So, what’s up with your dog acting weird? It’s extremely worrying to see your dog act weird. Are you worried about him? If so, you’ll find this blog post very helpful, I promise.
10 Symptoms To Guess if a Dog Acting Weird
Takeaway these 10 common symptoms of a dog acting weird:
- Sleeping more than usual
- Lack of energy or enthusiasm for things that typically excite them
- Refusing to go on walks
- Eating less than usual
- Coughing, sneezing, or wheezing
- Lethargy or hyperactivity
- Pulling back from the touch
- Unusual drooling
- Barking at nothing
- Licking your face or anything excessively
A quick response may include calling your veterinarian for more information on how to treat these symptoms
My Dog is acting weird for the past couple of days.
Dogs are often scolded for being “weird” around a new person. Some dogs will run away, some may hide behind you, and others may approach the person, bark, and then leave. There is no right way to act during a new experience (or at least not one that’s been scientifically proven), but dogs are simply responding to what they perceive as a threatening situation: an unknown person has entered their territory. However, if your dog is acting weird around other dogs or people in general, it could be something else entirely. Here are some of the most common reasons why your dog may be acting weird around other people and what to do about it:
A change in the environment: If you have moved recently or recently had a pet die in the house, your dog could be experiencing anxiety due to these changes. Try taking him for walks at different times of day and letting him meet new friends. If he’s not used to seeing other people every day then this might help him adjust faster by spending time with family members or friends who live nearby (if possible).
If nothing seems to work then consider getting professional help – there are many great trainers out there who can offer advice on how best to deal with this issue!
He used to love being alone but now he seems stressed.
If your dog is acting strange and you have no idea why consider what has changed in his environment. It could be as simple as a new housemate or pet, or it could be as serious as a chronic medical problem. Check for signs of illness or pain and visit the vet if needed. If there is no obvious cause, consider training him to be comfortable with being alone.
My dog acts weird around other dogs.
There are several reasons your dog may be acting weird around other dogs. Your dog is stressed (and yes, even happy-go-lucky puppies can become stressed) or has been bitten by another dog and is now wary of other dogs. Sometimes dogs act weird around other dogs because they’re in pain, which can be caused by a number of things from a urinary tract infection to arthritis. Some causes might include:
- A fight with another dog
- Fear of the presence of other dogs
- Separation anxiety
- Fear of a new human in the home
- Fear of a new dog in the home
My dog will not settle down at night, and he barks at everything outside.
- Try a dog anxiety wrap.
- Ignore the barking and your dog’s attempts to get attention from you.
- Take your dog for a long walk before bedtime, or play with him until he is tired. This will help to release his energy and make him more likely to settle down for the night.
- Make sure that your dog’s bedding is clean and comfortable enough for him to sleep well in it, free of any lumps or bumps that might keep him up at night by digging into his body if he rolls over onto them in his sleep.
- If nothing works, ask your vet for the advice! Your vet is trained to give you suggestions on how best to care for your pet and can often recommend methods that have worked well in the past with other dogs like yours (or even with other dogs belonging to you).
- Try changing up your routine! You’re not alone – just like humans, dogs get bored too!
My other dog just died, and my dog is acting very depressed and sad.
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your other dog. The death of a close companion is a serious blow for anyone, and that includes dogs. However, I want you to know that it’s highly unlikely that your dog feels any deep sense of sadness at its friend’s passing. Rather than feeling simple grief (or perhaps even mourning), they are probably reacting with confusion and uncertainty to the absence of their playmate. Think of it as akin to the difference between a human being left by a partner and one whose partner has passed away: Yes, there are some similarities in behavior, but fundamentally they are two different experiences.
What to do if your dog is making strange noises?
If your dog is making strange noises or sounds, it’s normal to be concerned. However, there are a variety of reasons why your dog might be behaving this way. We’ll discuss some of the more common reasons below and what you can do about them.
The dog is acting weird is a warning sign
If your dog is acting weird, don’t ignore it. Your dog’s behavior may be a warning sign that something is wrong with him, and you should seek veterinary advice. Don’t try to diagnose it yourself or trust the internet to do it for you—it’s worth spending money on a vet visit if you have any suspicion that something might be going on with your pup. If you can’t get an appointment right away, call the vet’s office and explain what symptoms your dog is showing so they can help determine whether he needs to come in right away. It’s better safe than sorry!
If you keep these pointers in mind then you will be able to figure out what your dog is trying to tell you. Maybe your dog just needs more exercise or maybe it got lost and when you find it you will also figure out why it was acting weird. If you haven’t figured out what your dog is trying to tell you then pay attention and act accordingly. Is there something I forgot? Have an experience that fits some of the tips above? Feel free to adapt the tips according to what works best for you! In the next article, I’ll cover some helpful hints on how to differentiate between various barks and howling.