If you’ve ever had a dog, you know how important it is to understand its behavioral signs.
But did you know that some of the most important indicators can be subtle and easy to miss?
If you’re like most pet parents, your dog probably has a set routine when it comes to going outside. They might start by scratching at the door or nudging you with their nose. If you don’t take them out at this point, they will become more insistent with their behavioral cues.
Plus, as a dog owner, you know that having your pet use the bathroom indoors can be a messy and unpleasant experience. This is why it’s so important to take your dog outside for walks as often as possible.
But if you have a busy schedule or live in an apartment building without an outdoor space for your dog to use, it can be hard to find time for walks. That’s why installing a pet door is essential. Every time your dog needs to go out, they’ll head straight for the door – and leave all the mess behind.
When you do this, you’ll help your dog stay healthy and happy, which means less mess in your house. Here are three signs that could mean your dog needs more time outside:
Too Much Barking
As much as we love our dogs, sometimes their enthusiastic barking can be a little much. If your dog is constantly barking and you can’t figure out why it might be time for some fresh air.
If your dog is in a quiet room alone and starts barking, it’s probably because he wants to get out and do some exercise. If you don’t take him out right away, he may continue to bark until you do.
This could be especially true if you’re at home during the day and your pup hears people walking by or cars driving by. Or maybe your dog just wants to hang out with you. Either way, make sure to take him outside regularly, so he doesn’t get bored or lonely while you’re gone all day, and so he doesn’t drive everyone else crazy with all that incessant noise.
As per a recent survey, around 20% of pet parents spend more than 10 hours a month walking their dogs. This equates to roughly 20 minutes a day, which every pet parent should dedicate in order to maintain good health. Just like humans, dogs need regular exercise in order to stay healthy and happy.
Excessive Tail-Wagging or Panting
If your dog is excessively tail-wagging or panting, it could be a sign that they want to go outside.
Excessive tail-wagging is a sign that your dog is happy and excited, but it can also be a sign of anxiety or stress. Your dog may be feeling anxious about being inside for too long, which can lead to them displaying excessive tail-wagging behavior as a way of communicating their discomfort.
Panting is another way that dogs show signs of being stressed or anxious. Dogs will pant when they’re having trouble breathing or feeling hot because they want more oxygen in their system. If you notice your dog panting excessively, it’s best to take them outside for a walk to help alleviate the symptoms of their anxiety.
In fact, having a dog can help with your anxiety too. Roughly 25% of the participants in a recent survey claimed that having a dog in their life significantly reduced their anxiety levels.
They Are Following You From Room to Room
When you are at home, your dog might follow you from room to room. This can be a potential sign that your dog wants to go outside. Dogs are pack animals, and they want to be with their owners as much as possible. Thus, if your dog follows you from room to room, it might be trying to tell you something.
It’s important to remember that dogs don’t have human communication skills – they can’t speak our language, after all. Thus, they’ll often resort to the most obvious way of letting us know what they want or need – following us around. When they see us leaving the house and they want to come with us, they’ll usually just follow us wherever we go until we take them outside. In addition, when you’re taking your dog for a walk, remember to use the popular halo collar to monitor their movement in case they wander off.
According to an American Pet Products Association (APPA) survey from 2021–2022, 70% of households had pets. Among the 70%, 69 million households have dogs, compared to 45.3 million households with cats. As dog ownership continues to increase, there is an increased responsibility on the part of dog owners to be aware of their dogs’ behavior.
It’s important to remember that dogs can’t tell us what they’re feeling, so it’s up to us to notice the subtle signs that they need something. When we’re paying attention, we can spot these signs before they become a problem.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.