The first part of this fascinating “get to know your dog” list has brought us a few miles further towards knowing what our dogs are all about. This second, and not less engaging part, will take us all the way. Sit back, take your notes and prepare to fall in love once again, with man’s best friend.
When Its Head Is Out of the Car Window...
If you have enough room in your car for your dog, this one is for you. It's all got to do with their amazing scenes of smell. When traveling in the car, we feel the fresh breeze blowing in our hair, but our dogs sense the smell in the air, ten times stronger than when still.
When a dog sticks its head out of the window, they are literally in euphoria. Their Brain, which is packed with sensors, gets overstimulated and the pressured air, blowing straight at their face, envelopes them with great highs. Ultimately, if the window of opportunity is open, the dog is going to seize it.
Wanting to Go Out Constantly
Naturally, dogs want to be outside all the time, however, they get used to living indoors and understand that they go out whenever they are taken out. If your dog (that is used to going out three times a day), suddenly asks to be taken out all the time, it's probably the time of the month (not for your dog, but for the neighbor's female dog).
When a female dog is in heat, your male dog will smell it for miles. Remember: regardless of other dogs and their time of the month, dogs want to be outside as much as possible, so whenever you can take them out.
Look, what warm-blooded creature doesn't snore from time to time? It's just something that comes with the luxury of sleep. So, it's not only your better half that keeps you up with his/her snoring but also your dog can be blessed with this irritating behavior. When a dog snores, it's not only its owners that are kept awake but also itself.
When a dog snores, it repeatedly wakes up during the night (nothing to worry about, as it doesn't have an office to go to in the morning). Dogs are not supposed to snore, and if this happens often and loudly, consult with your vet.
Yes, it is normal for dogs to experience occasional itching, but what if they exhibit compulsive scratching behavior? There are numerous potential causes for this behavior that warrant attention. Compulsive itching in dogs can be triggered by various factors. It may be indicative of an allergy, such as a reaction to the fabric softener used on their blanket or sheet.
Other possible culprits include mites, insect bites, skin infections, or even a sensitivity to the recently purchased dog shampoo. To address this issue, it is crucial to identify the underlying cause through careful observation and, if necessary, seek guidance from a veterinarian. Determining the root cause enables appropriate treatment, ensuring relief for your furry companion and restoring their comfort and well-being.
In the animal kingdom, there is no creature that isn't protective of its food. Then there are dogs. In the wild, dogs (originating from the wolf family) guard and protect their food for a purpose of surviving. It's in their blood. And when a dog guards its food, it should be trained, especially if there are young children or babies around.
Do this when your dog is still a puppy. Teach them (with professional guidance) that the food does not have to be guided, especially when children approach. The last thing you want is your dog growling at your baby or child if they accidentally touch the dog's bowl.
Lack of Appetite
Most healthy dogs can go for as long as two days without eating, however, if you notice your dog has not been eating properly or has completely lost its appetite, there is room for concern. Many health conditions can cause a lack of appetite such as dental disease.
Vaccination could also lead to losing an appetite and when a dog travels, it can take a while before its eating habits are anywhere near back to their normal ways. If more than a day or two have gone by and your dog is still not eating as it should, consult with your vet.
If you ever wondered why your dog chases cars, carry on reading. Apparently, it's in their instinct. It's something they are born with. They just love to chase things that are constantly on the move. And the faster they go, the more interested they get.
This behavior can be very dangerous as it can lead to car accidents, the dog getting hurt, or even you — the dog owner — getting hit by a car. Propper professional training is the only solution here. It's a common issue with dogs all over, and if this concerns you, we suggest having it treated.
A dog's crouching posture holds significance and can convey various messages. Understanding the meaning behind it may require careful observation and monitoring. Crouching can signify a range of emotions and intentions, including nervousness, insecurity, fear, or anticipation of engaging in play with another companion.
Regardless of the specific context or message your dog is trying to convey, one thing is clear: when a dog crouches, it communicates something important. It serves as a nonverbal expression of their current state of mind and warrants attention from their human companions. Paying close heed to their body language and behavior enables us to better understand our furry friends and respond appropriately to their needs and emotions.
What's Up With Genitals?
Dogs typically engage in genital licking as part of their natural cleaning routine. However, it is important to note when this behavior becomes excessive. If you observe your dog repeatedly focusing on their genital area more than they do on other parts of their body, it may indicate an underlying issue.
One possible cause could be a urinary tract infection, which can lead to genital discharge and irritation. This discomfort may be prompting your dog's increased licking behavior. Recognizing this, it is advisable to seek veterinary attention to properly diagnose and treat any potential infections or underlying conditions. Taking proactive steps to address your dog's health concerns can help restore their comfort and well-being.
Ears Say It All
In a dog's world, the ears say it all. These next "ear rules" will help you understand what your dog is going through and assure they are treated accordingly. Ears forward and up are a happy and curious dog. Let's face it - how could it not mean that? It's pretty obvious!
Maybe it wants to play or chase someone? Flat and close to the head ears indicate that the dog is scared or unsecured. Ears that are not flat on the head but are apart, the dog is probably sad or bothered by something. As for us humans, we don't really have the ability to show people how we feel with our ears.
Whining and Whining
If you're a parent of a baby or young child, the familiar sound of whining likely resonates with you. Similarly, a whining dog often indicates discomfort or attempts to communicate pain. However, it is crucial to pay close attention to the context. While a whining dog can genuinely be experiencing discomfort or pain, it's important to note that sometimes it can be a simple plea for attention.
Just like children, dogs may resort to whining as a way to seek interaction or express their desire for companionship. Therefore, careful observation and understanding the nuances of their behavior are essential to discern when the whine is genuine and requires attention or when it's simply an appeal for engagement.
Growling (And Soft Growling)
Growling is usually what keeps us, humans, away from a dog. It frightens us and we feel threatened by it. A growling dog is a protective dog, therefor this justifies our behavior (and not only theirs). There is probably a reason for them to feel insecure.
A growling dog will usually become an aggressive dog and can be resulted in an attack. On the other hand, if your dog produces a soft growl, it could indicate, that it's in a playful mood. But if you ever see this dog with this expression on his face, it's probably best to just walk away.
Unlike puppies, adult dogs exhibit a more deliberate and purposeful approach when it comes to licking. When dogs lick their lips, it often serves as a mechanism to comfort and pacify whoever is approaching them. It's a subtle gesture employed to soothe potential tension or unease. In certain situations where dogs perceive a threat or harbor a hint of aggression, licking their lips can be an instinctual response.
Furthermore, licking may also come into play when dogs feel frustrated or perplexed, as it serves as an appeasement signal, expressing a desire for harmonious interaction and diffusing potential conflicts. Understanding the nuanced language of licking in dogs enables us to decipher their emotions and respond appropriately.
Closing or Opening Mouth Slightly
A dog's mouth is typically open, exuding an air of tranquility and contentment, signaling their happiness and satisfaction. However, it's important to take notice when your dog's mouth appears slightly opened, displaying tension and an overall sense of discomfort. Keenly observe your dog to detect if their mouth is slightly open or even slightly closed.
Because it could be an indication that they are experiencing stress, fear, or pain. This change in their mouth posture may be an expression of their unease and a signal for you to provide them with attention and care. By attentively monitoring their body language and addressing any potential underlying issues, you can help ensure your furry friend's well-being and alleviate their discomfort.
Just like humans, all pets (especially dogs) want to live in a clean environment, so when your dog starts to urinate in your home, something is wrong. There is no reason for a dog to purposely empty its bladder if everything is ok. And we can't expect them to find the toilet and hit the target of their own accord.
That is just not in their nature! Urinating around the house can be a sign of a problem with kidney function and when concerning older dogs, could be a sign of another medical condition that needs to be looked at.
Have you ever witnessed your dog pressing its head against a wall or pushing against a solid object? It's important to note that these actions are not mere playful antics; they demand your immediate attention. Such behavior can serve as a worrisome indicator of underlying health conditions. It could be a potential sign of poisoning or a neurological disorder affecting the brain.
Recognizing the urgency, it is imperative to prioritize your dog's well-being and promptly seek veterinary care.Visiting a veterinarian as soon as possible is crucial in situations like these. Timely intervention and expert diagnosis are essential to identify the root cause and initiate appropriate treatment, ensuring the best possible outcome for your beloved canine companion.
Dogs aren't known for the fragrance of roses trailing out of their mouth. In fact, they usually have some sort of unsavory aroma coming from that part of their body - it's part of their charm! However, if your dog's breath suddenly starts to smell worse than usual — do not ignore this.
Bad breath can indicate a medical situation that must be treated. One of its internal organs (liver or kidneys) might need care. Dog's breath could also smell sweet, which might indicate that there is a sugar level issue, such as diabetes. Anyway, if the breath of your dog doesn't stink in the usual way, it's time to visit the vet.
Raising Their Paws
When your dog (usually a young puppy) raises its paw, don't ignore it. Whatever you do - acknowledge that darn paw. They are trying to ask for something. They either want to play or are just seeking your attention. If it's not the right time for you for doggy play, at least let your dog know that now is not the time.
That fraction of attention can sometimes do the job (Amazing how these animals are like our kids). If an adult dog does this, it will usually place its paw on your lap, and this will mean he is hungry, or the water bowl is empty.
The Puppy Dog Eyes
When your dog is still a puppy, it's not much different than when your teenager is still a baby or toddler. The eyes say it all. Those great big puppy eyes manage to melt our hearts. What does that expression mean? Not much apparently.
Just like when your baby or toddler stares at you. When you leave the house in the morning, on most occasions, your dog will be calm. They know the routine. It is now time to leave, but they know that you will return. Funny, though - those puppy eyes never really go away. Your dog will leverage those bad boys until the end of time.
Dogs Eating Grass
Eating grass is a pretty common behavior in dogs. Unfortunately, this usually means that their diet is lacking a specific nutrient, or they are simply trying to digest their food better (grass helps with this since it is basically fiber). Also, it may be a sign of intestinal worms.
