(N.Morgan) As dog owners we love having our best buddies around but sometimes we miss some of their cues or body language and totally miss the messages they are trying to send to us.
Here are some common dog behaviors and the meaning behind them.
1. Bringing things to you.
You may take this as a cue that your dog wants to play fetch when he/she brings you their favorite toy, however your precious pooch is trying to give you a gift. It’s a vestigial instinct from their time as wild wolves. They’re trying to give you something they think will help you survive, which is even cuter when you consider that it’s a toy. Imagine how baffling it must be when you throw it.
2. Making eye contact.
When dogs make eye contact with you, it’s a powerful way of showing affection- as long as it’s in conjunction with more submissive behavior, like rolling over.
3. Raising one leg.
When you see your dog raising one leg and looking straight ahead, you’d better get out of their way. He’s/She’s on the hunt. Probably for a squirrel.
4. Hunching to make himself look small.
This a sign the dog is afraid. If there’s nothing to be scared of, it means he’s probably been abused or mistreated somewhere along the way.
5. Chewing on your belongings.
This could be a sign your dog is bored or has a case of separation anxiety. Give her more exercise and some puzzle toys to play with.
6. Sitting on your feet.
Dogs sit on your feet and get under you for a number of reasons. It could be that she’s trying to be dominant over you or is comforting herself by being close to you. It could be a possessive move too, as if to say “this human is mine.”