Don’t worry too much if your dog has been acting funny; it’s quite common for most pet owners to ask, “My dog is acting weird, what should I do?” Your pet’s actions reflect their mood, and if you watch keenly, you can easily interpret its behavior.
Here are some indications to watch out for:
If you notice that your dog has bad breath all of a sudden, it is better to take them to your vet. Your pet may have a dental infection or sores in the mouth.
Any problem in your dog’s stomach, liver, or kidneys can also cause bad breath. If your dog’s mouth smells like ammonia (urine), there may be an underlying kidney problem. If your pet has been drinking a lot of water and frequently urinating, of late, it could mean that he or she has diabetes. Hence, any change in breath needs immediate attention and a trip to the vet.
Nipping and Biting
Pups take nips at their pet owners when they are little. Even when you are training your dogs, they may take a quick, playful nip, which is just a way of communicating with you. You shouldn’t be worrying too much, thinking why is “my dog is acting weird” today?
If nipping and biting continue and become a habit, it is time you disciplined your pet and tried to stop them from continuing to do so. Some common reasons why dogs bite includes anger, fear, anxiety, and aggression. It would help if you watched your pet closely to find out the reason for this strange behavior.
If you cannot prevent your dog from biting frequently, it is time to talk to a professional dog trainer who will identify the reason.
Walking Rapidly in Circles
Dogs do chase their tails frantically but usually, give up within a few seconds. However, if your pet is doing it too often, there could be something wrong, like an ear infection. Sometimes, a brain tumor also causes your dog to run in circles, which only a vet can detect and treat. Even food poisoning can cause your dog to behave this way, and it is advisable to visit your vet if this behavior continues for a long time.
Digging up Dirt or Sand
Dogs often go into spells of frantic digging with no apparent reason. He or she keeps digging up dirt or sand and pushes it backwards. Some dogs do this to find a comfortable hole to settle down in for a while. Or, your dog may want to hide something, usually a bone. It is quite normal for dogs to go around digging now and then.
However, if the digging becomes more like an obsession, you need to sit up and take notice. Only a trainer can discipline your pet and stop them from digging up your garden or scratching your furniture.
Hyperventilating more Often
If your dog keeps hyperventilating or panting, it is no cause for alarm. Usually, dogs pant to expel body heat to maintain normal body temperature. When your dog feels too warm, they start panting. Sometimes dogs pant if they are in pain. Hence, it is advisable to investigate if your dog keeps frequently panting throughout the day. Look for hidden injuries like scratches, which may be causing the pain.
Most dogs show curiosity when they see poop and smell it, and walk away, which is normal behavior. The hidden scents in poop stir your dog’s curiosity, and they start eating it if they like the smell. Sometimes, dogs eat feces to make up for some nutritional deficiency, though no one knows how dogs know this, it is more from instinct.
While watching your dog eat feces is distasteful and causes a sense of disgust in some pet parents, a gentle reprimand should be enough to divert your pet. If your dog shows a continued preference for eating feces, a trip to the vet is warranted.
Summing it Up
Pet parents often get alarmed at the slightest change in their dogs behavior. However, most of the time, it is normal behavior, and there is no cause for concern unless your dog continues to display such odd behavior. Under such circumstances, your vet is the best judge.