Your canine companion is quite the character, to say the least! Whether it’s their eccentric expressions, playful poses, cute curiosity or lovable licks, there’s never a dull moment with your doggy. Needless to say, you always have your eyes on what your charismatic four-legged friend is doing. But, what if some of your dog’s behaviors seem a little too strange for a photo-op?
Why is My Dog Acting Weird?
Sometimes, strange dog behaviors are nothing more than awkward moments that come and go, just like us humans. Who hasn’t done a frantic spin while trying to reach a back itch? Hey, no judgement.
But, some of our furry friends’ behaviors are actually secret indicators that they might need some help from their loving pet parent. That said, here are four weird behaviors that might ring a bell, along with what you can do to help your furry fave.
1. Everything is a chew toy
Imagine this. You walk into your house after a long day at work and find scratch marks on the door, shredded pillows, ruined shoes, a mangled TV remote and a dog that’s really happy you’re home. Um, yay?
For many dog parents, that’s not just an ordinary case of a naughty dog. It could be a sign that your dog gets a little too uptight when you’re away.
To keep your canine as cool as a cucumber, try Calming Bites. They’re paw-fect for keeping dogs relaxed and at ease when you’re not around, and even during other normal stressful situations like thunderstorms, fireworks, or public spaces.
They’ll love the delicious chewables, and you’ll love not having to buy new socks every few weeks. It’s a win-win!
2. Tummy discomfort?
What dog doesn’t love mealtime? For most dogs, it’s practically the highlight of their day. What if your pup suddenly doesn’t race to the food bowl and seems strangely sluggish after eating? There’s a good possibility that their tummy could use some TLC.
Your veterinarian can help identify Fido’s tummy troubles at the source with an examination and a few questions about their eating habits. From there, they may suggest dietary changes (so long, table scraps), supplements or other options to lend your dog a helping paw.
You can also consider Probiotic Bites, which contain six strains of probiotics. Among those strains is a premium branded ingredient called DE111®, which is a clinically studied human-grade probiotic that helps support your pup’s digestive function and gut flora. A little chew can go a long way to keep your pup’s tummy happy!
3. The itch twitch
As a loving dog parent, you always want your fur-baby to feel comfortable in their own skin. But for some dogs, skin health can be a challenge!
Sure, we’ve all seen our dogs scratch themselves for a few seconds and go back to their usual hijinks. No big deal, right? Right. However, if you’ve ever noticed your dog practically jumping after an itch with lightning speed or just scratching too frequently, something might be up.
After ruling out out fleas or bath-time needs as the culprit, visit your veterinarian to see what’s causing Fido to feel “ruff.” It could be as simple as dry skin or a pesky seasonal allergy.
If dry skin is to blame, Omega Bites might be a worthy option. They’re a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids (with EPA and DHA) that help support normal skin moisture, while also providing bark-worthy antioxidant support.
If sensitive skin or seasonal allergies are at play, our Aller-Immune Bites might save the day! Each delicious chew supports your canine’s immunity, digestion, skin health and even their normal histamine response.
4. Their toys are collecting dust
For dogs (and even dog parents), playtime is a great time for fun, exercise. and bonding. But, what if your dog’s toy bin doesn’t get as much attention as it used to? Is it because your furry fave doesn’t like to run or jump around as much? Sure, every dog is allowed to have a lazy phase, but is something else affecting how they play?
As dogs get older, their energy levels change over time. There’s less running laps and more taking naps. With age, your dog may prefer simple walks over flying through the air to catch their frisbee.
Another possibility is that they need help keeping the spring in their step, in which case Mobility Bites could come in handy. Not only do dogs love the taste, but these doggy supplements also feature glucosamine, chondroitin and a premium form of MSM called OptiMSM®.
Those ingredients work together to support your doggy’s hips, joints, cartilage and connective tissue to help your pup strut their stuff.
Pet parents, don’t be weirded out!
We know your pup is your pride and joy, so it’s only natural that their weirder moments can cause concern. Your hound is bound to go through all sorts of phases, stages and changes throughout their amazing life – just like us humans!
Whether it’s a dietary change, a prescription, a new routine or a Zesty Paws supplement, they’ll always count on your calm and reassuring love first and foremost to get them through. Be sure to maintain regular checkups with a veterinarian to stay on top of your dog’s needs. After all, you might notice behaviors worth inquiring about. And remember, no question is a stupid question for your vet. Ask away!