- Why do dogs eat grass?
Many dogs will pretty much eat anything—or at least try it once. Dogs eating grass is very common, so don’t be alarmed. It is commonly believed that some dogs that eat grass do so to combat an upset stomach, causing the dog to potentially vomit. The main concern if your dog is a grass-eater is to ensure your pooch never eats chemically treated grass as this can be toxic. Also if you see a significant increase in grass-eating than this may be a sign of an underlying issue so be sure to consult your vet.
- Do dogs dream?
Absolutely! Studies have shown that dogs can begin dreaming as quickly as 20 minutes after falling asleep. You may see your dog twitching or yelping in their sleep. Brain scans have shown that dogs apparently process their daily activities while sleeping similar to us!
- Why do dogs howl?
Dogs howl to communicate to others far away. They call out to their friends, howl to intimidate or sometimes howling is a way to get attention or to indicate they have been hurt. Additionally, dogs may howl in response to other loud noises such as church bells, sirens or loud music.
- Why do dogs have whiskers?
Whiskers are connected to the nerve system and relates to touch. Dog’s sensory system assists with their orientation of space, approaching objects and avoiding obstacles.
- Why do dogs chase their tails?
Although there is no conclusive answer to this question, many professionals have researched and discovered a possible link to tail chasing and vitamin deficiencies or dogs who were detached from their mother too early.
- How to clean dogs ears?
At home we can clean the outer ear but in order to clean the horizontal canal bring your pooch to the vet for a thorough cleaning. At home ear cleaning will best be accomplished with two people facilitating the process. One person hold the dog still while the other gently swabs the ear with a cotton ball or gauze wrapped around finger using warm water or a bit of hydrogen peroxide. Consult your vet if you are interested in using ear cleaning solutions.
- Why are dogs noses wet?
Smell is your dog’s most sensitive and precise sense. A dog’s nose is wet due to a thin layer of mucus that attracts particles from the air and physical contact. These particles are then ingested by the mouth and tongue to send important information to the brain.
- How to stop a dog from digging?
First it is important to establish the root cause of digging. Is your dog bored? Inactive? Or poorly exercised? These are some of the reasons associated with compulsive digging. Do not leave your dog unattended in the backyard if this is a serious issue. Retrieve objects from ground ASAP when found. You can also try filling holes with unpleasant organic items such to deter digging.
- How to introduce dogs?
Do so in a neutral space, feed in separate areas of the house if introducing a new dog into the home and limit contact with new dog until organic hierarchy is established.
- Why dogs bury bones?
The act of burying food is an instinctive act from their wild dog days. Wild dogs do this to conceal and preserve extra food from other animals and scavengers. Domesticated dogs still may bury out of instinct or as a stimulating fun activity.
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- The Savannah cat was the top searched cat
- Hero Cat youtube video was viewed 2.7 million times
- Top Celebrity animals this year: Grumpy Cat, Boo, Lil Bub, Doge and Maru