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3 Puppy Behaviors to Look Out For

Puppies are small, beautiful creatures that require extra care and attention from their owners. While they’re happy and excited most of the time, many environmental circumstances affect their everyday behaviors.

Here are three concerning behaviors to look out for in your puppy.

Excessive Panting

Dogs often pant when they’re tired from being physically active. Most dog owners agree that their dogs pant after returning from an hour or so of walking, running, or exercising. Providing a dog with plenty of fresh water and an adequate amount of food can stop the occasional panting. However, it’s a different story if the dog starts panting excessively and unnecessarily.

Excessive panting is a dog’s way to release its body heat. If you think there’s no obvious reason for a dog to be panting, you must perceive it as a sign that your dog is too hot. Therefore, you must develop strategies to cool them off, such as lowering the air conditioning temperature and refilling their water bowl with cold water.

Panting is also a symptom of anxiety among rescue dogs, which can become a significant issue if you don’t deal with it early on. It’s always a good idea to see a vet in such cases to ensure your dog is alright and well taken care of.

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Hard Stares

Staring is never a good sign, be it in humans or dogs. While many dogs look at their dog owners with love, adoration, and affection, there may be an issue if you suspect a hard stare from your pup. A hard stare is an indicator of a dog’s anger or aggression towards something.

In other words, if you notice your dog giving another animal a hard stare, you must take a safety measure to prevent them from attacking one another and causing violence. Try to distract the dog by making a loud noise or showing them a new object. If your dog is staring at you, don’t stare back.

Tail Between the Legs

One may perceive a dog’s tail as simply a body part, but in truth, it says a lot about the dog’s character and feelings. A significant behavioral pattern is a dog’s tail between its legs. It’s a sign of a dog being afraid, skeptical, or fearful of something or someone.

Puppies with a lack of socialization skills often struggle with fear and anxiety under unusual environments and unknown people. As a result, they tuck their tails between their legs. The best way to deal with such dogs is by being gentle with them and using reliable sources to soothe their nerves and improve their socialization skills.

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1 thought on “3 Puppy Behaviors to Look Out For”

  1. Debby Gsellmeier

    My puppy is almost nine months old and she drinks water like no tomorrow and eats tons of grass is this normal?

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