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6 Weird Things Dogs Do

Dogs kick when you scratch them
Have you every noticed that when you scratch your dog, especially on its belly, its back legs twitch. Many people find this to be quite funny and lovely and assume it’s a signal of enjoyment from the dog. However, the reason dogs shake or kick their legs when you scratch them: is because they have a scratch reflex. This scratch reflex is reactive when the animal feels a tickle or something that causes irritation on the skin.

Dogs bite their tail
Although many people find this action somewhat humorous, the truth is, in reality, an itchy tail isn’t funny or enjoyable for dog. If a dog bites its tail, it means that something is bothering it, such as: parasites. In addition, if a dog is biting its tail excessively, it can lead to self-harm and worsen the primary cause.

Dogs go crazy after a bath
Another strange thing that dogs tend to do is: go crazy after a bath, roll around, lick themselves excessively, etc. Not only does this defeat an owners attempt at cleaning a dog, but it can also cause confusion and turn the cleaning process into an incredibly unenjoyable experience for everyone involved.

Dogs chase their tail
There are two main reason why a dog bites its tail:

Boredom: They are bored and are looking for a way to entertain themselves. This is incredibly common in puppies, who sometimes don’t even understand that the tail is in fact attached to its own body.
Obsessive compulsive disorder: This second reason is more alarming and needs to be attended to. If a dog excessively chases their tail due to such a disorder they can severely hurt themselves. This condition may be caused by genetics or stress. Either way, if you notice that your dog is chasing and biting its tail excessively, we recommend going to a vet as soon as possible.

Dogs scratch the floor after they poop
It is very common to see that your dog might scratch the ground repeatedly after defecating. This scratching usually happens around the stool itself. There are two reasons that dogs do this. The first reason that may explain why a dog scratches the ground after pooping, is hygiene. By kicking dirt onto the poop, they attempt to cover up their mess. The second reason dogs have this habit, although somewhat strange, is to spread their smell through their legs which are full of odoriferous glands. This is done with the objective of marking their territory and making it clear that they have been there.

Dogs turn around before lying down
Dogs in the wild turn around before lying down to check the perimeters for any dangers. This action is now habitual in dogs, despite where they were born or come from. Another reason dogs carry out this action is to mark the space where they are sleeping, stamping down on any ¨twigs¨ or uncomfortable floor matter. In some serious cases, dogs may perform this task excessively as a symptom of excessive compulsive disorder. In this case, we suggest consulting a veterinarian as soon as possible.