Why do dogs pant?
Dogs sweat through their paws, which is not so efficient as our skin, so they release extra heat by panting.
Because that's how they sweat
Because they need to release heat from their body
Because they are happy and relaxed
Your dog's tail is pointing up and the ears are pointed forward. What are they expressing?
The tail shows tension and the ears show it is trying to listen to something that caught its attention and is curious about
Your dog is kneeling on its front legs and makes a bark that starts quiet and rises towards the end. What does it want?
This is play position, and a bark like this is more like a whine or a complaint - play with me now!
You turn to your dog, which decides to turn on its back with its legs in the air and its belly showing and its tail waving. What does this mean?
It is feeling secure and relaxed
Your dog is laying with their paws underneath them and their tail wrapped around their body. Why?
Why do dogs like licking our faces?
It's a sign of submission on their part
They love the salty taste of our skin
It's their way of asking for food and petting
Your dog just got attention, now its tongue is lolling out and it is looking at you intently. What is it feeling?
It’s a sign they are relaxed, happy and mellow. Not to be confused with panting.
True or False: Dogs never know how long you've been gone
Studies show dogs can tell how long you've been gone by the amount of smell left of you at home, and can be pretty accurate about knowing when you'll be back.
To make sure you have the leader role over your dog, which of these actions can you take?
Dogs are heirarchical, giving up resources and adhering to YOUR schedule, plus sleeping below you and not above all work to make you the leader
Make them sleep lower than you
Walk in front of them when going on a walk
Make them move out of your way or clear your favorite spot
While playing with you, your dog stops once in a while to sneeze. What happened?
It is an adorable fact that dogs sneeze to show they are just playing around. They may also yawn.
The dog has a cold but doesn't want to stop playing
The dog is hyperventilating
The dog has a mucus problem
The dog wants you to know this is just a game
You play with your dog in a rough way and it bites you out of play. What do you do?
Retribution is not going to teach them as well as more gentle methods. The best is to stop, make a loud verbal sound (same as for all misdeeds) and stop playing for several hours.
Give them a good smack, they'll remember not to do it again
Immediately stop playing and give a verbal warning
Take them to the vet immediately and discuss their behavior
Make lots of pain and sad noises to show they hurt you
Your dog keeps stopping during your walk to eat grass leaves. What does it mean?
That it is seriously sick and needs a very immediately
That it might be thirsty or missing some nurtrient
That it is starving for food
Your dog is wagging her tail super fast with a very short range of motion. What is she feeling?
When a tail is waving from side to side lazily and with a wide range, the dog is happy and relaxed. What we described is usually born of anxiety, such as going to the vet.
Still a Pup
You still have much to learn about the complex social and physical behavior of dogs. You know, the best way to learn is to have one! However, if you think you can do better, how about giving it another try?
A True Canine
You know quite a bit about dog behavior! That's great, since dogs ARE man's best friend (as are cats!) and as much as they love us, we need to understand them as well as love them back to give them the best life possible. Good job!
When it comes to dogs you're an old hand at this and know all the possible behaviors a dog may show. You've probably raised a few dogs yourself and have had some hands on experience, since it's hard to teach these things without witnessing them yourself. Congratulations for acing this quiz!