Or, it may just mean it's hot outside and they're trying to stay hydrated by drinking any remaining water on the grass. In any case, if your dog starts doing this too often, it might be good to go for a vet check-up. You never know what might be the underlying issue. Better to be safe than sorry.
When Your Dog Shows Empathy
Whenever you see your dog showing empathy, it means exactly that: they feel empathetic. Dogs can sense when there are 'strange' feelings in the air, especially when those feelings are anger or sadness. And when your dog senses you're upset, they most likely will want to comfort you in any way they can.
If you're feeling down and your dog is next to you, looking at you, licking you, or just kindly resting his head or his paw on you, they are just simply letting you know that they are there for you. Or if you're having a tender moment like these two - yes, that also counts.
When Your Dog Stays By Your Side
If you've ever owned a dog (or had kids), it's safe to say you know the term 'invasion of privacy' all too well. Generally, pets are invasive. And while dogs might not be as intrusive as their feline counterparts, they still have a tendency to get all up in your business.
Just remember, whenever you get annoyed because your dog is invading your personal space, like following you to the toilet and just standing there, it just means they want to be close to you. Dogs are pack animals, and pack animals like to stay close to their pack! And you are their pack.
The Post-Bath Boost of Energy
Listen, we all feel refreshed after a shower or a dip in the pool, and the same certainly applies to members of the canine kingdom. Some dogs actually enjoy getting a bath, but it's definitely the exception to the rule. Usually, dogs can't wait to get out of the bath!
When your dog starts running like a mad animal after getting a bath, this obviously means they're not too fond of it. Dogs will also do this because being wet is an uncomfortable sensation to them, and they just want to dry off as quickly as possible and get their 'smell' back.
When Your Dog Brings You a Gift
Just like this adorable little french bulldog in the picture below, we're sure your dog has brought you shoes, gifts, and, in less desirable situations, a dead animal, once or twice at least. If your dog does this, take it as the utmost sign of respect and reverence - they're actually trying to make you happy by gifting you something! How cute is that?!
Now you know, next time your dog struts proudly into the room with a dead animal in its mouth, just try and hide the grossed-out face and smile. Unless, of course, it is the neighbor's cat.
Dogs Sleeping Back to Back
We've domesticated dogs so much that we often forget where they came from, and the fact that they're 'pack' animals. We're reminded of this every time we see two dogs getting along or exhibiting 'pack' behaviors around each other. For example, when they sleep back to back.
Apart from being incredibly cute, this is something a dog will only do with another member of what they consider to be their 'pack,' a dog they completely trust. At the end of the day, dogs look out for one another and will watch each other's back, and sleep against each other's back too.
Curled Up Like a Fox
Another endearing position that dogs often assume is when they curl up into a compact ball, resembling a charming little fox. In this delightful posture, their paws tuck snugly beneath their body, and their tail wraps around, even reaching their face. Interestingly, this behavior is commonly associated with feeling cold.
Dogs instinctively adopt this curled-up stance as it aids in conserving their body heat. By compacting themselves tightly, they minimize the surface area exposed to the chilly air, allowing them to retain warmth more efficiently. If you spot your furry companion sleeping in this cozy position at home, a simple gesture of kindness would be to provide them with a soft blanket to further cocoon themselves in comfort and warmth.
The Belly Curl
This pose might look adorably cute, but it actually means that your dog is not getting a good night's sleep when it lies like this. We call this "the belly curl." Pretty similar to the Superman pose, but this time around - the dog's legs are completely straight - making it almost look like he is doing some planks.
The belly curl is when your dog sleeps on its belly with its paws underneath or out to the sides, and dogs can't reach REM sleep because their muscles aren't completely relaxed. Dogs with a more gentle and shy personality often sleep like this.
The 'Passed Out' Pose
As opposed to the 'dead bug' pose, there is also another position that looks like your dog is passed out. But unlike the dead bug position, which means your dog is comfortable and on cloud nine, this pose may mean your dog is overheating and is quickly trying to cool off.
So, how do you recognize this pose? If a dog's paws are swung across its chest, it's better to just leave them alone and let them get their rest! They'll find a way to cool off alone! Don't worry, he's not passed out in the true sense of the word; he's just "uber-relaxed."
The 'Superman' Pose
This is one of the cutest poses a dog can be in; the superman pose. Surely your dog has sometimes come back from a long walk or a run or some very energetic playtime with other dog buddies and has completely crashed, lying on its belly, limbs sprawled out on the floor.
This basically means that your dog has finally reached the point of exhaustion. Puppies do this a lot since it makes it easier for them to quickly pop back up into a standing position and go back to playing for another 10 hours! Check out this guy - he looks so cute in his Superman pose!
Sleeping on Their Side
Many dogs sleep on their sides when taking a nap, but they don't usually stay in this position for long, not for an entire night's sleep, at least. This is because lying on their side means that, in case of a sudden threat, it will take them longer to stand up and get in a defensive position.
So, if your dog sleeps like this or even naps like this, it most likely means they are a very happy and carefree dog, with complete trust in its 'pack.' We like sleeping on our sides as much as the next dog - but yeah, this is why man's best friend does it.
Dead Dog Pose
The internet has been flooded bu cute and funny pictures of people's dogs in the 'dead bug' pose. You know, when your dog basically looks like a dead bug, with its limbs sticking up in the air. But unlike a dead bug, your dog probably has a relaxed face, almost with a content little smirk.
This is because when a dog is lying in this position, it means it is submissive and vulnerable and feels safe in its environment. Not all dogs can sleep like this, so when they do it usually means they are a bit more laid back and independent in character.
Straight Tail and Ears Forward
You've probably witnessed your beloved dog assuming this posture countless times—tail held straight and ears pointed forward. As you might guess, those forward ears are a sign that they're actively honing in on their surroundings, eager to grasp every auditory detail.
This behavior signifies that something has captured your dog's attention, piquing their curiosity and prompting them to embark on a fact-finding mission. Their alertness indicates a novel sound or enticing scent has entered their environment, captivating their senses. They stand ready to explore and investigate the source of this newfound fascination, their innate curiosity urging them to unravel the mystery that has ignited their interest.
Open Mouth, Relaxed Tail, and High Ears
Many people often ponder about the opportune moment to approach a dog. The answer lies in observing their body language. When you come across a dog with an open mouth, a relaxed tail, and ears pointed straight up, that's the perfect time to engage with them.
In this state, the dog is displaying a neutral and relaxed demeanor, indicating that they feel secure and at ease in their surroundings. It's a clear signal that they are approachable and open to interaction. If you're yearning for some cuddles or bonding time, this is an ideal opportunity to forge a connection with the furry friend and share moments of affection and companionship.
Dog Squinting or Blinking
Surely, you have been emotionally manipulated or just brought to a puddle of "awww" from the cuteness of seeing your dog with that slight squint, looking straight at you. When your dog squints or blinks, it usually means he's looking to get your attention in order to spend some quality time with you.
If your dog starts doing this often, maybe you're spending too much time apart, and you need to make some more time for your fluffy friend. So yeah, don't be a stranger to your beloved hounds, people. The squinting needs to be kept to a minimum for their sake!
Sniffing Other Dogs' Butts
This might be one of the most puzzling practices that dogs will do. After all, humans don't really do this like...ever. So what's the deal? You've surely heard the line, "Can you imagine if people greeted each other like that?", amongst your dog-owning friends when referring to dogs' butt-sniffing.
Well, there's obviously a reason behind this; since a dog's sense of smell is at least 10,000 better than a human's, they use their nose to learn about the world around them. Dogs learn about each other by sniffing each other's butts; they can learn about the other dog's gender, reproductive status, temperament, diet, and more.
When Dogs Hump
Humping is a very common and natural behavior in dogs. And contrary to what most people may think, it is not always sexual in nature, or a dominance thing, for that matter. Dogs can hump other dogs, objects, or people, and it is usually a playful activity for them. It does look quite funny, to be fair.
Unless the other dog is bothered by the humping, there's really no harm in them doing this. It's not really a problem unless it bothers the owner, and if the humping is with people, then you might want to break the habit for other people's sake.
When your pup licks you, it is usually to say "I love you," or to seek out your attention. Also, you can taste pretty good; don't forget we have nutrients and minerals in our skin, and plenty of sodium to boot. We're basically a salty treat to dogs.
If the licking becomes too intense, training your dog to not do this can be done with basic training. The best way to go about this is to ignore your dog when it licks you and reward it with a treat when he stops. Oh and that myth about dogs' saliva being cleaner than humans'? Just a myth.
Chasing Their Tail
Tail-chasing, in most cases, is simply a sign of playfulness, but keep an eye out if your dog starts doing this excessively. It might mean there's a health or behavioral issue behind it; for example, if your dog chews at his tail when he catches it, then he might have skin allergies or anal glands that need to be emptied at the vet.
If your dog starts chasing its tail all the time and in an obsessive manner, it may be a sign of OCD. Yes, this affects animals, too. You're better off checking with your vet, just to be on the safe side.
Yes, dogs can do this from time to time. It is extremely disgusting, but it is not that uncommon. When a dog starts eating its own or other dogs' feces (also called coprophagia), it usually comes down to one of two things; either it is a behavior that can be corrected through training, or it is a sign of malnutrition.
The best thing to do is to take your dog to the vet if it starts doing this too often. If your vet rules out any nutrient deficiency or medical reason, then it's time to go to a trainer to help your dog break the habit.
While you may think your dog is trying to yodel, this may be your dog trying to communicate with you. In fact, many owners swear that their dogs can speak to them, even if there is no substantial evidence to back this up.
A writer for an animal journal comments about his dog's yowling: “Our German Shepherd rescue, the sweetest dog we have ever owned (unless you happen to be a cat), is 9. She 'talks' about everything! Grumbles, over being denied a cat lunch, has 5-minute conversations over going out for a walk, exchanges pleasantries (you would swear) over how happy she is to see someone.”
Hugging With Their Eyes
If your dog gives you puppy eyes, then this is a really good sign. Most dog owners think that puppy eyes are a sign that their dog is trying to get their attention by being cute. But actually, puppy eyes are a show of their affection for you and their way of hugging you.
