Check out the weirdest cat and dog behavior explained! If you’re a cat owner or a dog person, this top 10 list of pet facts you didn’t know will explain you their language!

9. Dogs walk in circles before lying down
When your dog is about to go to sleep you may have noticed them walking round in circles before finally settling. This can seem particularly weird, especially as they don’t actually appear to be doing anything, but it turns out there’s historical reasons why this happens.
Before being domesticated, dogs lived in the wild and had to be aware of any dangers before they went to sleep. The process of walking around in circles has a number of benefits. First it would create a makeshift nest by flattening the grass for them to comfortably sleep on. It would also disturb any snakes or insects in the area that could have interrupted the dog while it was asleep. It would also be another way to define the dog’s territory by leaving its scent around where it sleeps so other animals would know to stay away.
Even though they don’t have any of these things to worry about when sleeping in your home, the action was hardwired into them when it was necessary, so it remains an instinctual behavior.
8. Cats burying poop
While cats are generally much cleaner than dogs, there’s still one bathroom behavior that baffles owners- why do they insist on burying their poop? Cats do their business cleanly in the litter tray, and then start churning the litter around to cover it up, and spill it all over the kitchen floor in the process.
Research into the practice has turned up some interesting conclusions. It’s thought that the reason for them doing this is linked with submission and as a precaution. In the wild, most animals have an acute sense of smell and can easily identify the odors of urine and feces. This is a particular problem if a predator picks up on it because it can lead directly to the cat and their litter of kittens. To avoid this, smaller and more submissive cats will bury their poop. Larger cats such as lions and jaguars don’t exhibit any of this behaviour at all. Instead they use their urine and feces to mark their territory and let everything else know that they should stay away.
In your home, a domestic cat will see itself as a subordinate to the human owner, so they will continue with this burying behavior. It’s also reinforced because they will likely have seen their mother do the same thing when they were young and don’t know any different. Cat owners are still debating whether the cat thinks it is subordinate…
7. Dogs sniffing each others’ butts
One dog behaviour that always grosses people out and can make for awkward conversation when walking in the park, is their love of sniffing each others’ butts. But what could they possibly get from this? The answer is surprisingly complex.
It all relates to how sensitive their sense of smell is. It is, in fact, between 10 thousand and 100 thousand times better than that of humans, and this allows them to pick up on far more than we ever could. They also have a special part to their nose called Jacobson’s organ that actually lets them ignore the smell of poop and focus on more interesting things.
The main reason why they sniff each other is to find out more about them. The glands in a dog’s anus release chemicals that can be used to determine all sorts of things about them such as their age, gender, and even their mood. It’s basically the dog version of checking out a facebook profile. They can also find out when a female is about to go into heat, and for most dogs it’s a completely acceptable means of saying hello and getting to know each other.
6. Cats bring home dead animals
Most cat owners who allow their pet the free roam of the outdoors have experienced this at some point. You come home to find a small present that has been left for you in the form of a dead bird or other small animal. I’ve gotten everything from a live mole to a praying mantis! But why do they do this when they’ve got plenty of food provided to them?
This is another behavior that has its roots from before cats were domesticated about 10,000 years ago. They would typically have many small meals a day, so would need to catch it in advance for when they needed it. This instinct remains, so whenever they have an opportunity they will take it.
Another reason is the maternal instincts of the cat who is responsible for teaching her young how to eat, hunt and to fend for themselves. Even though most female cats are spayed, so won’t have kittens of their own, it’s quite possible that they see you as part of their family. In order to look after you they treat you in the same way, and bring food home for you to make sure you are well fed.

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[Techno Blog] 10 Bad Dog Behaviors!

10 Bad Dog Behaviors!

10. Chewing

Chewing is a very common bad behavior for dogs. Chewing is a dog’s natural way to relieve stress or stop from being bored. Chewing can also ease pain in puppies with new teeth, or in older dogs that have weakening jaws. Chewing is an acceptable behavior when a dog chews an appropriate item, such as a rawhide or dog toy. Most owners become frustrated when their dog chews furniture, shoes, electronics, etc. This type of behavior can be corrected through proper training, especially at a young age.

9. Jumping

Many dogs tend to jump on humans or other dogs when excited during a greeting. By nature, puppies jump on older dogs to smell their face, and therefore dogs do the same with humans. Jumping behavior can be a problem because injuries often occur. Untrimmed nails can scratch a person and a jumping dog can easily knock down someone, especially a child. It is important to teach dogs not to jump at an early age.

8. Leash pulling

Many dogs pull on the leash because they are over excited or over stimulated when on walks. Over stimulation can from the smells human don’t notice or the sounds humans can’t hear. Fast moving objects such as bikes, skateboards, or small animals can also cause excitement for a dog, which leads to them pulling when on walks. This type of behavior can be easily corrected through behavioral training.

7. Leash Aggressiveness

Some dogs feel stressed when being walked on a leash, as they feel they are confined or being controlled. When dogs feel this way, they can become over aggressive towards other dogs, people, or objects. Signs of leash aggressiveness include lunging, growling, or aggressive barking. Leash aggressiveness is common and can be treated with behavioral training.

