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Dogs are a curious and social species. Dogs have many behaviors, some of which can confuse humans who don’t interpret them correctly. Read to explore the meanings behind different dog behaviors, so that dog owners can better understand their pet’s needs.

  1. Barking

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons. They may be barking to communicate with other dogs, or they may be warning off an intruder. Some dogs are just more talkative than others.

Dogs also have several types of barks, including the territorial bark which gets heard when a dog comes across another dog in his territory and wants it to go away, the alarm bark, which sounds whenever the stranger enters the house or yard without permission, and even the play bow bark. Barking can be very loud sometimes, but there are ways a dog owner can teach their pup how to control their volume so that their neighbors don’t get upset by all their dog’s noses.


  1. Sniffing

Sniffing is dog behavior and has to get observed in many other animals as well. Dogs also do it for reasons of curiosity, investigation, or identification. However, it’s generally accepted that sniffing allows the animal to gather information about their smelling object. This includes identifying any potential predators or prey nearby, determining if an area is safe to cross, locating food sources, and much more.

Sniffing also helps identify whether another animal has recently passed by or marked their territory with urine. Through this act, animals can determine social rank among their species by detecting pheromones through scent glands near their nose and mouth openings.


  1. Jogging Alongside The Owner

Jogging alongside the owner is a common dog behavior that many people find intriguing, but few understand. Dogs do not jog for the same reasons as humans; they run with their owners to either play or go for a walk. The more excited the owner becomes about going on an outing, the more excited the dog is.

The owner may also notice their pup’s tail wagging from side to side while he runs towards them. This movement reflects his happiness and excitement at being outside his house environment and getting some fresh air. He may even use this happy tail wag to greet other dogs he sees along the way who might want to play or say “hi.” Very excited, playful dogs will often use the rapid side-to-side movement of their tails to indicate high arousal and excitement during play.

When dog owners think about it, dogs are a lot like humans. They get excited when they see their favorite person or dog and sense emotions such as happiness, anger, and fear. Dogs also can communicate with their owner through body language, which is something they should always be aware of to know how their pet feels in any given situation.