This adorable look of innocence is a sign that they adore you and are looking for you to hug or kiss them. If your dog looks straight into your eyes and stares at you, you should be very happy because it shows that your dog is crazy about you!
The Meaning of Howling
Some people may try to quiet their dogs when they howl but there is a reason that your dog will make this primitive sound. In short, this is a dog’s way of yelling. Just like yelling is a way for humans to release any angry feelings they have inside, dogs do the same thing by howling.
It is a form of catharsis for the dog, who may be holding in some kind of frustration, annoyance, or pain. Owners assume that dogs howl in order to assert their dominance, but in reality, they are doing so because it feels good for them to do it.
Walking in Circles Before Lying Down
Sometimes your dog may walk in circles before they lie down. If you are wondering why they do this, it actually is a habit that perhaps their wolf ancestors passed down to them. Wolves do this before they lay down in order to flatten leaves or debris that have made their resting spot uncomfortable.
While your dog probably doesn’t have any debris lying around their dog bed or kitchen floor, they seem to have retained this habit and it is quite funny to watch them do it. You know what? Cats also do this, but probably just to get comfortable before committing to that eventual rest.
Why Your Puppy Bows
When a human bows, it is usually to show a sign of respect to the recipient of the bow. But when a dog bows, it can be for several reasons. The way that they bow is by lowering their heads and keeping their body erect. Most of the time, it is a sign that they want to play.
They might add in a pair of swinging hips or start wagging their tails in a wild and excited manner. This is the most common sign your dog will give you when they want to play. Dog trainers call this the “play bow.”
In some aspects, dogs are very similar to humans in how they relay their emotions. Much like humans, they show a lot of their emotions in their eyes. When they are sad or tired, they look down at the ground. When they are excited, they open their eyes wide open and look around excitedly.
When they want something, they will look at you and perhaps raise their eyebrows as if they are asking you a question. For a lot of dogs, you can tell how they are feeling by looking at their eyes rather than at their tail. For real.
Why Your Dog Pants
No, panting doesn’t mean that your dog is out of breath or about to have a heart attack. Actually, this is the way that dogs cool off when they’re overheating. Because they aren’t able to sweat like humans, this is their own way of lowering their body temperature.
If you see your dog panting, it’s a good time to give them water. Another reason for panting may be that your dog is trying to alleviate pain or stress. Most dogs pant on the reg, but it is important to monitor this and make sure they have all their needs met.
After Meal Cuddles
Does your dog come to cuddle you after eating? Just like sleeping in your bed at night, this could be another sign of their love for you. After a meal, just like many humans, dogs want to take a good nap. And, they want to be near their favorite person when they do it.
Actually, this is an intense way for canines to express their adoration of their favorite human, you! Just a tip, if your dog tends to do this, watch what you feed them. You do not want any gas passing while they are cuddling up against you.
You probably don’t appreciate being slapped by another human — most likely, that person is upset with you. If your dog slaps you with his paw, this isn’t exactly a sign that he’s angry with you. Actually, it can be his way of trying to get your attention.
However, a dog slapping another dog is a different story entirely. It is a sign of trust, that the dog trusts the other. It’s basically how humans pat each other on the back, which is a friendly or congratulatory gesture. It's basically one dog saying to another dog, "you know what, dude, you're alright...I like you."
If They Sleep With You, They Love You
Does your four-legged friend prefer to sleep with you instead of their dog bed? For dogs, this behavior is one that has been passed down from their ancestors who slept together for warmth and security. Your dog wants to feel close to you, protected, and warm. It also is a sign that your dog adores you and wants to be close to you at night.
Your dog can also make you feel more loved and protected while you are sleeping, thus positively impacting your sleep. And for a human, having an adorable hound by your side is basically like having a teddy bear with a heartbeat by your side all night.
The Reason for Biting
Being bit by a dog isn’t a pleasant experience. But actually, a bite can indicate affection and that the pup wants to play. When dogs play together there’s often a lot of biting involved. There is nothing aggressive about this behavior. A dog will bite a person as a way of communicating their current state of mind.
The dog could be reacting in aggression, fear, or nervousness. There are, however, ways to prevent a dog bite from ever happening if you stay in tune with the dog’s body language. The earlier you can help your dog with this kind of behavior, the easier it will be in the long term.
Why Do Dogs Dig up the Yard?
No, he’s not just evil and trying to ruin the new flower bed you’ve planted. Digging for dogs is an instinctual activity written deep in their DNA, especially in terrier breeds. Dogs usually dig in the yard to hide or uncover their valuables, like toys or bones. Feral dogs may dig holes to uncover prey under the ground in tunnel systems.
They also bury their dead young much like humans. If you want your dog to stop this behavior, then you will want to properly train them. Otherwise, they will continue this innate behavior. There is a time and place for digging, so it should be moderated.
The Cute Side Tongue Means Something
When a dog has his tongue hanging out of his mouth on one side, it’s a sign that he feels calm and happy. You may often see your dog like this after going for a walk or playing fetch. But, if your dog has his tongue to the side more often than not, it can be a reason to worry.
This condition may be the “hanging tongue syndrome.” This is usually the case with breeds with flattened noses like boxers or bulldogs. If your dog is like this, get them to the vet. It's not necessarily a good thing for them to have in the long run.
Straightening Their Tail
When a dog sticks their tail straight in the air, it can be a show of confidence or excitement. Some dogs do this when they meet other animals or dogs. If their tail stays erect and is a little shaky, it is a sign that they expect a challenge.
When a dog feels happy, content, and loved, its tail is usually more leveled with its body. But if their tail is low or between their legs, it could mean that they feel insecure. The tail really is one of the key indicators of how your pooch might be feeling, especially when they are immersed in nature.
Have you ever been on a walk with your dog when they suddenly stop dead in their tracks and put their foot up in the air? While you may think that they stepped on something and hurt themselves, this behavior is completely normal. What they are doing is actually trying to figure something out that caught their attention.
It’s a sign that their brains are working. While lifting their paw they might also start to sniff like crazy. So, you can just chalk this behavior up to your dog being Inspector Gadget. They really are the secret service of the animal kingdom.
Wrinkling Their Muzzle
It goes without saying, but dogs have different ways of showing their varying moods. And it also goes without saying that not all of them are positive. After all, they get angry, sad, and worried like any other mammal. When a dog wrinkles their muzzle, it is most likely a sign of them being aggressive.
If they show their teeth and snarl, you should take this as a sign that you need to remove them from the situation they are in. These kinds of actions can mean that your dog is prepared to attack if they feel it is necessary.
It's a well-known fact that dogs, similar to many other animals, rely on licking themselves as a natural way to keep their bodies clean. So, if your furry companion gets dirty or messy, it's highly likely that they will instinctively lick themselves to restore cleanliness. However, it's essential to be aware that excessive licking can also serve as a sign of pain or discomfort.
If you observe your dog frequently licking their legs and paws, especially in the vicinity of their joints (a common occurrence in dogs with arthritis), it's advisable to consult a veterinarian. Seeking professional attention ensures that you can address any underlying issues and ensure your beloved companion's well-being.
Flicking Their Ears
Ears are a really important entry into your dog's soul. It can tell you a lot of how they are feeling at any given time of day. When a dog flicks their ears, it means that they’re listening. This is actually what most animals do to listen.
When they hear a sign which isn’t familiar to them and they’re trying to figure out what it is, this is how they react. If you see your dog flicking their ears, let them figure out for a second what it is that they’re listening to. It’s also adorable for you to see your dog being so observant and inquisitive.
Why They Tackle You to the Floor
Does your dog tackle you to the floor right when you walk through the door? This isn’t their way of annoying you or trying to get your attention. They are just so happy to see the person they love the most in the world.
They’ve been waiting around the house all day for you to get back from work and are so happy that you are finally home! Just like humans jump for joy or embrace each other with big hugs, dogs also jump for joy. Jumping in other situations may be a sign of something less joyous, like your dog trying to assert dominance over you.
Lean on Me
Does your dog ever lean on you when you’re hanging around? Obviously this means that they love you and never want to leave your side, right? While you may not even notice that they are leaning some of their body weight against you, this is a sign that they’re hugging you.
It’s not that they’re lazy and can’t stand up on their own but it’s their way of connecting with you. Next time you notice your dog doing this, don’t nudge them off of you. This can be hurtful. Instead, you should allow them to express their affection for you.
Why Your Dog Lays on Your Feet
Dogs love laying right on their owners’ feet whether you are sitting at dinner or watching television on the couch. This sweet sign shows your dog’s loyalty and desire to protect you. They want to be as close to you as possible. And if you try and get up, they won’t have a problem with letting you move.
This behavior is another one that has been passed down from their ancestors. Dogs love to sleep with their pack. If you are a good and trusting caregiver, then the dog will consider you as their family. They also consider you the leader of their pack.
Dragging Its Bum
If you've seen your dog dragging its bum across the floor, you might think it looks pretty funny. But actually, this is a cause for concern. This behavior is known as scooting and is usually because your dog has an impacted anal sac that they are trying to release. Some breeds are impacted by this more than others.
So it's important to keep an eye on this if it effects one of your beloved hounds. It is very uncomfortable for the dog when it happens and you should get your dog to the vet ASAP so that they can drain the organ.
Their Tails Say as Much as Their Eyes
You probably know this by now, but when a dog wags its tail, it’s a sign of extreme happiness and excitement. But if they hang their tail down while wagging it, it can be a show of submissiveness.
It can also be a sign that they are confused, sad, or unwell. When they wag their tail high it can show that they’re ready to play and are very alert. Their tail says almost as much as their eyes do. So always make sure to keep an eye on what's going on with their tail, and you'll have a good idea what they want at any given time.
Why a Dog Raises Its Paws
When your dog raises their paws, it can be a clear indication that they have a specific desire or that they are eager to engage in play. This behavior is commonly seen in puppies and younger dogs, who often employ it to communicate their needs. For instance, when a puppy wants to be fed, it will instinctively raise its paws to gently touch its mother.
