If you think your dog looks happy when it gets into a good wiggle, kicking its legs up in the air while wiggling around on its back, well you’re right! At least, most of the time. Sometimes your dog might be excessively wiggling as if to reach an itch or another irritation.
Or sometimes, this might be their way to get your attention. Why not stop what you’re doing for a few minutes and give them attention? It’s important to observe their little wiggles to understand if they’re seeking playtime, affection, or if there’s an underlying issue causing discomfort or distress.
Not Always Fetch Time
There are several theories as to why your dog sometimes brings you a toy. One of them says that they think of you as their alpha and they want to gain your respect. Another theory says that it’s your dog’s way of showing his trust in you, by bringing you its most prized possession.
It can also mean that are happy to see you. In this case, throwing the object away can hurt the dog's feelings. So the next time your dog brings you a toy, try holding on to it to see if it makes your dog even a bit happy.
Yawning Doesn’t Only Express Exhaustion
While humans yawn only when they feel tired or sometimes bored, it is not the same way for dogs. One reason could be that they feel safe around you and trust you. In nature, animals yawn as a sign of submission. When your dog yawns 15 times, you can be sure that they are very relaxed.
But, yawning also may indicate anticipation or stress. When your dog is waiting in the vet’s office, he may yawn repeatedly as a way to deal with nervousness. Dogs may also yawn before going on a walk, as a way to control their enthusiasm.
Looking at You Before You Leave
One thing that makes owners particularly sad when they leave is the look on their dog’s face as they walk out. Oftentimes, the dog will have a calm look on its face. Dog owners, don’t be mistaken, their calmness isn’t a sign of sadness.
It shows that while they’re sad you’re leaving, they know you will be back. You have gained their trust and they are calm because they know they can count on you to return later on. Dogs are incredibly perceptive and can sense your emotions. So, leave them with a reassuring goodbye and return to a happy reunion!
Why Your Dog Paces Back and Forth
If your dog paces back and forth, this can be for a number of reasons. Your dog may be bored, nervous, or excited. Like humans, they also pace around the room. If your dog is pacing around you in circles, it can be a sign that they want to play with you.
They want to know whether you are open to playing. When two dogs meet, it’s common that they will chase each other. This isn’t something threatening or something to fear, it’s just their way of playing.