Why do dogs shake themselves when they are not wet?
My guess would be because of an itch. It"s not like they can go tell their parent that they have a skin irritation, could you scratch me right here on the left. But what most dog behaviorist have found is that a lot of dogs shake and yawn when they wake up. They yawn, they stretch and then often they shake. I don't think we will ever know why they do some of the things they do. We can get educated opinions but we never know for sure.
Why does my dog rub himself all over the carpet?
Two reasons - either to relieve an itch or to mark a scent. For a dog a great analogy is that they want their place to smell like home, which means smell like them. I figure we are at the opposite end of this one as we are always trying to rid our homes from smelling like dogs and they are doing their best to stink the place up. And when they encounter a weird smell, usually they would like to pee on it but they have been told not to do that inside so they roll, marking the spot using the scent glands on their tail instead.
Why does my dog scratch the ground after doing their thing?
There are actually a number of animals that do this. Bears will scratch the tree trunks with their claws to leave a visual or olfactory marker that they peed or pooped. I was watching my dog Cricket the other day scratching and digging. What they are leaving is a visual marker, plus an olfactory scent. Scratching leaves from the scent a fresh odor and a line.
Why does my dog turn around three or more times before lying down?
I've pondered this one for years and years. It could be to flatten the grass or blanket, or it could be to determine the correct direction to face in terms of comfort and safety, and view. It could be the dog's having a good look around him before he decides to lie down because he will be vulnerable if he falls asleep and..... I really haven't got a clue. It's certainly fun to watch them do it. You just think, " Oh they're getting much more comfortable now." We will never make sense of all the cute little things they do, but I do know we have fun watching them.
Written by Susan Reabe