becomes excessive or if you have any other concerns. That way, hidden medical problems can be diagnosed and treated efficiently.