“Tell Me Why?” Fun Facts

by admin on April 27, 2011

OK, let’s play the “Fun Facts” game together and see how much we both know.

A. Why Does My Dog Lick My Toes?

a). Good question! I know that just between us friends, you love when you dog licks your toes. Well, one answer to this question is the fun fact that your feet, socks, even your shoes have the distinct smell and taste of you. Your feet to your shoes are a regular buffet for your dog. Secretly, I love it when my dog licks my toes too.

B.  Why Does My Dog Dig?

b). I’m sorry your garden looks like a minefield.  We do know that some dog breeds were bred for digging. Like the terriers or the dachshunds. Dogs dig for lots of reasons; comfort from the heat it one great reason. They’re so smart. Dogs don’t sweat efficiently and they look for the shade or moist places to rest.

Odors. Yes, some of our diggers dig to find food, like that old bone they buried or prey.

Boredom or Frustration. Some of our diggers are just bord and they look at digging like an activity. Oh yes, this is an activity, alrighty, but probably not the activity you had in mind for them or want to encourage. Some good solutions for these bord diggers would be to play more ball, go on more walks, doggy daycare. Great excercises for your both too.

Another reason dogs dig is Fear. The sound of thunder, or loud noises, even separation anxiety pushes buttons that drive them up the anxiety scale. They might be trying to escape, to find safety or you. Definitely, consult your vet when it comes to extreme behavior, so you both can work out a good resolution.

Another reason dogs dig, is to find a mate. Better secure your fences and gates from Houdini!  There are a lot more reasons as to Why Does My Dog Dig?, but this gives you some ideas on what they might be thinking about when they are digging. If you know more digging answers, zip me a comment.

C.  Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

c). I get asked this question a lot! There are so many theories on this 1 question.  Here are a few:

* Dogs eat grass to settle an upset stomach.  Here lies the great debate. Do dogs eat grass to make themselves vomit or do dogs eat grass, like taking medicine to settle their stomachs?

*One final pop quiz question. Could it be that dogs simply like to eat grass?Whatever the reasons are, we know that dogs will continue to eat grass and it’s normal.

Be on the lookout for grass that is chemically treated with pesticides, fertilizers, even natural grass treatments. Consult your vet if you notice your dogs’ behavior changes in any way after eating grass. If you have any thoughts on this question, let me know by popping me your question.

D.  Why Does My Dog Act Like A Maniac When I Get Home?

d) Well, I’m kinda sure your dog does not wear a watch. Tell me they don’t!! Time has no value to your dog. So, whether you’re gone an hour, 1 day, 1 week, it all feels like forever to them. And when they see you, it is beyond joyous. I should take a page from my dog’s book about the value of time and live in the moment as he does.

E.  Why Does My Dog Sleep On My Pillow or Robe?

e). Can you say, “H.E.A.V.E.N!” This is an easy one. The correct answer, found behind, door #1, is that your pillow and robe smell like you. What could be better to them then that?

Of course, there are many more Fun Fact to explore:

1.Why Does My Dog Cock His Head When I Speak?

2.Why Does My Dog Pick Up Sticks On Our Walk?

3. Why Does My Dog Hide Behind My Legs When We Meet New Dogs?

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Bill Long September 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I’m convinced that another reason some dogs dig is that it just feels good. Everything on a young dog grows so fast including toenails and it almost looks like they’re scratching an itch.LOL


Bill Long September 26, 2011 at 9:29 pm

As for dogs loving to sniff and lick feet I’ve noticed that many female dogs have a slight odor of sweaty socks. Could your feet bring back memories of their puppyhood?? Tank goes nuts when he smells used straw from a horse stall and I KNOW his mother didn’t smell like that!!


admin September 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Bill your humor is the best! I think I will have to add this 1 to the Next “Tell Me Why?” Fun Facts and give you full writer’s credit here! I bet Tank has fond memories of straw with all the sites he see and smells on the road with you. You have a another great point about scents and puppyhood too. Licking feet has everything to do about the scent and comfort of that person. We might have to schedule a skype interview with you.


Shelly and Layla September 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Ummm here we go LOL :

01. Licking toes – not sure about that one but I do know it tickles
02. Digging – Layla does it all the time with her treats and I say its cos she is saving for a rainy day BOL
03. Eating grass – that the vet told me that they do it when they have a sore stomach or phlegm – I call it eating some veggies
04. Maniac – personally I think they act that way as they do not like being left alone, Layla is great with that, she lies on the bed and watches me come in and then if I have shopping bags dashes to see what I bought, but the minute I sit she dances around tail wagging
05. Sleep on pillow or robe – the smell of us gives them a sense of security, when Layla came to me the vet told me to leave something of mine (worn) on the bed and she would settle down without crating and it worked.

To everyone on the blog, Shana Tova – Happy New Year – with love from Layla and Shelly of PoochParkWear


admin September 29, 2011 at 12:03 am

You and Layla (your partner in crime) have read the fun facts!!! 1-5, you have it down.
Shana Tova to you and Layla! Happy Sweet New Year from our family to Yours and PoochParkWear too.


Betty September 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Love the information on your site , not only is it informational but enjoyable . It is so interesting to get other inputs . Thank you Betty


admin September 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

Betty: Makes me happy that you enjoyed this fun one! Love that you share information right back to me!


admin September 29, 2011 at 9:24 pm

Betty! I always love to see you hear. Fun Facts was fun to write on. You’re the best for checking in on the blog.


admin October 19, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Betty, “Tell Me Why?” Fun Facts was a great 1 to write. I had to laugh out loud writing this one, that’s for sure. Always great to see you here.


Christina Lee January 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

My dog Bailey digs to dig up all the rocks and then she hides them somewhere else. I guess she does it out of boredom. My Tallulah will go to sleep where ever I drop my bathrobe and sometimes before I leave the house I got get it for her and make her a nest until I return. Great post chica! Keep up the good work!

Christina and Nitro – Deaf Dogs Rock!


admin January 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Christina, my dog Winston does the exact same thing with my robe as does 1 of our favorite guest named Angel. No matter where I drop it…they curl right up in my robe. At times, together. Now for the rocks…stay tuned I’m writing about dogs being bord. You’re a fast mind-reader. Hope to work with you on sharing ideas. Thanks for the read. Cheers!!!


Rachael Chadwick April 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

I used to breed my Border Terrier and digging can be an expression of pain, esp labour pain. All three of my terriers dig at the carpet – I think they just enjoy the sensation in their paws. I’ve bought them a coir doormat and they love it! Also – they lick our toes because they’re salty!


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