If you happen to witness your dog exhibiting what appears to be seizures while in the midst of sleep, there’s no need to panic. In fact, it’s a positive indication. When a dog trembles or shakes during sleep, it signifies that they are in the midst of a dream. The intensity of their dreams correlates with their overall happiness.
So, if you catch your furry companion energetically running or engaging in playful movements while asleep, it’s likely a reflection of the joy and fulfillment they experienced throughout the day. This serves as a testament to the positive impact you’ve had on their well-being, as they blissfully dream about the delightful moments shared together.
Have you ever heard of the term "dog amusement park?" It's not what you think it is. A dog amusement park has a very simple definition. It is basically when you take your dog on a walk and let them lead the way.
This is especially fun for dogs who love using their sense of smell. For a dog, getting to walk around the block and choose every turn and where to stop, feels exactly like it does for you to ride a roller coaster. It's an exhilarating rush that you want to do over and over and over again.
Dogs are probably the most yoga-disciplined species on the planet. After all, they are very Zen creatures who are naturally at one with the world. But jokes aside, the average dog does the "downward-facing dog" yoga pose every time they get up from a nap or even just a rest. That's a lot of stretching!
Humans don't collectively stretch nearly as much. This begs the question, do dogs have a healthier lifestyle than humans? We think so! You definitely are not stretching downward dog every time you get up from the couch. Cats are also pathological stretchers, extending their limbs all over the place.
Play Comes in Many Forms
You would think that all dogs love playing fetch - but that's not the only way they like to play. If you are playing with your new dog for the first time, don't be disappointed if they don't exactly play like you'd expected they would. This is because different dogs have different play drives.
Pitbulls, for instance, are usually instinctually going to bring the ball right back to you after you threw it, while German Shepherds prefer that you run after them. So pay close attention to how your dog plays with you, and make sure to encourage what they like to do. That way, they'll have the most fun.
Anxiety Is Real
It should come as no surprise that humans are not the only species of the animal kingdom that suffer from some kind of anxiety. Yes, it is true. Dogs can suffer from anxiety. There are even dog medications that are very similar to human antidepressants.
Dogs have highly developed senses across the board, so it's typical for your pup to find itself overwhelmed by all of them. If you find that your dog has anxiety symptoms, pay attention and figure out where they are coming from; once you see the pattern make sure to disrupt it with love and treats.