Similarly, if your puppy raises its paws towards you, it may signify their longing for love, attention, and affection from their human companion. It's their way of seeking a connection and expressing their trust in you as their caretaker. Responding with tenderness and showering them with affection can deepen your bond and bring them comfort.
Tucking Their Tail
When your dog is in distress, one common behavior they exhibit is tucking their tail between their legs. This gesture indicates a range of emotions such as uncertainty, nervousness, fear, guilt, or even shame. It serves as a clear signal that something is amiss in their world.
Recognizing this sign, it's crucial to provide comfort and create a sense of security for your furry friend. You can achieve this by offering gentle pets and speaking to them in a soothing tone. Additionally, rewarding them with delicious dog treats can help alleviate their distress, showing them that you're there to support and care for them during challenging times.
Exposing Their Belly Is a Sign of Respect
When a dog exposes its belly to you, it shows that it respects you and is being submissive. It might also be a sign that he wants to play with you. You can encourage them to continue this behavior by rubbing their belly.
If you do rub their belly, then they’ll want to continue this behavior as they’ve learned that you are going to give them a nice massage every time they do this. But, a dog can also roll on its back when they’re being attacked by another animal. Basically, rolling is usually a good thing! So let the good times roll.
Unlike humans, dogs don't only stretch after waking up from a nap or to limber up their muscles. Stretching for dogs can also serve as a beautiful expression of affection and love towards someone. So, when you arrive home and witness your dog stretching, it's not necessarily an indication that they were snoozing.
Instead, they are using this moment to convey their sheer excitement at your presence. It's their adorable way of saying, "Hey, I'm thrilled to see you! Please shower me with your love and affection in return." Embrace their heartfelt stretch and reciprocate with warmth, joy, and love.
Flipping Their Tongues Up Means They're Sorry
When a dog feels like they've done something wrong, it'll stick its tongue out and flip it up as a way of apologizing. This adorable behavior showcases their understanding and remorse. Dogs have an innate sense of guilt and use body language to express it.
Alongside their tongue gesture, they might also wear an innocent face, manipulating their owners with irresistible cuteness. They are fully aware of their owners' weakness for their adorable expressions, and they cleverly utilize it, even when they commit acts like peeing on the floor. These actions highlight their ability to charm their way back into their human's good graces.
Sniffing the Air
Dogs use their noses for several purposes. In fact, dogs have 220 million olfactory receptors while humans have only 5 million. Dogs are dominated by their noses and can smell at least 1,000 times better than humans. When they are sniffing the air, it could be a sign that they sense danger approaching or that they’re trying to track prey.
During this, they will remain completely still. They stay absolutely silent so that their prey won’t see them. Dogs are able to smell the difference between individuals — both dogs and people. They can smell the difference between family members, even identical twins!
Tilting Their Head to the Side
A lot of people speak to their dogs in a higher pitch. When you’re talking to your dog in your “doggie” voice they sometimes tilt their head to the side as if to understand what you’re saying. Dogs are very good at reading and responding to your body language and vocal cues.
They’re capable of recognizing different words so it’s possible that they are listening for words and inflections they associate with fun activities like a treat, walk, or outside. Some experts believe that dogs tilt their heads to the side in order to adjust their outer ears to better pinpoint the noise.
Yawning Can Be a Sign Of Discomfort
While yawning can be a sign that your dog feels comfortable, it can also express something completely different. If your dog is yawning a lot in public, it’s not a sign that they’re tired and ready for their afternoon nap. It can actually express that they feel uncomfortable and anxious.
If you’re in an unfamiliar place and you notice your dog doing this, stay aware of this so that you can be there to comfort your dog and give it some love.
Pointing Its Snout
When a dog freezes up and points its snout toward something specific, this is called pointing. They might also lift one of their front paws while doing this. Dogs bred for hunting do this often, but also every dog does it at times.
Veterinarian Dr. Ellen Vindell told Vet Street, “dogs are just dogs, and there are certain behaviors that probably any dog that’s a dog can do…. You’ll see a sporting dog who circles like a herding dog, and you’ll get some herding dogs who point.”
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.
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!
Wiggling Like a Caterpillar
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.
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.
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.
Why Dogs Bark
Barking has several purposes and it depends on the situation, how the dog barks, and what's in their environment. If a dog is barking loud and frequently, it could indicate a degree of urgency. They may be sensing danger approaching and are trying to let you know.
If a dog is barking short and soft barks, they might want you to play with them. If a dog barks loudly then it could be a sign that they’re in pain. In addition, dogs may bark to communicate their territorial boundaries, express fear or anxiety, seek attention, or warn of potential intruders.
Chewing on the Furniture Doesn't Mean They're Hungry
Just like growing children, puppies will want to chew on toys and other objects in order to relieve the pain of growing teeth. But, if your pet is always chewing the furniture and they aren’t a puppy anymore, this could be a sign of something else. It can be a sign that they aren’t getting enough physical activity and need a way to get their energy out.
You can start by getting them out of the house for a walk. While this won’t solve everything, it’s a good starting point. You can usually tell when your dog isn’t getting enough exercise and this is one telltale sign.
When your dog gets up on his hind legs, it can have a number of meanings. One of these is a sign of affection. Like humans, sometimes they just want to hug you. But, if they get up on their hind legs while interacting with other dogs it can be a sign that they’re feeling playful.
If they aren’t growling or acting aggressively, then this is just their way of playing. Some dogs may also stand on their hind legs as a way to seek attention or to get a better view of their surroundings. Remember, each dog is unique.
They Show You Their Belly
There is something about that exposed canine belly that is just irresistible to give one massive stroke. It's the stuff that dreams are made of. Have you ever wondered why dogs roll on their backs and show you their bellies? It's actually not normal instinctual behavior.
The dog's oldest ancestor, the wolf, would never show their belly because that's its most vulnerable spot. So, If your dog shows you its belly, it means they are super trusting and super confident with you. They are on their back, knowing that if any predator comes around, you will be there to protect them.
Instinct Comes First
People will try to teach their dogs many things. Tricks like sitting or staying, herding or fetching, and even expert tricks like opening a fridge. But good luck teaching a pug how to open a refrigerator. When you get a new dog, could you pay attention to its behavior?
Are they highly driven or lazy? Do they like to fetch or be chased? Every dog has a genetic instinct that inclines them towards certain behaviors, and if they are positive behaviors, then reward and encourage more of them. For the most part, the way your dog behaves is really in the lap of the gods.
What the Coat Depends On
When welcoming a new dog into your life, it becomes crucial to closely monitor their dietary intake. Each dog breed possesses unique nutritional requirements, necessitating tailored diets. These dietary variances encompass the appropriate ratios of fat, protein, and quantity. Ensuring that your dog receives a well-balanced and nutritious diet directly impacts their overall health and well-being.
A healthy diet contributes to a softer and more lustrous coat, reflecting the dog's optimal condition. If you aspire to have a canine companion with a radiant and healthy coat, prioritizing their nutrition is key. By providing them with quality and suitable food, you make a valuable investment in their overall health and appearance.
If your adorable little pup happens to be beside you, attempting to pick it up and tickle its paws might not go over well—most dogs are sensitive in that area and may swiftly evade the interaction. This heightened sensitivity is due to the paws being one of the most delicate spots on a dog's body.
It emphasizes the importance of taking proactive measures to protect those tender feet throughout the year. By providing your dog with both winter and summer socks, you can ensure their paws remain healthy, shielded, and secure from external elements. These specially designed socks provide an additional layer of comfort and safeguarding, contributing to your beloved companion's overall well-being.
Going Through Changes
Similar to humans, dogs also undergo a phase akin to puberty, resulting in noticeable shifts in their personalities as they age. For example, as a dog progresses from the ages of 5 to 15, their play drive gradually diminishes compared to the exuberance displayed by a youthful pup nearing 4 years old.
If you observe your dog becoming a bit grumpier with the passing years, there's no need to worry excessively. They are simply experiencing the natural process of maturing. Just like humans, dogs may encounter "growing pains" during this period of transition. Understanding and acknowledging these changes can help foster a greater understanding and empathy towards your loyal companion as they navigate through different stages of their lives.
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.
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.
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.
When are dogs at their most confident? The answer is pretty simple when you think about it. Dogs are at their happiest when they are in a pack, like their great ancestors, the wolves. This is because dogs have the primal instinct to travel, hunt, and communicate in packs.
It gives them a very clear hierarchy, which in turn gives them confidence in knowing what their job is in the pack. So it makes sense that dogs inherited this wholesome trait from their lupine ancestors. And today, your dog's pack is you! Well, you and whoever shares a house with you.
Super Power Hearing
German Shepherds possess an extraordinary sense of hearing that surpasses human capabilities by approximately sevenfold. Their acute auditory perception enables them to detect sounds at decibel levels beyond the range of our own ears. With such exceptional hearing abilities, these dogs have the potential to become lifesavers.
They can pick up on subtle cues such as heartbeats, identifying potential heart attacks, seizures, panic attacks, and even seismic activities like earthquakes. Therefore, if you are fortunate enough to have a German Shepherd as a companion, it is advisable to ensure they are aware of your arrival home long before you even reach the driveway. Their heightened senses provide an added layer of safety and security, emphasizing the remarkable bond between human and canine.
Open the Door
Many dogs can teach themselves tricks without you even having to wave a treat in their face. So what is the most common trick they learn? Well, apart from dogs that can't reach that high, most dogs teach themselves, learn from you, and familiarize themselves with how to open doors.
It makes sense. Especially since dogs are extremely intrusive animals and just need to know what's going on on the other side of that door. So don't be surprised after being gone a few hours if all the room doors are open and the trash seems like it has been rummaged.
If you happen to have a dog of a shepherd breed in your care, consider taking them for a visit to a nearby goat or sheep farm. The results might be fascinating. More often than not, upon encountering the herd, your dog will instinctively make a direct sprint towards them, effortlessly maneuvering in swift circles while issuing authoritative barks.
