6 Bizarre Dog Behaviors Explained - World of Angus

6 Bizarre Dog Behaviors Explained

Every dog has their moments. I'm sure there have been many times in your relationship with your pup that you've thought, "What is that all about?!" Well, we're here to shed some light on some of them in today's post. 

1. Chasing their tail

So there isn't really a rhyme or a reason to this, but dogs chase their tail because, well, they do. A study that Dr. Nicholas Dodman conducted, director of the animal behavior clinic at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine found that it was not out of boredom but simply that they think of their tail as a toy.

2. Sniffing other dog's butts 

Did you know that the polite way for dogs to greet one another is to sniff each other's butts. This is true! A dog that is friendly and at ease will go immediately to the backend of the other dog. Because a dog's smell is 10,000 times better than ours, they can reveal a lot about their potential new buddy that way.

3. Circling before laying down

muddy dogs

We have all seen this happen before: your dog will circle around a few times before laying down. No, your dog hasn't lost their mind. Apparently this is an old behavior carried over from wild ancestors. Because dogs would sleep in groups, circling would protect them from the outside world.

4. Coprophagia (a.k.a poop eating)


Yup, this behavior is just plain gross but poop happens! There are no exact causes as to why dogs do this, but sources indicate anything from hunger to liking the smell and taste to missing key nutrients from their diet. Whatever the cause may be, refer to the ASPCA who has an entire page dedicated to it on their site.

5. Humping around

Does this scenario sound familiar?  Whether it’s on other dogs, on your leg, or on an object — is usually not for sexual reasons, it is usually an attempt to assert dominance, whereas some dogs do it for attention.  

6. Butt scoot

If your dog is scooting around on their butt, it could be that they are dirty down there or that they have an anal gland problem. Might be time to check them out or take them to a vet. 

References 1. SheKnows 2. I Heart Dogs 3. Vet Street

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