Whether we realise it or not, our pet dogs are continually trying to communicate with us, but it’s not always easy to know what they’re trying to say! Here are a few examples of what your pet may be trying to communicate to you when they do, or act, in a certain way.
Lying on your feet:
This can be a clear indicator that your dog believes that you belong to them, and not just the other way around! By lying on or across your feet, your pet is staking their claim on you and is showing that they are there to protect you.
Copying your mood:
It has long been said (and indeed proven) that our pets can pick up on our moods and even reflect them in their own behaviour. If you’re having a bad day and feel glum, doubtless your dog’s expression and mannerisms may mimic this. So, if you want a happy dog…
This kind of behaviour is a strong sign that your dog hasn’t been able to expend enough energy, So, they’re having to entertain themselves and burn off their excess vitality on their own.
Destroying things when you’re away from them:
Separation anxiety is no joke for most of our pet dogs, and they can get themselves worked up into a state while they worry about when (and if!) you’ll be returning. While some dogs simply bark for a few minutes after you’ve left, others can resort to destructive behaviour and get themselves into all sorts of bother.
Behaving differently for no known reason:
Nobody knows your pet better than you, and if they suddenly start acting a little strange, you’ll be the first to notice it. There could be many reasons for this change in your pet’s behaviour, but one of them could be that your dog is sick, especially if the change in behaviour persists for more than 24 hours.
Our pets are always trying to communicate to us, and while nobody expects you to be Dr Doolittle, there is also nobody better placed than you to try and interpret their non-verbal messages. However, if you’re worried that your pet may be trying to tell you something that you simply can’t fathom, then it would be best to seek help from an outside source. If your pet is sick, spotting the symptoms and acting on them quickly can sometimes be the difference between life and death, so never ignore any changes to your dog’s behaviour.