The Top 10 Most Googled Questions About Dogs

The Top 10 Most Googled 
Questions About Dogs: Answered!
  Humans and dogs have lived in harmony for 
thousands of years now, yet there's still so   Much about them that isn't general knowledge. In fact, nowadays, there's so much information   Available it can be overwhelming 
and actually quite hard to   Find the answers you're looking for.
In today's video, we've cross-referenced as   Many sources as possible to track down the truth!
So sit back, relax, and learn the answers to the   Top 10 most googled questions about dogs!
Question Number 1: Why do dogs wag their tails?
  Many believe that dogs wag their tails when 
they're happy, but this isn't always the case.   Studies show that the pace and position 
of the tail wag convey all kinds of   Emotions to humans and other dogs.
When a dog is relaxed, their tail   Will sit in a resting position.
If then their emotions are evoked,   The tail wagging starts.
Moreover, when a dog is frightened   Or submissive, they will often hold their tail 
down and wag it slightly between their legs,   Looking apologetic and guilty!
You will also find that alert or   Excited dogs hold their tail higher than the 
natural position and often wag furiously.   This fast-paced wag usually 
means a dog is happy or excited.
  They'll also adopt a playful stance 
with their rear end elevated.   You will see this often when they want to 
play or when they are glad we are home!
  Meanwhile, a curious dog that is interested in its 
environment will hold its tail straight out. Such   As when they're sniffing around a new area.
Yet an aggressive dog will tend to   Have a very stiff, vertical tail. The next time you see a guard dog barking,   Look at its tail to see what we mean. It's also worth remembering that dogs don't   Use their tails for communication 
only. It also aids in balance and   Stability and acts as a rudder when they swim.
However, none of these interpretations are set   In stone; a wagging tail simply signifies 
a dog interacting with its environment.
  That is why speaking to a dog's owner before 
petting is vital, as misinterpreting a tail   Wag can lead to a nasty bite!
Question Number 2: Why do dogs howl?
  There are four major reasons for why dogs howl:
Ancestry, Communications, Sickness or Injury,   And Separation anxiety. Often the reason for 
Howling is a mixture of different ones, which   Can make the cause challenging to figure out. Firstly, as all dogs are related to wolves,   They still have the instinctive urge to howl. 
They may not even know why they're doing it,   But you'll often notice that once one dog in the 
neighborhood starts, many others will join in.   Howling is normal for dogs to do as long as 
it is not chronic, pervasive, or invasive.   Secondly, Howling is, of course, one of the 
dogs' many ways of communicating with people  

And each other. Most dogs will howl when they are 
sick or injured to ensure those around them know   There is a problem. Before you move forward 
and try to stop your dog from howling, ensure   This isn't the case, as they could be in pain!
Yet if your dog is howling simply because they're   Lonely, anxious, or just wants attention, you may 
have a problem on your hands. This is usually when   You need to start strict behavioral training.
Lastly, dogs will also howl if they hear certain   Sounds that just make them happy! In the same way, 
you might feel like singing along to your favorite   Song on the radio. In conclusion, dogs howl in 
order to present their emotions to the world.
  Question Number 3: Why is 
chocolate bad for my dog?
  Though chocolate is a delicious treat 
for humans, it is toxic for dogs.
  This is because chocolate contains 
theobromine and caffeine.
  Both these chemicals are used medicinally as a 
diuretic, heart stimulant, blood vessel dilator,   And as a smooth muscle relaxant. Dogs simply cannot metabolize theobromine   Or caffeine as well as humans can. That is 
why dogs are more sensitive to their effects.
  In fact, one of the reasons plants produce 
these chemicals in the first place is to   Prevent animals from eating them! The bottom line is that dogs process   These chemicals very slowly, which then 
allows for it to build up in their system   To toxic and potentially deadly levels. 
Various types of chocolate have different   Amounts of theobromine and caffeine in them, 
but to be safe, all chocolate should be kept   Out of reach of dogs. Question Number 4: Do dogs dream?
  You may well have noticed your dog twitching or 
emitting light barks in their sleep. Research   Shows that dogs do in fact, experience dreams. Just like us, dogs dream and go through REM sleep,   Which is the main cycle in which 
humans experience dreams.   It has been found that puppies and older dogs 
usually dream more often than middle-aged dogs!   It turns out that Dogs have pretty similar 
sleeping patterns and brainwave activity   To humans. According to one test, small 
dogs also dream more than larger dogs.   For example, a Toy Poodle may dream once 
every 10 minutes, whereas a Golden Retriever   Will only dream once every 90 minutes. We can only speculate what exactly they   Dream about, but it probably involves 
a lot of chasing squirrels!
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  Question Number 5: Why does my dog lick me?
If you own a dog that likes to lick you a lot,   Then you already know what it's 
like to be slobbered on the face,   Hands, feet, and around the mouth.
This usually happens when you're  

