Why Does My Dog…? Five Canine Habits Explained!

Dogs can be funny little creatures – or funny large ones. No matter what breed you have, there are no doubt a few little habits or behaviours that make you wonder why on earth they do that – especially if it’s something that you’ve never seen your dog do before. As a dog trainer in Croydon, we often see worried dog owners baffled by their dog’s behaviour. Fortunately, since dogs have been man’s best friends for centuries, we’ve been able to figure out the answers to some of those questions.

Why Does My Dog… Turn in Circles Before Lying Down?

From observing relatives of the domestic dog who still live in the wild, it’s thought that this is an ancient survival behaviour that’s become genetically encoded. Before taking a nap in the wild, a dog needed to have a safe and comfortable space – and by turning a few circles in the long grass, they could make themselves a nice little nest. It’s not necessary in your living room, but it probably still makes them feel comfier!

Why Does My Dog… Stick Their Head Out of the Car Window?

If you’ve ever taken a drive with your dog on a warm day with the windows rolled down, you’ll know how much they love to stick their head out of the window and ride along, ears flapping in the wind.

Why? Basically, because it’s fun! There’s the sensation of the wind against their face, plus the amazing array of scents they get to savour as they pass – it’s an exciting experience. However, you should be careful about allowing it, because it does carry a risk of things getting thrown up into their face, particularly their eyes.

Why Does My Dog… Eat Grass?

It’s often said that dogs will eat grass to soothe an upset stomach, so seeing your pup do this can be a little worrying. However, that’s only part of the reason – they may also do it because they just like the taste, or to add a little more roughage to their diet. If they’re suddenly eating grass in large quantities, and particularly if they’re throwing up afterwards, then you should definitely take them to the vet for a check-up. Occasional grazing, however, isn’t thought to be harmful – just make sure the grass hasn’t been treated with chemicals or pesticides.

Why Does My Dog… Take Food Away to Eat?

Your dog has a perfectly good dog bowl, so why do they insist on removing their food, and taking it somewhere else (like your bed!) to actually eat it?

Just like circling before a nap, this is sometimes thought to be a holdover from their wild ancestors; wild dogs hunted in packs, so taking their food away from the source meant that they wouldn’t have to fight over it.

However, it could just be that they really don’t like the bowl – perhaps it makes an unpleasant sound when they eat from it, or perhaps the location isn’t comfortable for them for some reason. If you’re tired of finding dog food where it shouldn’t be, try putting their food down somewhere else, or try a different kind of dish for them to eat from.

Why Does My Dog… Do Handstands to Pee?

This one is a little more unusual – and to human observers, it can seem hilarious and bizarre. We’re all accustomed to the typical leg-raise peeing posture (which some people associate only with male dogs, but is common in females too) but some dogs are a little more extravagant – they actually do handstands to pee!

The simple fact is that dogs don’t just pee because they need to go, they also use their urine to mark objects and territory for a variety of reasons. The handstand, which is frequently seen in small breeds and more common with females, is thought to simply be a way of peeing in a more conspicuous place so that other dogs will notice it.

Understanding canine behaviour is a key factor in good training, so if you have any questions about your dog’s habits or would like to know more about our training services, please get in touch with us on 07821 543388 today.

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4 Things Only a Dog Owner Will Understand

They say that dogs are a “man’s best friend” and we definitely think that this is correct.  They bring joy and happiness in the short time that they spend with us; touching our hearts in their very own unique way.

However, this special bond between dog and owner is something that a lot of people don’t understand unless they have their own dog. They’re not aware of the impact that our furry friends have on our daily lives.

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It’s A Dog’s Life: Canine Development Stages

Bringing home a pet dog is a big commitment – you need to be ready to look after them for the rest of their life. Depending on the breed, this could be a long time – some breeds have an average lifespan of up to twenty years! So, when you make that commitment, it’s important to be prepared for the different stages your new friend will go through.

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Eight Things You Need Before Bringing Home Your New Puppy

In many ways, preparing to bring your new puppy home isn’t dissimilar to preparing for a new baby- there are a lot of things to think about! First among your preparations is of course making sure that your home is ready for the puppy before it arrives.

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Could Your Dog be the Next Big Internet Star?

Whenever dog owners get together, there’s one thing you can be sure of – we’ll all be pulling out our phones to share pictures of our little darlings with each other. Whether it’s because your faithful friend has the adorable head-tilt down to a T, they have reached peak fluff perfection or they’ve mastered some astonishing trick, everybody knows that their own pup is a superstar.

So, why keep them to yourselves? With the wonders of the internet at their paws, your dogs can easily become modern celebrities.
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4 Summer Dangers For Your Canine Companion

Summer is coming and with it comes the long days, luxurious walks with your canine and the sun often longed for in colder months. But, summer is not all fun and games for your pet dog if the right precautions are not taken.

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Reading Your Dog’s Emotions

Dogs pick up on their owners’ behaviours, so when you’re sad, happy or anxious, your puppy is more likely to approach you. It’s only natural that you’d want to reciprocate this behaviour by understanding your pooch’s emotions. This can be complex, because dogs have different personalities and different behaviours, which makes it less obvious to know which emotion they’re feeling, but it’s always worth it. Continue reading

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Four Signs That Your Dog May Require Training

It’s always ideal to start obedience training as a puppy, but we understand that this isn’t always possible. Sometimes it’s not obvious that your dog requires training until they start showing signs that they aren’t exactly behaving as you want them too…

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The Benefits of a Well Trained Dog

Owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience – but if your dog isn’t properly trained, you may not be getting as much from them as you could. While a well-trained dog is a joy to be around, a badly trained pup can be frustrating and even potentially dangerous.

We don’t agree with the old saying that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, however; as specialists in dog training in Surrey, we know that with the right approach, any dog can be taught to behave well.

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Caring for Your Pooch in the Spring

Although it may not feel like the seasons have changed since the drab and dreary winter began, it is in fact the beginning of spring this month. The more observant among you may have found the early mornings brighter when you take your furry friend on their 7am walk, and the sun staying out for longer when you get in from your evening stroll. Officially, spring begins on 20th March this year, and will be around until 19th June.

With the new season comes a new array of ways to ensure that your dog is happy and healthy. Despite the relief of not coming home with a wet pooch each time you take them out for a walk in the rain, there are a host of other things that become more prevalent in the spring.

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- Mike, Croydon
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