Dog Body Language: What 4 Things Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Puppy smiling

You’ve heard the expression “to wear one’s heart on their sleeve.” It means that someone lets their emotions be known without actually having to tell anybody how they feel. Dogs are in a constant state of wearing their hearts on their sleeves. Dogs are great because of how simple they can be. They have a very instinctual language and as we learn to recognize how they communicate we begin to better understand what our furry friend is telling us through dog body language…

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Why Do Dogs Lick? 5 Slobbery Explanations

Dog licking its face

Is your dog constantly licking and you have no idea why? Licking is a very natural way for dogs to communicate with one another. Licking for dogs is similar to humans biting their nails — both release pleasurable endorphins which creates comfort and relieves stress. Here are some common questions and answers to help you better understand your dog and what he or she is communicating with its tongue…

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Why Do Dogs Mark Territory?

Dog lifting leg up peeing

Within the first few hours of bringing our newly adopted dog home, he had marked in the same room three different times. We had never experienced this with other dogs, so this was new for my husband and I. How do we stop his marking so we can trust him in the house? Read more to see what solutions we came up with….

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Do Dogs Dream?

Dog sleeping on carpet

Our dogs are so cute when they are asleep. Sometimes, my dog, Sally, will start twitching or whimpering in her sleep. I always say, “She must be dreaming about chasing squirrels,” but is she really? Do dogs have dreams and if so, what do dogs dream about? Read on to learn more about what might be going on inside their head and how to tell if your doggy is dreaming when it dozes off…

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Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?

You may find your dog burying a toy or bone, then digging it up and reburying it elsewhere. This is very common. In fact, your dog may even “bury” items inside on furniture or carpeting. Sometimes they’ll even bury things in piles of laundry. So the next time you’re looking for the TV remote, car keys or your cellphone you may want to look under the couch cushions and in your laundry! Find out why they do this and how to get them to stop…

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A-oooooo! Why Do Dogs Howl?

Why Do Dogs Howl?

Dogs use vocalization to express all kinds of emotions. Yips, barks, muffled snorts and even sneezes all have meanings that the dog is trying to express. Try hiding a tasty treat in your closed fist and your dog will let you know just how he feels about that. The most primal, hair-raising sound the dog makes comes from deep in his throat, when he holds his nose high, purses his lips and howls like a wolf. Indeed, dogs get their habit for howling from their closest ancestor, the gray wolf…

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Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Some dogs chase their tails. The image of a dog spinning like a little tornado has been shown on TV, in movies and is about as normal of a phenomenon as leaves regaining their spring color or cars buzzing down a busy street…

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Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

2 dogs fighting: Why Do Dogs Growl When Playing?

If you’ve spent any time at the dog park, there is no doubt that you’ve seen lots of dogs of all different types and sizes playing. Some play rough, some gently and some, well, they just don’t even care about the other dogs (why hang out with dogs when the people have nothing better to do than give out rubs?). Often they chase each other, wrestle, or even growl at one another. But, how do you know when the play is escalating to aggression? And why do dogs growl when playing?

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