6. Anxiety

Most dogs become anxious during the early stages of their life when they may not have been properly socialized with other animals or exposed to different environments. They may also have suffered some sort of trauma in their life, such as being hit by a car, abused, or neglected. Dogs that suffer from anxiety will often be fearful, aggressive, cower to other dogs or people, or attempt to run/dart from ‘scary’ situations. Behavior training can help stop anxiety in dogs. If the anxious behavior is severe, medication can be prescribed to help ease a dog’s anxiety.

5. Slobbering/Hypersalivation

Many pet owners have to deal with their dogs slobbering. Slobbering can be a result of dental issue, such as too much tartar, rotten teeth, or inflammation and irritation around a dog’s mouth. Excessive salivation can also be attributed to a dog’s breed. Mastiffs, Bloodhounds, and Bulldogs are common breeds that excessively drool. These types of breeds often have trouble holding in liquids because they have floppy mouth skin, short/narrow snouts, and large jowls.

4. Dog Aggressiveness

Many dogs become aggressive towards other dogs. Dogs that are aggressive often growl, bark, lunge, snap, and attack other dogs. They could become aggressive from fear or it could be a learnt behavior. Some dogs can become aggressive when they are forced into a situation they do not want to be in, such as meeting other dogs at the dog park or during walks.

3. Territorial Behavior

Dogs often defend the area they deem as their territory, or the area they think belongs to them. Common territories that dogs defend are their crate or sleeping area, the yards around their house, or the area around their food. Dogs can also be territorial of their dog toys. Typical signs of territorial behavior include growling, aggressive barking, biting, or frenzied behaviors. Territoriality in dogs is treatable and can be corrected through behavioral training.

2. Excessive Barking

Barking is a natural way of communicating in dogs, but many dogs bark when it is inappropriate or unnecessary. Common reasons a dog barks is to alert or sending a warning, when they are excited or greeting someone new, when thy feel threatened or afraid, or simply because they are being playful. Barking becomes excessive when the dog continues to bark even after the situation that initially caused the barking to start, has stopped. This type of behavior can be corrected through proper behavioral training.

1. House Soiling

Some dogs go to the bathroom in a house as a result of a behavioral problem. Dogs urinate or defecate when they are afraid or anxious, to show submission, or mark their territory. It I important to determine the exact reason your dog is spoiling in the house. By understanding the reason for this unwanted behavior, a proper treatment program can be created to stop this it from continuing to occur.

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10 Abnormally Large Dogs In The World

10 Abnormally Large Dogs In The World
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10 Largest Dogs Ever You Won’t Believe Exist

Some breeds of dogs have been around since ancient times. Most dogs are bred for a lot of different things, from protecting livestock, and protecting their owners, to being faithful and loyal companions.

But in order for a dog to be protective, it’s should be bred with the size it needs to be effective. Join us as we take a look at 10 of the largest dogs ever.

1. Hulk, the Pit Bull – The name ‘Hulk’ fits this pit bull dog perfectly because he is a giant 175lbs, and stands on his hind legs almost 5 feet tall. And while he might seem big and scary, his owners say that he is very gentle and is even trusted around their young son.

2. Freddy, the Great Dane – It’s probably no surprise to many that the Great Dane is one of the largest breeds of dog in the world, but Freddy takes the breed to a whole new level of big. He stands 7ft 6 inches on his hind legs, 2 feet taller than his owner, and weighs 200lbs!

3. Zorba, the English Mastiff – This English Mastiff was a legend when it comes to some of the world’s biggest dogs. You may know that when it comes to the combination of weight and height, nothing can beat this breed of canine. Many Mastiffs average up to 190 pounds, but it’s not unusual for these giants to weigh around 225 pounds at full maturity.

4. CH Samson, the Neapolitan Mastiff – This breed of Mastiff, called ‘Mastino Napolitano’ is actually an ancient dog breed, and that might explain the size of this rare dog. CH Samson was one of the largest and heaviest Mastiffs and weighed a whopping 225 pounds at just two and a half years old.

5. Zeus the Great Dane – Zeus, who lived in Otsego, Michigan, was named the world’s tallest dog by the Guinness World Records in 2012. He measured an incredible 44 inches from his feet to the middle of his shoulder blades.

6. Newfoundland – Unlike many larger breeds, the Newfoundland wasn’t bred to be a guard dog. Instead, it was bred to help fishermen. These big, muscular dogs are able to haul nets and lines from boats, pull carts and, most importantly, fetch anything that falls overboard into the water, including people.

7. The Irish Wolfhound – Like the Scottish deerhound, the Irish wolfhound, as its name implies, was bred to chase down wolves. Developed from war hounds into a dog that was used for hunting and guarding, the Irish wolfhound is ancient breed of canine, and may have been brought to Ireland as far back as 7000 B.C.

8. Leonberger – This large breed of dog began as a mix between a Newfoundland and a Saint Bernard. In the mid-1840s, Heinrich Essig of Leonberg, Germany, crossed a Newfoundland with a Saint Bernard for four generations, then added in a Pyrenean Mountain Dog to the mix.

9. Caucasian Shepherd – This big dog was bred to do one thing only, and that is to protect sheep from wolves, and any other predator that dares attack a shepherd’s flock. However, these dogs can and have been used to protect other livestock.

10. The Anatolian Shepherd – This canine was bred to be a shepherd’s companion and livestock guardian. The interesting thing about them is that they were bred for their size and color so that they matched the livestock that they were protecting.


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