10 Weird Things Dogs Do
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As much as we love them, dogs do disgusting and puzzling things. Why and how can such a sweet, innocent-looking ball of fur act so weird? Here we investigate 10 strange things our pooches do and the evolutionary origins of their behavior.1. Drinking Out of the Toilet
As people who keep the lid-open already know, Fido seems to enjoy drinking out of the toilet so much more than the perfectly good water in his bowl. To him, it's not a temporary receptacle of human waste; it's an eternal fountain of a never-ending supply of clean, cool water. The constant flushing keeps the water fresh and maximizes its oxygenation. Even the container holds some appeal - porcelain doesn't change the taste like metal or plastic bowls can. Experts, however, recommend keeping the lid closed, due to the potential ingestion of harmful bacteria or poisonous cleaning chemicals.
2. Rolling Around in Smelly Stuff
What smells repulsive to humans is like perfume to a dog. Pooches enjoy the odor so much that they can't resist covering themselves in it, essentially making it a part of them. Although indescribably gross, instinct and evolution guides this action going back to dogs' hunting days. In order to make the kill, he had to stealthily stalk his prey and needed to smell as much unlike a dog as possible to remain undercover.
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For those of you who have cat-loving dogs, please know that we do realize many dogs get along perfectly well with cats, and skip to the next segment. If your pooch is of the feline-chasing persuasion, though, read on. Some dogs, whether by breed or temperament, are hunters at heart. Since city dogs see many more cats than other furry creatures, such as squirrels and rabbits, the association of Fido chasing Fluffy comes from seeing those two on the run rather than any other prey. However, with felines clocking in at the top speed of almost 30 miles per hour, versus canines reaching a maximum of 29 mph plus a few hundred yards, a physically intact and reasonably young cat will out-pace her predator.
Learn More: 10 Dog Breeds that Shouldn't Live with Cats4. Pumping His Leg While His "Sweet Spot" is Scratched
Whether your concentration of scratching or rubbing is on his tummy, side, or back/tail joint, your pooch will usually respond with pumping his leg. This could indicate his enjoyment, but more likely is an ingrained response to keeping pests off of him. No matter how hard he tries, he is unable to stifle this automatic reflex reaction. In fact, it's so predictable that veterinarians will use it to test their neurological functioning during examinations. Despite being fully aware that your fingernails aren't fleas, he can't resist the hardwiring that makes him bring his leg up to scratch them off. Both scratching and insect bites will produce the same response.
5. "Greeting" Your Visitor's Leg
Embarrassed pet owners wish this behavior, more than any other, did not exist. Male dogs in their adolescent period, similar to teenage boys, have an overabundance of hormones that give them an insatiable sex drive. Neutering can often tame this behavior, but it's not a guaranteed fix. If Fido's obsession with his male parts seems especially overboard, get him checked out by your vet to ensure there's no medical issue.