Furthermore, when you call your furry companion back to your side, their inherent instincts kick in, prompting them to attempt to gather and lead their newfound friends back with them. Witnessing this display of herding instinct can be both mesmerizing and endearing, highlighting the remarkable traits deeply ingrained within these shepherd breeds.
Big Dogs, Big Jobs
It is a disheartening reality that some abusers exploit the immense size and strength of dog breeds like the Caucasian Shepherd and the Tibetan Mastiff, utilizing them as mere guard dogs confined to backyards, factories, and horse stables. However, it is essential to understand that these magnificent, super-sized breeds have a distinct purpose.
Historically, they were bred to serve as guardians and protectors of vast herds. Their true calling lies in patrolling expansive territories, maintaining a distance of miles from the herd. By doing so, they effectively spread their scent, acting as a deterrent to potential predators. These remarkable dogs are also capable of fearlessly confronting and combating formidable adversaries like bears and wolves, displaying their inherent courage and formidable abilities.
While it is not uncommon for some dog owners to hold the belief that leashing their furry companions restricts their freedom and may not be pleasant for them, the reality is quite different. Dogs possess an innate drive to work and have a strong instinctual connection ingrained in their psyche. The leash serves as a means of communication and connection, providing them with a sense of belonging within their pack.
It reassures them that they have a designated role and purpose, emphasizing their importance and contribution to their human family. Far from diminishing their freedom, the leash actually enhances their understanding of their responsibilities and reinforces their bond with their owner. It is a simple yet profound way of acknowledging their place within the pack and recognizing their efforts.
Keep the Toilet Away From the Dining Table
A big part of puppy training is teaching your dog how to use the crate. The crate is a super effective method to teach your dog that one, they have their very own room in the house, and two, you can't poop in the house.
Start by closing your dog gently in the crate with their bed, food, and water inside. Keep them in there, be close, and take them for a walk after an hour. They will slowly learn that they only go to the bathroom when they are outside, and there will be no need for a crate anymore.
The early stages of any baby's life are some of the most crucial to keep an eye out for. And this applies to all species - especially dogs. If you got your first puppy and notice that it does not have the healthiest bowl function, don't worry. This is a very normal part of being a puppy.
Between the ages of 0 to 1, dogs have very sensitive stomachs and actually require a high-fat diet to keep their poops happy. So, if you have a puppy, pay more attention to what type of food you are feeding it. It'll make a big difference for all involved.
Ready for the Hunt
Certain hound breeds possess distinctively long ears that serve a specific purpose in the realm of hunting. These breeds are invaluable companions during extended hunts in wooded areas, where their exceptional tracking skills come to the forefront. Their long, floppy ears play a crucial role by effectively scooping up ground particles, carrying scents directly to their keen noses.
This extraordinary feature enables them to detect and follow the faintest of animal odors, even over vast distances. A prime example of this is the bloodhound, renowned for its unparalleled ability to track fugitives for miles through dense forests effortlessly. These remarkable hounds, equipped with their remarkable ears, embody the epitome of tracking prowess.
Careful When You Jump
Engaging in jump training with your furry friend can be an exhilarating and enjoyable activity. However, it is essential to exercise caution and refrain from introducing dogs to jumping exercises until they reach the age of two. The rationale behind this precaution lies in the fact that the joints of young dogs are still developing and relatively delicate.
Subjecting them to the impact and strain associated with high jumps can potentially cause undue stress on their vulnerable joints. By patiently waiting until they mature, you prioritize their long-term joint health, ensuring they can lead a vibrant and active life without unnecessary strain or risk of injury.
They are there when we least expect them; they can ruin a photo or, even better, create an unexpected one. They are annoying yet irresistibly cute, and we all wish we could have one around. They are The Pushy Pets.
If you are a pet owner, you will be able to relate to some of these. We know something from this list has happened to you before, and if not, enjoy what has happened to others. Take s look at these hysterically funny photos of more than just cats and dogs, finding their way in front of our lens and straight into our hearts.
Stop Holding My Dinner
Going fishing with papa is always guaranteed dinner. A tasty one too. But sometimes, he enjoys showing off his catch a little too much, and that's when it starts getting annoying. We get it; you're a great fisherman, and you catch the best fish. But when am I going to get a bite?
Poor doggo can't help but get in on the shot when such glorious fish is being dangled in front of him. We genuinely know you're trying to show off your catch, but with your floppy-eared friend in the back there, a pouncing is inevitable. He probably snapped it right up in the next moment.
It's a Photo of Me Now
It was all perfect. The angle, the background, the focus, the colors, and the lighting. But then you introduce a cat, and you find out that nothing is truly perfect without a cat in it. We don't know if this lady set up the camera to take a picture automatically or if there was another person involved, but the cat became the focus immediately.
And it's not even focused on the cat! You can even see a little bit of paw. It's a nice cat to take a picture of, but that wasn't the goal here. Sorry, kitty, you get the studio next time.
Look at Me
Sometimes, pets get jealous of technology's hold on their owner’s attention. It is no different than a child or partner, and since technology has taken over the world, pets have taken over our lives. Just like this serious-looking bulldog. This photo is an example of how jealousy can drive someone to action.
Yes, it looks like not only is this dog fed up with his owner’s business with their computer, but he’s also placed himself in the appropriate line of vision so he won’t be missed. And look at that face and those pleading eyes. Who could ignore a look like that?
There's nothing like making wonderful family memories while on the road. The photographs taken will remain evidence of the wonderful times you had. Car journeys are where the magic truly happens. Traveling games, family squabbles, and all the rest are always in full force in the car, and family fun comes first by all.
Of course, all of that family action extends to all members, even the furrier ones. And it's clear that doggo here knows that. Which is why he's front and center. Unfortunately, he didn't quite get the memo on the selfie, and his eyes were more on the road than the camera.
In most households, when you look for a few minutes of peace and quiet, the restroom would be the ideal place. Unless you have a dog. Then, your most private moments are interrupted by your four-legged companion, waiting for your to flush.
The thing is, this dog knows it is in the wrong. The look on its face clearly says, "I know you don't want me here, but I can't help it, and I am going to sit here until you are done. So, are you done?" We suggest all those money-taking dog training centers squeeze in a short course on how to teach your dog to mind its own business.
Weddings Are Boring
While the hall of full humans joyfully watches on as their loved ones exchange vows, this dog here looks less than impressed at this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. He has no time for ceremonies and vows. He still doesn't understand what went wrong and how, overnight, his beloved owner suddenly became someone else's.
Perhaps if it were witnessing a wedding between two dogs who were very much in love, it would have been different. But until then, this dog will moan and groan in the corner. He is going to make this couple's life a living misery until they rank him up to where he was before this ceremony took place.
Fitting Anywhere They Can
Dogs love to get into your space as long as they have some affection for you. They'll stick their noses where they don't belong, and that's quite literal. We've never seen a dog try to get between a foot and its shoe, but there's a first time for everything.
Maybe this person was just taking too long eating dinner, or maybe the pug really needed to use the bathroom, but one way or another, it found it necessary to plop its head in this small, infrequently-seen space. The look on this dog also had a certain kind of look: “I know it's weird, but I have to get their attention somehow.”
This dog really looks like it could use some help. Just look at it. These happy campers took their dog with them, assuming the pooch is going to enjoy spending time in nature, but truly, the little guy looks like it was dying to run away and never come back.
Maybe next time, get a tent with a doggie door so that your dog will get to go outside for walks. On the other hand, maybe the owners told the dog that it must stay in the tent while they go for a night walk, and the poor thing was not having it.
A Long-Haul Partner
Kids love to pull down on a phantom cord to get truck drivers to blast a horn, but what if they saw this pushy pet sitting behind the wheel? It's the kind of thing that would get a parent's attention. This dog is apparently a trucker's best pal, and she keeps the seat warm while the driver is gassing up during a long day on the highways.
Sitting on the roads for hours or days on end has got to be draining, but with a friend like this one sitting in the co-pilot's seat, it has to be a lot easier.
Are You Still There?
When you get a new puppy, there's going to be some attachment. That's better than the alternative, right? You don't want a dog to NOT want to spend time with you. Sad is what that would be. If the attachment is strong enough, the dog might not even want the owner to be in the bathroom for too long before checking to make sure everything is okay.
That's what this pupper is doing by sticking her little feet under the door. She's desperate for some kind of connection, or maybe the tile just feels good. Still, it's a cute gesture.
Let Me Out!
You have been waiting for this trip all winter, just waiting for the weather to get a little warmer and camping here we come. You've arrived at your destination, you take your bag out of the car, and it feels a little heavier than what it was when you initially packed. The cat senses that you have arrived, and then you realize what made it that much heavier.
"Dear owner, if you are going, I am coming with you, and there is no way you are going to spend the weekend away from me. Now, what time is dinner served?"
Don't You Forget About Me
This is one of those photos that you don't realize what you're shooting until you see the photo itself. Here is a great photo pulled off by this sneaky cat who was hanging on that chair. This dog is finally getting his grand portrait taken so it can be added to the family albums, but the sneaky cat had other plans.
He is going to be so disappointed once he sees the prints. That cat is the real family troll. Next time we suggest the dog makes sure the cat is locked up somewhere before striking the pose, or at least make it look a bit more appealing.
Blue Eyed Trouble
This innocent blue-eyed guy just wanted to take a nice selfie of himself for his favorite dating app. But when you live with a pushy cat, there's no such thing as doing something without being interrupted. This little kitten isn't keen on the idea that his owner will have someone new to play with and is willing to do whatever it takes to get his attention.
The owner did get a cute picture out of it. They both have strikingly colored eyes, which might prove to be an advantage on dating apps, besides that, it's time to tell the cat where it belongs.
Ready for Anything
This lovely picture comes to us from a guide dog named Axel, who had just spent a week guiding his blind charge on a week-long pilgrimage. A diligent pup on duty. This picture was taken on a train, with Axel ever vigilant for things that might be dangerous to the man he was with.
