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Raising a dog as a pet is not solely about feeding, owners also need to take care of their pets’ unusual behaviors, possible risks, and feelings. There are plenty of things to learn to understand a dog thoroughly and 5 common questions below partly reveal the truth.
Dog Behavior FAQs
What are the risks of letting your dog sleep in bed with you?
Many dog lovers have a tendency to allow their pets to sleep with them. In fact, a survey from an American Kennel Club reports that roughly a half (45%) of dog owners share their bedroom with their dogs, 20% crate their dog and only 17% use a dog bed.
That proves the prevalence of sleeping with dogs. However, the question referring to the safety level remains a source of controversy. Significant benefits aside, letting dogs on your bed triggers several health risks.
- First of all, this can aggravate pet allergies and asthma. Because pet allergens can easily spread to other surfaces such as clothing, bed frames, and bedding so for those who suffer from asthma or have allergies to dogs and cats should keep these pets away from your bed.
- Second, they can interrupt your sleep. Dogs and cats are nocturnal so they tend to wake you suddenly at night. Indeed, it’s such a struggle when they may kick you all the time, make sounds and pull your blanket. Worse, though most dogs are friendly when you unintentionally peeve them, they can scratch or even bite you.
- Third, they possibly take space and interfere with intimacy for couples. It has always been a hassle if your dogs are of big size and have weird sleeping habits such as pressing their body up against your back. You may not have enough space to sleep comfortably. More seriously, for couples, dogs can separate and interfere between you and your lovers.
Is it OK if dogs eat cat food?
Feeding dogs are one of the biggest concerns for dog owners. Commonly, vet and vet nurses have frequently received questions relating to which kinds of food dogs can eat or even more weirdly ‘can a dog eat cat food?’
A seasoned dog owner should acknowledge that cat food is unsuitable for dogs for several reasons. Firstly, dogs versus cats have different nutrient dietary requirements.
- The most significant feature is that cats are carnivores and their diet should be exclusively made of meat. Meanwhile, dogs, to some beliefs, are omnivores so they can eat both meat and vegetables.
- Secondly, for the above reason, cat food often is high in fat, calories, and protein which may possibly cause gastrointestinal upset, sickness and diarrhea for cat food-eating dogs with sensitive stomachs.
If dogs eat cat food on a regular basis, complications may arise. For instance, they are at greater risk of obesity and suffer from some life-threatening pancreatitis. Therefore, allowing dogs to a lot of cat food may sometimes kill them.
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Do barks mean aggressive?
Dogs are highly expressive animals which show their exact feeling through body language and a large range of vocalizations. Barking doesn’t always mean aggression.
In fact, dog barks with different sound patterns such as barks, yelps, whines, and glows have different meanings.
To understand what kind of dog bark means, you need to pay attention to three aspects: the pitch of the bark, the duration of length created and the meaning of repetition.
The pitch of a dog bark tells us many things. Generally, high pitched sounds mean a dog doesn’t feel fearful, dominant or aggressive and you’re welcomed to approach.
By contrast, lower pitched sounds such as growl show that the dog is feeling threatening, anger and possibly aggressive. It’s like an alert against approaching.
In terms of the length, a dog making longer sound indicates that it is under a conscious decision and deliberates its next behaviors. For instance, a long, deep, sustained growl means the dog has the intention to hold his ground and will not back away.
Meanwhile, shorter bursts of growling show that the dog is worrying and it may back away.
When it comes to the frequency of barking, dogs tend to repeat a sound rapidly and continuously to show that the situation is very important and urgent. The more frequent the dog repeat the sound, the more urgent the situation is.
What are the signs of a sad dog?
Dogs are pretty much like a human when it comes to feeling. Indeed, through some typical signals, we can know whether a dog is depressed or not.
- Firstly, when dogs are sad, their eating habit changes. Just like a human, they do not want to eat and often lose weight. Meanwhile, there are also some dogs consuming a lot of food as a kind of solace when they are depressed. This results in weight gain.
- Secondly, being fallen in extreme depression, dogs tend to hide somewhere and do not interact with anything else. This is a kind of emotional sickness and dogs just want to stay alone.
- Thirdly, a dog is acknowledged to be sad when it spends most of the time sleeping and lose interest in playing. A depressing dog becomes less active and does not engage in any activity even when you’re aside it.
- Fourthly, they lick their paws many times. Apart from normal physiological reasons for your dogs to lick their paws such as bacterial infections, joint pain, and dry skin, this is a phenomenon to show that they suffer from depression.
What canines do when they are stress?
There are many ways dogs reveal their anxiety and stress that you can easily identify. It mostly comes from changes in behaviors, habits, and expressions.
- To begin with, your dogs can face some digestive issues such as diarrhea or constipation. Not mention to common reasons for this like food intolerance or disease, another important cause is stress.
- Secondly, also relating to dietary requirements, the reduction in the amount of food consumed and eating habit obviously show that your dogs are not feeling well.
- Thirdly, in terms of communication, dogs suffered from stress become more aggressive, angrier than normal. They tend to not compromise with other animals and engage in the attack. This can be accompanied by a fearful body posture and facial expression.
Dogs are a kind of extremely expressive animal so what they feel, they show exactly through their behaviors, body language, and expressions. Always pay attention to your pets and recognize unusual signals for prompt treatments.