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Dogs are full of funny behaviors and interesting information. Get answers to all your pondering pet questions.

Microscope with gloved hands (caption: How Many Chromosomes Do Dogs Have?)

How Many Chromosomes Do Dogs Have? (And What They Mean)

While many pet parents consider their dogs family members, we all know that dogs have a different genetic makeup than their human counterparts. But do humans and dogs have genetic similarities? Do dogs have the same number of chromosomes as humans? And how much can we learn about our dogs from breakthroughs into dog DNA?

black nose of a white dog close up

Why Are Dogs’ Noses Wet, And What’s The Best Treatment For Dry Noses?

We’re sure you’ve found yourself telling your dog to get that cold, wet nose out of your personal space at some point! But have you ever wondered, ‘why do dogs have wet noses?’ Our favorite canine companions differ from us humans and our beloved feline friends in a puzzling way. Their noses are normally wet — and normally should be. But why are dogs’ noses wet? And if they’re not, does that mean that something’s wrong? Can you do anything to help your pup if his nose is dry? If so, what’s the best dog dry nose treatment? Here, we’ll answer all of your questions to put you and your pup at ease…

Dog Digging (Caption: Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?)

Why Do Dogs Bury Bones? How Can I Stop It?

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…

Terrier Chasing its Tail (Caption: Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?)

Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

Our dogs can act weird sometimes. One of those things that make them special is when they chase their tail in circles. Spinning in a circle like a tornado. But why do dogs chase their tails? The answer is part scientific and hereditary, and each dog might have a different reason he will do the behavior. Let’s find out why a dog chasing tail is so fascinating and if it should be a concern.

Dog licking its face (Caption: Why Do Dogs Lick?)

Why Do Dogs Lick? Answers To Why They Lick People, Paws, Themselves, Wounds & More

Is your dog constantly licking, and you have no idea why? Licking is a very natural way for dogs to communicate with one another. After a mother has her pups, she licks them to help them start breathing and clean them. This initial licking sticks with dogs throughout their lives, and they use it for many reasons. Licking for dogs is similar to humans biting their nails — both release pleasurable endorphins, which create comfort and relieve stress.

Dogs panting (Caption: Are Dogs' Mouths Cleaner Than Humans?)

Are Dogs’ Mouths Cleaner Than Humans?

When you get home, does your dog greet you with kisses and licks? You’re not alone. My dog loves jumping up and down and is determined to kiss my face. She can jump pretty high and is more successful at this than I’d like her to be. But I’m not a fan of puppy kisses on my face, it kind of grosses me out. Is this something I need to be concerned about or am I just overreacting? It’s time to settle the question, “Is dog saliva cleaner than humans?” Find the answer below…

Dog rolling on ground in poop (caption: Why Do Dogs Roll In Poop?)

Why Do Dogs Roll In Poop? (And How To Stop It)

Dogs like to roll in smelly things. What is it about poop, dead things and other smelly stuff that makes our dogs dive in? Find out why he loves smelling nasty and how you can stop this behavior…

Dog howling at the moon (Caption: Why Do Dogs Howl?)

Why Do Dogs Howl? Find Out Which Dogs Howl, Why & How To Stop It

Dogs use vocalization to express all kinds of emotions. Yips, barks, muffled snorts, and even sneezes all have meanings that a dog is trying to convey. The most primal, hair-raising sound a dog makes comes from deep in his throat when he holds his nose high, purses his lips, and howls like a wolf. But, what does it mean, and why do dogs howl?

Puppy sniffing dirt (caption: Why do dogs eat dirt?)

Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt? (Is It An Unhealthy Habit?)

Dogs love digging holes in the ground, but what happens if they take it a step further and eat the dirt? In addition to making them a muddy mess, is ingesting soil harmful to your pup? First, you need to determine the frequency of your dog’s dirt disposition. If your dog consumes soil infrequently, it’s probably fine (but it’s always good to discuss this with your vet). However, if your dog routinely devours dirt, there may be cause for concern…

Maltese sleeping on carpet dreaming (Caption: Do Dogs Dream?)

Do Dogs Dream?

Our dogs are so cute when they are sleeping — twitching, whimpering, and chasing squirrels. But do dogs have dreams? If so, what do dogs dream about, and why do dogs dream? Do dogs dream about their owners? One can wish! Learn more about what might be going on inside a dog’s head when he sleeps and how to tell if your doggy is dreaming when he dozes off.

Dog barking (caption: Why Dogs Bark)

Barking Mad: Why Dogs Bark And How To Stop It

The doorbell rings, a school bus drives by, a dog is across the street or you’re standing in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter what you do, it seems like Fido is barking at everything. Why is Fido barking and how can you stop it?…

Dog being licked on the ground (caption: Why Do Dogs Lick Their Wounds?)

Why Do Dogs Lick Their Wounds?

We’ve all heard the expression “licking one’s wounds” (meaning to recover after defeat or embarrassment). It’s believed that this saying originated hundreds of years ago from people observing animals licking their injuries after a predator’s attack. Have you ever wondered why dogs and other animals lick wounds in the first place? And is it beneficial or harmful to their healing?…

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