He's cuddled around the guy's foot, which looks like the standard pose for the two of them based on how chill the dog is. Good job, bud; you're keeping him safe from things that he can't see. Yes, this dog is pushy, but it is wise too.
Make It Stop!
This kitty is the personification of every little kid who sees dad plant one on mom. No matter that it’s a special occasion – possibly the most special – the kid thinks, “get a room, please!” Except in this picture, the cat probably inhaled some dandelion or something and was mid-sneeze when the photographer snapped this pic.
Either that or it's ruining the photo intentionally, which wouldn't surprise us. Although this kitty may have a sour face, they should be glad he decided to photobomb them so perfectly. Sure, their pictures would have been nice without the added touch, but they wouldn’t have gone viral.
Sure, the driver has to be looking out the front at almost all times, but that doesn't mean the passengers do. They can stay comfortably in the back, but they don't. Dogs and other pets tend to look out the side windows since that is where most of the stuff is. This frazzled little pooch, however, has his or her eyes pointed straight ahead.
That's where the real action is. Or, maybe that's where a cool car or something like that is. It's just lucky that this dog is such a small little friend, or he would never be able to fit on the center console.
The Car Means Excitement
This furry friend always looks like he's ready to ride no matter where the car is headed. Just look at that outpouring of excitement! The eyes wide open to take in everything they come across, the mouth hanging open in a big, toothy smile, and the tail that would normally be wagging, but there just isn't enough space in the footwell of the vehicle.
We're sure once Rusty gets outside, he's going to be a bundle of joy and plenty of wags. All dogs know that when you get in the car, it's time for some good and exciting times.
Following You to the Bathroom
Though the kitchen might be a popular hangout place for your cat, many of them are fascinated by their owner’s bathroom. From sleeping in sinks to causing trouble with the toilet, this cat can't get enough of the commode. Talk about pushy and talk about minding your own business and giving me some peace and quiet.
Many cats feel vulnerable without you. Just try doing your business alone without being watched, it's impossible with cats! The bathroom is also full of interesting smells and cool smooth surfaces to lay on — plus, they know they’ll be the focus of your attention. You've got yourself a new bathroom buddy!
Three’s a Crowd
Dogs — they are considered by many to make the best pets with their intense loyalty, unconditional love, and fun-loving nature. But even our pets can experience almost human-like jealousy when something tries to come between them and the people they love so much. Never underestimate your pet. They are much smarter than we think and more sensitive than any other human you know.
As you can see, this little puppy isn’t ready to have anyone come between him and his favorite human (either that or he’s very protective.) And he made sure to keep himself closeby by jumping really high so as not to be ignored.
Get This Equation in Your Head
Trying to study while you have a couple of cats running around on top of the desk is a losing proposition. They just have too much energy. You'll never be able to find the right kind of focus for getting that information in your brain. They'll chew on pencils, they'll lie on top of books, they'll meow so much that you'll have to tear your attention away, and that's just the start of it.
When you finally reach the test you're prepping for, you're just going to have memories of cats running around. Generally not a bad thing, but not what you want all the time.
New Sitcom This Fall!
There are few things better than seeing a guy smiling with his dog, and this pic is right up there with the best. Big smiles, bright eyes, and that framing – perfect. This guy and his dog – the dog's name is Quaid, apparently – are all set to conquer the horizon in their set of wheels.
They could be going to the store, they could be going to the pet store, or they could be going to a distant location across state or country lines – it really doesn't matter to these two. They're always going to be ready.
Looking at Things From a New Perspective
Seeing a dog on the subway isn't the craziest thing ever. Keep your eyes open, and you will see at least one fuzzy friend during the day. Not only has this dog pushed itself on the subway, but it's a dog stuffed into a backpack, head stuck out, and taking a good, long look at everybody around it.
Dogs might not be able to pilot aircraft, but they still know up from down. That means this dog was choosing to look at everybody in this way. People look much better when they're upside-down, but don't take our word for it.
A Nosy Dog
Camping is challenging, and camping with dogs can go either way. It can be fun, but it can also be a real pain in the booty. In this case, what started out as a fun day camping ended with the dog strolling over to a nearby neighborhood and pushing its head through someone's door screen. How embarrassing! And you end up having to pay for the fix more than you paid for the entire trip.
Luckily for this canine, it's cute, so we bet it was forgiven in no time. And besides, this is the kind of thing you take into account when adopting a pushy pet.
Finding New Friends
You might have to commute daily, but that doesn't mean it can't be an exciting experience! Do what this little pup does and find a new friend during your next bus ride. Sure, you might not become bosom buddies, but you might get a nice story out of it, and you might be able to enjoy yourselves a little more.
On the other hand, you don't have puppy-dog eyes that will get everybody but the most hard-hearted commuter to want to pick you up and snuggle, so it probably won't be as easy as this cute little pup has it.
Pretty Pleased With Himself
This German Shepherd seems so happy his momma is home; he barely notices how bad his 'pawsture' is when sitting on her lap! There's no such thing as being too close for comfort when you're with the one you love. He's just glad she's back and wants to get as close to her as he can. But how could anyone be mad at him? Look at how happy he is!
Thankfully this beautiful dog is not going to get any bigger. It is at its prime. Could you imagine something double the size charging over to hug you as you walk through the door?
This puppy looks like he’s going to burst into tears at any moment. Maybe it has something to do with the fact his favorite little human is showing attention to another dog. He’s doing that thing cats do where they turn their backs on you to show you that they’re upset. “Fine, I don’t need your attention. Take this!”
Or, perhaps his most favorite human is actually the one taking the picture, and he’s perfectly fine sharing the pets with his fur sibling. After all, some dogs just have that adorable sad look on their face all of the time.
You Look Tired
When your dog yawns, it can signify that your dog feels comfortable, and we can see why. Who wouldn't feel comfortable on leather seats in the back of a car? Always teach your dog that they are not humans and that we don't do and deserve the same things, remember? On second thought, it won't help. They will always think that they are humans.
So, while your dog has pushed its way into your car, you have no choice but to take it along to wherever you are going, hoping next time, you will have space back there for your kids. The human ones.
I'm Gonna Start Climbing
We can't say we've ever had a ferret climb up our leg, but we're going to go out on a limb (just like the ferret) and guess that it isn't a comfortable experience. They have sharp claws, and let's not forget the teeth, even if they aren't a standard part of climbing.
Thus, a ferret attaching itself to your leg is a great way for it to get your attention. Let's hope that the rest of the animal kingdom doesn't pick up any ideas because things can get kinda dangerous. Cats, dogs, swordfish. You don't want everything climbing your leg.
Look, every single pet belongs in the family photo. It's just not complete without it. These fluffy family members are just as much a part of the family as any mother, father, son, or daughter. This means, technically, that the rest of the family is also quite important. So it would be ideal to see them in the photograph as well, you know, along with their dog.
Guess he got over-eager or was intrigued by this little machine called the camera, which made him get up really close. Hopefully, there is another round of snaps, and everyone ends up in focus.
Have You Ever Needed Something Really Badly?
For some reason, cats are all about seafood. Whether that means watching, chasing, or chowing down, they can't get enough of the fishy animals. So, when a human goes out to the shop and comes back with what appears to be nigiri – a slice of fresh fish that is lying on top of a bed of rice – it's all that a cat can do not to lose its mind right then and there.
And if the human has the guts to start eating right in front of the cat, well, there will be quite a bit of meowing going on.
A Dog Is Always a Puppy
A dog demanding attention is nothing special, especially if it's a working dog like this one appears to be. However, it seems to our practiced eye that this dog is getting up there in the years – look at the white fur that is growing around the eyes. No matter how old a dog gets, sometimes it still just wants you to throw the ball down the hallway over and over without ever stopping.
We're told that this dog is a mature and wise sixteen years, but he can still turn on the charm, even in the last stages of doggy life.
The Head's Too Big
All cat owners know that they’ve got notoriously big heads. They’re in charge, of course, and we exist only to keep their food bowls full and their beds warm at night. This cat’s owner decided to take a picture of how she thought her little girl saw herself – which is basically human, just smaller than most.
The whiskers are reminiscent of how a barbie’s hair looks when someone decides to play hairstylist and gives the Barbies haircuts. Unfortunately, plastic hair doesn’t exactly fall into place like human hair. Oddly enough, the area with the kitty’s nose almost looks like the right size for a Barbie head. Just imagine Barbie’s nose where the cat’s little mouth is.
Christmas is for kids, and Easter is for the parents, but there is one holiday that, with no doubt, belongs to our pets. It’s Halloween, and this cat is ready to go party with his neighborhood friends. He can hardly handle his excitement. So, when his humans decided to snap this picture by the front door, he had something to say about it. Plus, they had the audacity to try and take the photo without him, even though it was clearly his day.
Just look at the pumpkin. They created it in his image on his holiday and everything! Well, that’s what she thinks, and everyone knows the cat’s always right. Pushy and right.
This cat looks like he sees something from another dimension looking back at him. The face is a combination of scared and smiling. Actually, he almost looks like the Cheshire Cat grinning at us. And on the other hand, if we could stretch this out a little to the left, we would be surprised to see some puppeteer holding the ginger feline.
Well, they are sitting outside of a bar, it seems, so maybe the cat’s been boozing it up with the patrons all night? The cat may be the establishment’s regular furry friend that has a food dish next to the building, which gets filled up by both staff and customers a few times per day. Hey, that explains why he’s so happy.
Ignore the Kitten
Getting a kitten is a big part of anyone's life, and that means lots of pictures for social media. Admit it; you like pictures of kittens, too. We all do. This person wanted to get a good one of the new kitty enjoying a meal, but the other cat in the house hadn't signed off on the plan.
Even better, it's clear that the older cat is not excited about the prospect of some other little animal cutting into its food supply. Look at that angry eye, the tilted back ear. That feline couldn't be more obviously upset if it was hissing.
Got Any Games on Your Phone?
"Hey bud, the attendant said to turn off all electronic devices. Can you hear her? It's okay; I'll just bark for her attention and point out that you aren't following the rules." We're not exactly sure what breed of dog this one is, but it's definitely one of the big ones. It has a big body and a big mouth.
