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Dog lovers have loads of questions about their pets. Dog behavior can seem strange to us, but we love ‘em anyway! Here are some top questions and answers for you dog lovers:

#5.  Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Popular opinion tells us that dogs eat grass because their tummies are upset. That could be true in some cases, but it’s not actually the most common reason. In actuality, a lot of dogs eat grass because they like it! In most cases, it’s safe for your dog to eat grass, but it could be dangerous if the grass is treated with herbicides or pesticides.

Remember that other animals may have deposited parasites in that spot when you’re out for a walk and your dog wants to stop and nibble on grass. Better leave the grazing to your backyard.

#4. Are Dogs Happy When They Wag Their Tails?

Yes. And No. Dogs wag their tails for lots of reasons:

  • They’re excited
  • They’re nervous
  • They’re welcoming
  • They could be signaling aggression

The better you know your dog, the easier it will be to understand what he’s telling you when he wags his tail.

#3. Why Do Dogs Turn In Circles Before Lying Down?

Around and around and around he goes until finally, doggie plops down for sleep. What is that about? It’s easy to forget that our beloved fur babies were wild creatures before domestication. Out in the wilderness, ancestral dogs had to take measures to protect themselves, their pack, and provide for their own comfort.

  • Circling helps protect the dog against predators by positioning in an upwind spot.
  • Circling also lets the dog scan for pack members, making sure everyone is present.
  • Circling helps a dog settle down in the most comfortable place without stones and other hard objects underneath.

#2. Why Is Chocolate Bad for Dogs?

There is a chemical in chocolate, theobromine, that is toxic for dogs. The darker chocolate the greater the theobromine content. Health issues include:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizures

Too much theobromine could be fatal for a dog.

#1. Why Do Dogs Sniff Each Other’s Butts?

Each dog has its smell that is released from the anal glands. Dogs can recognize who is friend and who is stranger by that noxious odor.

  • Who sniffs first? The dominate of the two.
  • Are you sick? Are you aggressive? Are you mate-worthy? Anal scent holds the answers!
  • Even housemates, when separated for a time, will sniff butts to find out the latest adventures, including foods and whereabouts while they were separated!

We Are the Pet Experts in Glen Ellyn!

We love to answer questions about pet behavior and how to care for your furry family members. Check out our many pet care articles on our website and look for more information in our blog archives.

Call us at (630) 665-1550 or email us if you have concerns about your pet’s health or behaviors.  If your animals are not current on their shots and wellness exams, please schedule an appointment soon!