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If you have a dog, we bet you spend a lot of time Googling questions about why they do the things they do. And you're not alone! Today, Google released its annual list of the most searched dog questions — and we've got the scoop on the top queries of 2014. Here they are.
Your dog buries bones just as his canine ancestors did thousands of years ago. The reason? He is followingan instinctive urge to hide surplus food from scavengers so it will be there when he returns later to eat it. Find out more: Why Does My Dog... Bury Bones and Other Objects?
Can you guarantee that your dog and your friend's new puppy will become best buddies? Probably not, but there are some things you can do to help the introduction go smoothly. You may be surprised to learn that your dog can pick up on any tension you feel about the introduction, making her more anxious. According to Dr. Marty Becker, your best bet is to stay calm and pay attention to the body language of all dogs involved.Find out more: Should My Dog Meet Other Dogs On-Leash or Off?
This is probably yourleast favorite of your dog's most favorite hobbies. The good news is there are plenty of things you can do to help keep your backyard from looking like a minefield. Trainer Mikkel Becker recommends you redirect your dog's digging to one specific (and small) section of your yard or even buy a kids' sandbox that you can fill with dirt that you don't mind your dog digging in. Find out more: Why Does My Dog... Dig?
Wet noses actually serve a purpose—they help a dog's sense of smell. Their noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps to absorb scent chemicals.We bet you've also heard that a dry nose is a sign of a sick dog. Dr. Marty Becker weighs in on that common thinking. Find out more: Why Does My Dog... Have a Wet Nose?
Do your dog's ears need to be cleaned? You should use two senses to determine whether your dog's ears are healthy: sight and smell. If you see or smell something off, first talk with your vet to see if this this something you can handle with regular home cleaning or if your vet needs to be involved in a medical solution. An important thing to remember: If your vet recommends that you clean your dog's ears at home, never use a cotton-tipped applicator — that can drive dirt and debris deeper into your dog’s ears. Find out more: How to Keep Your Dog's Ears Clean and Healthy
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