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More Strange Behaviours of Dogs and What they Mean

More Strange Behaviours of Dogs and What they Mean

Earlier this week we covered 6 Strange Behaviours of Dogs and What they Mean.

In today’s blog post we look at a few more dog behaviours and discuss the reasons behind them.

Head Pressing

If you see your dog pressing their head against a wall (or similar), it’s a common sign of numerous serious problems, such as damage to the nervous system, specifically the forebrain and thalamustoxic, toxic poisoning or brain disease.

Treatment varies according to the cause and severity of the condition so seek immediate attention from your vet should you notice this behaviour.

Scooting

Depending on the owner, some will find this humorous whilst others will be a little grossed out!

Either way, it could signal an underlying problem, albeit very minor. For example, without hands, our canine friends have to rely on gravity to complete their business.

Should there be something a little stringy in their poop, like grass, it could cause some of it to be left behind, so the scooting is simply them trying to get rid of it. We have a rota in our house for when this happens to decide who gets to grab a bit of tissue to clean it off!

More serious issues could be worms or that their anal sacs are full and need to be expressed.

Bad Breath

Granted, dog’s don’t have great breath at the best of times, but if it’s noticeably bad with even a little halitosis, it might be time to see the vet.

There could be several underlying issues which could cause concern for the gastrointestinal tract, liver or kidneys.

A couple of examples: If it smells of urine it could be a kidney problem whereas sweet-smelling breath is a sign that your dog may have diabetes.

Eating Poop

Disgusting to us humans, to dogs this is quite normal!

Sometimes, it’s just simple curiosity or indeed boredom, however, it could be a result of a nutritional deficiency in their diet or underfeeding.

It could also be attention-seeking behaviour! If you’re worried or if it becomes a regular thing, talk to your vet or even a dog behaviour specialist/trainer who may be able to help.

Tucking Tail Between Legs

Have you ever noticed that if you have to give your canine friend a telling off, their tale tucks between their legs?

This is a sign that they’re afraid, nervous, worried or under stress – so don’t be too hard on them! If they hold the tail tightly against the belly, you should know that they are feeling extremely scared or submissive.

Female Dogs Humping

Seeing a male dog trying to ‘hump’ another pet, the couch or even your leg is quite normal to us, but why do female dogs hump?

Humping by both males and females is normal with all dog breeds – for some, it’s a response to arousal, whilst for others, it can just be a way to exert dominance. However, there are times when it can signal other underlying issues, like boredom, a skin allergy, urinary tract infection or even stress.

There isn’t anything wrong with humping unless it makes you uncomfortable – the best way to stop this behaviour is to simply deny her the opportunity to start.


With any type of dog behaviour, if something causes you concern or if you are unsure if it’s a potential issue, always talk to your vet in the first instance.

If you have any questions relating to your dog’s diet, or if you would like to discuss how our food could potentially help your dog, please get in touch.