That means a big bark, which is no fun in an enclosed area like a plane ride. Still, who knows if the dog will even bark? It might just be content to sit there and stare at the person who keeps kicking the back of their seat.
Really Wants to Say Hi
Maybe you want to keep to yourself, but if you're on some public transportation, there's not really much you can do about it if someone else wants to introduce themselves, and there is a limit to the time you can give the silent treatment. At least this picture has the nosy seat neighbor being a friendly dog. That's better than a lot of people get.
And the dog is being quite adamant about getting to know the person with the camera, too. The dog looks like an alright chap, so this journey was probably much more pleasant than it would have been otherwise.
Hopping Onto the Train
Yes, it seems that even bunny rabbits must ride the train every once in a while, or at least push themselves on to one every now and then. Why this fuzzy guy or gal would need to travel such a long distance escapes us. It could be for a vet visit or a pet show; who knows?
Maybe he was going to visit his family. We assume that the human sitting next to the rabbit is the rabbit's owner, but there's no confirmation of that fact – maybe the rabbit is just traveling on its own. Either way, the pushy rabbit was going to have it his way, and if it meant traveling like a human, then so be it.
I Demand Attention!
It’s never really easy on a kid, whether they have two or four legs, when their parents get married and shake up their world. After all, this doggo was used to how his world worked. He went on adventures with his dad, slept in his bed, and got basically all of the attention.
But now that dad was getting married, he knew he would have to share. He couldn’t help but throw a mini temper tantrum at the altar. He had to remind everyone that he was there first – and he did! Luckily, dogs get over things very quickly and easily. Although getting him off of the bed might not be so easy.
I’ve Got Your Back
Everyone has that one friend who can’t keep a straight face during a photoshoot. You know the one, and if you don't have a friend like that, then you are probably the one. Everyone is going to do a serious look, but this guy keeps throwing up rabbit ears and sticking out his tongue. Of course, the kitty doesn’t have opposable thumbs to make rabbit ears.
The little brown and black kitty looks at the camera like, “she’s making the face again, isn’t she?” Don’t worry, kitty; it doesn’t matter what face you make. You’re adorable no matter what. Keep on pushing.
With such a tender gaze in Koji's eyes, it would be hard not to cuddle him; he is like a new kind of body pillow! Not into body pillows? Koji would make a great security blanket. Feel a bit too warm, and blankets are out of the question right now? We are sure you will find something useful to do with this thing.
Not only will Koji make you feel safe and lower your anxiety, but he will also be the right kind of clingy. Why get a body pillow when you can just get another Koji? You can never have too many.
Never a Moment of Peace
Coming home after a long day at work or returning from the gym is pleasant and relaxing, however, getting tackled by your dog when you walk through the door isn't always the most pleasant experience. They sniff you from a mile and plan the great jump longtime before you approach them. Sometimes they may unintentionally scratch you or, if they're big enough, knock you over, but this is the price to pay for having a pushy dog.
They want to be anywhere and everywhere, anytime and with anyone. Just like this adorable pushy puppy that might just knock his human off the boat.
That Sneaky Iguana
Never turn your back on someone. You never know what they'll say about you. The moment that cat turned his head, this iguana threw some shade at him. The tables clearly turned. That cat did not let that slide. If we were that iguana, we would be pretty scared. I'll show you who's pushier, meow meow.
Reptiles have such a bad reputation, however, by this image, it seems that cats are the bigger problem, and maybe we should start considering other animals to bring into our house. We don't know about you, but we have had enough of mundane cats and dogs.
Just take a look at this cute pushy pet. It is finding it very difficult to let its owner deal with day-to-day chores that include the cell phone, so it has placed its head where it can for sure be seen. "No ignoring me now, and if want your phone, you will have to get past me first." Honestly, this might be a good excuse to spend some time away from our phones.
Just like your children, give your cat some one-on-one time as well as interactive toys to keep it stimulated. We bet you wish someone would have told you this before you adopted the cat (or before you had kids).
Can I Help?
We're not sure exactly what kind of work is being done here, but it looks like it's quite the project. Refinishing a kitchen, doing some plumbing, painting, or something like that. But that doesn't matter to the big dog that wants a little lovin'. He's waiting so patiently, leg raised off the ground in that cute way dogs do while they're looking for attention.
However, the guy he's focused on has a little more on his mind than playing ball at the moment, even if the dog doesn't really seem to understand. Just throw it once? Please? That's all I ask.
You Only Need One Hand for That, Right?
There are tons to read on your phone or e-reader, but that doesn't mean you can just sit there and read without doing anything else! You also have to pet the cat. That's not a recommendation, that's a fact. An order. If you don't pet the cat, it's just going to keep getting in your way until you find the time to make it a priority. It's not like reading is super important.
It's not like you have to actually pay attention to what you're reading nowadays. Isn't the cat, a living creature, much more important than some words on a screen? Many would say yes. Many cats, we guess, but don't their votes count?
I Need Attention, Too
So, you want to get a perfect picture with one of your dogs. We couldn't agree more. Just look at the two on the left – big smiles, happy dispositions, good light, and nice framing. It all makes for a premium pic for social media or the mantle. Of course, having another dog means that isn't going to last.
People with more than one dog will agree: there's always one dog that has to be at the center of everyone's attention. And this dog, clearly, is fully aware of both what a camera does and where it was pointed. No. Pay attention to ME.
I Thought You Were Done Eating...
It's a known fact that cats are obsessed with boxes, and to be fair, this cat's owners were probably planning on leaving him the empty pizza box once they were done eating. But this cat just couldn't wait, and judging by the look on his face, he doesn't feel one bit of remorse.
Maybe this cat's owner was telling him off when this pic was taken, which would explain this cat's careless expression, which seems to be saying, "Oh, I'm sorry, you weren't done eating?". Hey, at least this fur ball was considerate enough (surprisingly) to leave three untouched slices.
Chewing Through Books
There must be something about books that gets people to really want to sink their teeth in them. The same thing with cats, apparently, though kittens look like they want the most of it. Maybe it's a teething thing since this cat looks like he or she is just a few weeks or months old.
Cats, in general, are all about chewing on things, and they also seem to really like paper products. Even stuff like tape is something that they can barely keep themselves away from. Thankfully, they grow out of this as they age and realize they can eat stuff like food.
Ready to Pounce
Although this dog looks like he’s doing the human “I have to pee really bad” dance, that’s not exactly what’s happening in this picture. He’s just trying to make himself taller to get a better view of the barbecue. And he’s trying to get closer to it in general, of course.
Oddly enough, he almost looks the same shape as the chicken. Maybe that’s his tactic to get the grilling human to throw him a bone. Well, if it didn’t work, there’s a good chance he just stole a piece when dad turned around after he put them on a plate.
Someone Needs a Walk
It looks like Fido can't wait for his morning walk! This doggo must be having the time of his life during this camping trip — he got to be outside with his humans all day, snuggle up with them at night, and find all the sticks he could possibly want. He even gets to witness the sunrise at five am and wake up everyone around him.
Now, he's just eager to see what the next day has in store. So, next time, make sure to teach your dog that until all humans are awake, there is no going out. Understood?
No, I'm Very Comfortable
Dogs with jobs must fly around the country or the world just like humans do, but things are a little different for them. If you had a person staring at you like this the entire way, you might get a little freaked out. However, a yellow Labrador doing this is totally okay. And besides, Labradors are known to be the pushiest dogs around, so you just have to learn to live with it.
Some people might get a dose of sympathy pain in their neck if it goes on for too long, but there are also pets to be had. If you're wondering about the vest, the pooch is a police trauma dog that wants to make sure everybody is a-okay.
Always Looking for the Next Sight
Don't worry, the car wasn't moving while taking this picture. The driver didn't risk himself or the cat. And we're very glad that nobody was hurt since it would be a crying shame for anything to happen to such a cute, adventurous kitty.
It's got wide eyes as it drinks in every that is zipping past the window, and it's getting used to sitting on its owner's shoulder, which probably would not be able to continue once it puts on a little weight. So take advantage of the opportunity while you can, furry friend. Man, why are kittens so darn cute? They're just so huggable.
And here is a doggie stealing the show in family photos. It's not always the middle child in the family. We're going to let this slide one because this photobomb is just too cute. In fact, we don't need another one. That pretty much beats any future photo that this family will ever take.
Remember, if they are treated as part of your family, they will behave as part of your family forever. Even in family photos. There is always a pushy one around, and it can come in small white and cute packaging. So pushy, and yet so adorable!
Even on a Plane
Cats really will go anywhere and do anything they want if they think they can get away with it. This cat (whose name is Desmond, as we're told) can even sleep on the headrest of a plane. While the pilot is using it. Just imagine having a cat that is so comfortable flying that it can get up right next to the windows like that and then just fall asleep.
Some cats don't even like to be picked up! Desmond must have spent plenty of time logging flight hours to be able to fall asleep on a headrest. Quite the odd sleeping arrangement, as well.
I'm the Only Thing You Need to Study
Cats, a lot of the time, are perfectly fine not being noticed. They'll slink around the house, hiding behind couches and under covers until it's time to eat, at which point they'll come running. There are a few cats, however, that will want to be at the center of attention, like this tuxedo cat here.
Even if you're trying to do something like study some important school work. He won't even shy away if you try to take a picture, which can have the effect of sending cats running for cover. You'll just have to give in and quit school altogether.
A Voracious Reader
Watson, as this erudite beast is known, has gotten into what some might call a strange habit. Every time the owner opens a book to read (such as “City of Fallen Angels” by Cassandra Clare), Watson will charge over and sink his teeth into the pages. This makes reading difficult, as you might imagine.
We've all spent a weekend gobbling down a book every once in a while, but this takes that phrase to a new place. Maybe Watson is trying to tell you to switch to books with a little more meat on them. We bet he wouldn't try this with “War and Peace.”
If you have a big, long ride to take, it can be easy to get antsy. Even passengers who don't go running up and down the aisles will want to get up and stretch their legs – unless they're a pushy cat, of course.