Stroking them, feeding them, or being 
greeted as you step through the door.
  Being licked by your dog can signify affection, 
but it can have multiple other meanings too.   Rember, Dogs have much more sensitive smell 
and taste receptors than us, so they will   Lick their owner or other people if they find 
the taste of their skin interesting. For dogs,   Licking also releases pleasurable 
endorphins and releases stress.
  Licking is a natural and 
instinctive behavior in dogs.   For them, it's often a way of grooming, 
bonding, and even expressing themselves.   Your dog may well lick you to say that they 
love you or to get your attention and sometimes   To help soothe themselves if they're stressed. Studies show that they also lick to show empathy   With other creatures. However, excessive licking 
can sometimes signal that your dog is anxious,   Uncomfortable, or in pain. So if 
you're concerned about your dog,   Speak to a vet or behaviorist for advice.
Question Number 6: Why do dogs have wet noses?
  There is no singular reason why 
a dog's nose would be wet.   For one, dogs are continually licking 
their noses to clean themselves from all   The trouble they're sticking their nose into. Additionally, there's the Scent Detection aspect.   Dogs' noses likely perform better when wet; this 
is because it helps absorb water droplets that   Carry the scent. They also naturally secrete a 
thin layer of moisture, enabling them to trap   Those scents better. Then, they lick their nose, 
so they can essentially taste those scents.
  Finally, it's a way of regulating body 
temperature: Dogs can't sweat in the same   Way we do, so they dissipate body heat from their 
mouths via panting and by having wet noses.   They have special mucus glands inside 
their nostrils, which produce a fluid   That helps them radiate heat faster 
and, therefore, cool down quicker.   So, all in all, it is very normal 
for dogs to have a wet nose,   And a notably dry one could actually indicate a 
health problem that should be checked out.
  Question Number 7: Why do dogs have whiskers?
Dog whiskers have special follicles at the base.   These contain nerves that send messages to the 
dog's brain. So the whiskers essentially serve   As receptors for additional information, such 
as size, shape, and the speed of nearby objects,   People, or animals. While cats rely on   Their whiskers to survive, dogs don't.
So why do they have them in the first place?   Well, even if they are not a survival tool, they 
still use their whiskers to sense the air around   Them to determine which direction a scent is 
coming from. Dogs depend on their sense of smell   More than they do their eyesight, so being able 
to find those scents more easily is important.   They also serve as a sort of night 
vision, acting as a radar in the   Dark to let them know where they are. Studies have also shown that whiskers  

Even help them with balance, but 
thankfully trimming them while grooming   Shouldn't have a significant effect on this. Finally, the whiskers on their eyes are equivalent   To human eyelashes and help stop dirt and other 
detritus from irritating their eyes.   Question Number 8: Why do dogs bury things?
What makes dogs want to instantly run out back   And bury the $15 bone we just bought from the 
store? Well, we can confidently say that they're   Not just playing hide and seek with themselves 
or trying to create a treasure hunt. According to   Long-standing research, the act of hiding things 
like bones and toys around the house or burying   Them in the yard is actually survival intuition. It seems to be an instinct adopted from their   Wolfish ancestors that once enabled them to 
sustain themselves when prey was scarce.
  Even today, it is common for 
Wild dogs to bury their food and   Hide it so other animals can't steal it. Now that domestic dogs have plenty of food,   There is no reason for them to still bury 
things. But just because they're no longer   Wild animals doesn't mean they lose that urge. Another reason could be that the owner is giving   Them too much food or toys, so the 
dog wants to save some for later.   Lastly, they could be bored and be playing a 
game. If your dog wants your attention, they may   Steal valuable items from you, such as shoes or TV 
remotes, in order to get you to play with them.
  What questions do you have about dogs? Let us know in the comments and share   Your thoughts with other enthusiasts!
Question Number 9: Why do dogs chase their tails?
  It may be some comfort to doggie parents 
that a dog chasing its tail is very   Comparable to a baby grabbing its toes. Chasing one's own tail is also known as   'Whirling,' and is a natural behavior and 
a form of play for many predator animals.   As a puppy, chasing their tail can be a short-term 
cure for boredom or a way to gain attention.   They're merely exploring their bodies, so 
it's generally nothing to worry about.   However, if your adult dog becomes obsessive and 
does it all the time, then try distracting them.   And if you find they would rather chase their tail 
than go outside and play, that is when you should   Consult your vet as it may be part of a more 
extensive issue, such as fleas, worms, or even   A behavioral problem or compulsive disorder.
Question Number 10: Why do dogs eat grass?
  This is Google's most asked question about dogs. Well, as it turns out, there are multiple reasons   Why your dog could be eating grass. There is 
some debate about dogs eating grass when they   Don't feel well to make themselves vomit, but it 
was found that only 10% of dogs that were studied   Eating grass were actually sick beforehand. 
Other reports indicate that dogs will often   Eat grass to improve digestion, treat intestinal 
worms, or even fulfill an unmet nutritional need,   Such as a lack of fiber. Then, of course, 
there is the age-old culprit: boredom.   This may mean you need to give your dog more 
exercise or switch up their food. Generally  

Speaking though, experts see no danger in 
letting your dog eat grass in small amounts,   Assuming there are no pesticides and chemicals 
in the grass. If your dog has a sudden increase   In grass eating, there could be an underlying 
issue that requires veterinary assistance.   So now you've been fully informed on all 
the most common dog-related google searches!

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