13 Odd Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Dog

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By Jenny Stanley, The Family Handyman

Why do you kick up the lawn after you pee?

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Kicking up dirt after peeing isn't actually a common behavior. According to Rosie Bescoby, a clinical animal behaviorist who spoke with LiveScience, only 10 percent of dogs will actually carry out this kind of behavior. This behavior is called "ground scratching," and is a passed down trait from wolves and coyotes. In order for pack leaders to claim proper territory, they would use this behavior to set a boundary of where "not to cross the line." Peeing in the spot doesn't just send the signal—spreading the dirt helps to draw that line.

Why are you afraid of the vacuum cleaner?

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Has your dog been exposed to a vacuum sound besides when you're actually vacuuming? Probably not. PetMD states that dogs will feel sound phobia when they are exposed to noises they aren’t familiar with. It's probably the reason your dogs like to run and bark at passing cars, or other unfamiliar noises.

Why do you eat grass?

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According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), they just like the way it tastes! According to Andrea Rediger, writing for the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, "another theory states that undomesticated dogs are naturally omnivores (meat and plant-eaters), therefore domesticated dogs instinctively include plant material in their diet. Alternatively, some speculate that undomesticated dogs would ingest plant material in the stomachs of their prey, and therefore the species developed a taste for it."

Why do you sniff other dogs' butts?

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With a couple inhales, any dog can ascertain if another dog is an old acquaintance or a new one, if they're male or female, and if they're aggressive or passive. Amazing, right?

Why do you stick your head out the car window?

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Pets Magazine: 13 Odd Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Dog
13 Odd Questions You’ve Always Wanted to Ask Your Dog
Dogs do pretty weird stuff sometimes! Here are expert answers to some questions you've been begging to ask your dog.
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