Cats are well known for their ability to sit in a single place and not move for hours, which means that this cat is in the perfect spot. Having so many people, sounds, smells, and movement around it might not be the best option, but the harness it's wearing probably helps to keep it in place.
You Don't Have the Right Forms!
Did the owner forget to feed her at the right time? Is there a new animal in the house, like a big dog? Does she want to keep playing with the laser pointer? No, the reason behind this big meow is that the person who took this picture got up to go to the bathroom and had the temerity, the cheek, and the ABSOLUTE GALL not to wake the kitten up to tell her.
Could you even imagine doing such a thing? Not waking the kitten up to notify her? You know the rules. Now you're going to have to fill out a missed kitten form.
Just Where They Like to Spend Time
The bathroom has a special kind of allure. Kids and pets can agree – it's where all the fun happens. Toilet time, baths, lots of soft towels. Why these two pets seem to actually love being in the bathroom is a big question mark that we can't really answer, but there are a few options.
The one that springs to mind immediately is it's a hot day outside, and the bathroom – with all that tiling and porcelain – is nice and cool. Oh, maybe there was some cleaning going on, and they just wanted to be able to hang out. Could be either.
Always Space for a Friendly Face
Most days, the grind is the exact same thing. You get up, go to work, spend all your time there, and go home. Then there are chores to do around the house until you have a little bit of relaxation time to yourself.
But what if – now hear us out – you got to look at a dog during your commute? It might not be enough to change your entire day, but it might be able to give you a smile for a while. And a little smile might just have the opportunity to turn into a bigger one.
A New Kind of Traveler
We've never seen a ferret so comfortable on a kayak. Maybe it makes a certain amount of sense – ferrets would be familiar with lakes or ponds in the wild. We have come to learn that ferrets are as pushy as any other pet.
And while pet ferrets don't spend as much time outside, there's no reason to think that a ferret wouldn't be fine with hanging out on the boat with its owner while they're paddling around on the water. It looks pretty comfortable there, even if it does seem hesitant to get near the edge of the boat.
I’ve Heard Everything
Maybe the person behind the camera took the shot on purpose, or maybe they noticed afterward how odd the baby’s ears look. Oh wait, those aren’t the baby’s ears at all, are they? Hey, you never know with babies. We are sure you have heard the saying, “he’ll grow into them.”
The dog’s ears are perked up because he is curious about the bundle that is a mini human wrapped up in the blanket. More than likely, they were just “oohing” and “ahhing” over the new member of the family and didn’t even notice the dog’s position. Aren’t photobombs amazing?
Camping Doggie Style
Humans aren't the only ones who need to get out into nature and have an occasional vacation. Dogs, too, need to take some time out and relax. On a hammock. In the middle of the woods. There's nothing like feeling the fresh air blowing through your coat, nothing like that warm summer sun stroking your fur, and nothing like your owner taking a photo to remind them never to take you on a trip again.
Dogs on a camping trip are supposed to assist, that is why they are taken. They are not supposed to be relaxing and taking all the space between the trees.
This man took his dog out to get a slice of paradise in beautiful nature. The mountains and the gorgeous greenery look simply breathtaking. The picture really takes itself. And then the dog just pops into the frame. Nothing quite tops it off as much as the satisfied face of this wonderfully cute dog who seems to be relishing in breathing in that fresh and clean air.
It doesn't need much. A bit of green, something to chew on, and a camera in front of its face. We're still not quite sure what makes this picture so beautiful. The look on this dog's face or the serene green backdrop. Either way, this looks like paradise.
My New Domain
It's generally-accepted knowledge that cats don't like to be in the bathtub. That's where the WATER is. You might as well ask them to enter the trenches during World War One. However, there are some cats that are not only fine with water but actually enjoy spending time in it! Will wonders never cease?
This cat, dark and deadly eyes aside, is hanging out in the unfilled tub, waiting for a chance to get clean. Or watching its owner make a deposit, who's to say? Also, why are the eyes so dark? It's like the opposite of a normal cat.
Ever bought your cat a fancy new toy, only to discover they're more excited by the cardboard box that it came in? You're not alone. And just like kids, you can buy them the most expensive toy, but they will always be after your keyring. Cats love cardboard and pushing themselves into boxes and small spaces! They provide small and comfortable spaces for cats to climb into and dodge potential predators.
Cardboard is also a great material for heat retention. Since cats love being warm, a cardboard box is an easy DIY sauna for them. So, winter is on its way; get out there and get your pet a... cardboard box!
Just Making Sure Everything Is Going Okay
He just wants to come inside the bathroom with you. Hey, if you're getting up at three in the morning to use the can, your friendly dog is here to make sure everything is a-okay. What a haunted look that dog has. Those eyes look like they've seen some stuff. Maybe its last owner disappeared while going to the bathroom during the middle of the night.
Still, at least this dog is well-trained – it refuses to cross the threshold even while the door is wide open. That's worth our respect, even if it doesn't have to look so darned worried.
Keeping a Lookout
This is Freya, and the new owner (or a friend of the owner, it's a little unclear) traveled all the way to the mythical land of Canada to see her. And it's clear why! She's a sight to behold. Such grace. Such beauty. And she likes to hang out on car headrests, despite most cats hating having to ride in the car.
Freya has no such fear. She is the queen of the car. She has her eyes peeled for anything or anybody that might try to knock her off her perch, though, honestly, who would dare do such a thing?
A Big Fan of Traveling
Having a friend who is always willing to go traveling with you is a huge boon to someone who can't bear to stay at home for too long. We now meet Pueblo, a pooch that is all too pleased to get on the next plane and head to the next destination. According to the story, Pueblo and his owner have traveled to Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, and Austin.
Pueblo appears to be a Welsh Corgi, which is friendly and gets along well with others, but even some of them don't travel well. Pueblo, though? Pueblo is ready to go, and he definitely doesn't miss out on a photo.
Can Your Tongue Get Sunburned?
These two traveling companions are enjoying some sunshine while huddling together. It doesn't matter that the dog had to push itself into the front row seats of this van, where it clearly wasn't meant to sit. Everybody knows that the back seat is where you do the sprawling. But his owner doesn't seem to mind and these two look like they are having a good time.
Also, we checked our sources and found that, yes, you can get sunburned on your tongue. Anywhere in your mouth is fair game for the sun. Hopefully, it didn't take too long to snap this pic cause staying with your mouth wide open like this for long could be more painful than the piercing itself.
Who doesn't feel super cool with their hood on? We sure do. While animals have fur, some pet owners go the extra mile to ensure that their puppies are warm enough. Plus, we're sure that a big incentive for the photographer is uploading this adorable picture to Instagram, and we can't blame him! So, in this case, it's not the dog's fault. It's the pushy owner.
If this dog could talk, we guarantee he would give a piece of his mind after seeing this image all over social media. How rude and inconsiderate. When payback day arrives. Maybe the dog will do the same to its owner.
What Are You Two Looking At?
These two lovebirds just wanted to have a picture of them cuddling on the couch for one reason or another, but they couldn't even have that. A cat wandered into the frame, and just like so many other cats, it decided it was going to be the focus of the picture.
For some reason, cats will ignore you until the sun is cold if you're actually trying to take a picture of them, but if you're trying to take a picture of something else, here's the cat! They're kind of like kids in that regard. It's the inverse of how much attention you want from them.
A Reading Buddy
Reading is sort of a solo thing unless you're reading out loud. Well, this kitten must not have gotten the message since it has developed the habit of popping its head right in the center crease. Sure, it might block a little bit of the page, but the real issue here is turning the page.
You can't do that when there's a kitten head in the way. Everybody knows that. Then again, how hard is it to pick the kitten up and put it in your lap, which is probably just where it wants to be in the first place? Not that hard at all.
No More Free Time
You're done with work. You have all the dishes cleaned, and the laundry is all put-away. What's left to do? How about cracking open one of those books on your shelf and getting through a few chapters? As you can see from this picture, it isn't always that easy. Guess sometimes you'll just have to read around a kitten that isn't ready to give up that nice warm lap to a book just yet.
You could easily move the cat, but then it might give a pathetic little meow, and you wouldn't be able to do anything except give it your full attention.
Physical contact is a special thing. Some people can't stand it, but it's an important part of all of our lives, even if you don't get it very much. While having contact with another human is best, a friendly dog can always be a quick stand-in, like this gentleman.
To us, it looks like he's just laying a friendly paw on the owner to check in after a long day. Physical contact is a great way to get someone's attention, and this dog's friendly paw is getting the job done if the picture is any indication. By the way, the next picture in the Instagram post is of the dog placing his entire head on the human.
Who Do You Love?
How do you make someone insecure feel secure? By letting them know you have enough love and attention to go around. In this photo, the roles are reversed, and it’s a dog who is questioning his owner’s love when a cuddly kitten is present. He looks a little envious and insecure, wondering if he gets a cuddle session too.
Both he and the kitten are so tiny there’s probably more than enough room for both of them on their human’s lap, however, we have a feeling the little one at the back would prefer the kitten simply vanishes, and he gets the human TLC all to himself.
Snuggling in a Hood
Rats get a bad rap, but they're often quite pleasant to be around. In fact, mice are usually the ones that you need to get away from your home and away from your food more often. Rats are bigger, and they often look meaner, but they can be quite friendly, too, as this picture proves.
They're a couple of cute little guys who have pushed themselves against their owner's neck, taking big sniffs of the air. As long as they don't jump down and start running around on the floor, nobody should have a problem, and if this guy is okay with them, then so are we.
A Lap Dog
This could be proof that everyone likes to cuddle, even bears! He's not really a bear, but we wouldn't have known any better if it wasn't for it being on our list. As far as this great big beast is concerned, the guy underneath is his daddy, and all he wants is to snuggle up. Naturally, any baby would want this from its parent.
He's a mountain Pyrenees, but don't tell him that; he likes to think he's the perfect lap dog. For such a big dog, he still manages to be as cute as a button, and look at all that fluff!