Curiosities of dogs: the reasons why they lick, howl or tilt their head

The dog is the best friend of the man, because gives you company and affection without asking for anything in return, something very important and valuable in the case of older people. However, despite this long friendship, sometimes the meaning of some of their behaviors. So today we are going to reveal the causes why dogs repeat certain gestures on such a daily basis, such as licking with their tongue, tilting their heads and even making sounds similar to a howl.

What do they indicate when licking?

On previous occasions we have talked about how a cat, another of the most beloved pets, communicates with its owner through gestures, sounds and body movements, something that is also repeated in the case of dogs. For example, lick its owner is a signal that the dog uses to indicate that he does not receive all the affection he needs and what you are looking for at that time. That is why many turn to their language to express the lack of attention.

A gesture that, in addition, you can repeat frequently, but in this case licking his muzzle and opening his mouth, when you have hunger. In other words, a wake up call for the owner to give him his food.

Since there are no two without three, there is also another explanation when dogs stick their tongues out: heal some superficial wound that they have on their skin. Thus, with this simple movement, they momentarily relieve any pain and itching they may feel. Therefore, if the owner of the animal observes this scene, it is better to go to the vet so that the professional can make correct healing of the affected area. In this way, you will prevent future infections if you scratch or lick yourself too much.

Curiosities of dogs: the reasons why they lick, howl or tilt their head

And when do they tilt their heads?

In this case, it means that the dog is attentive to what its owner is doing. Cocking his head, the can widens your field of vision, as canine behavior researchers at the University of British Columbia explain (@UBC), for more clues when it comes to knowing the emotional state of his master. Or to try to understand and understand the body language of the same.

Some experts, such as animal psychologist Alexandra Horowitz (@DogUmwelt), they add that with this habit they also achieve adapt your auditory pinna to hear humans much better.

Howl like wolves

Yes, dogs howl too, although it does not have the same meaning. In the case of wolves, they do it to communicate with your pack in some circumstances, such as if they are hunting. A gesture and a sound that is also repeated in the case of domestic dogs, especially those of breeds such as Siberian or Samoyed Husky, although not so frequently. This time, it is a sound expression of emotions or feelings experienced by can.

Under this premise, the howl of a dog can be a sign of defense of their territory or a way of protect what you consider yours in the face of an unknown threat. Something that some owners can check especially at night or if their dog acts as a guardian of the family home.

Curiosities of dogs: the reasons why they lick, howl or tilt their head

Related to the above, dogs also use howls to show your nervousness. Thus, by mixing them with the barking they are communicating to their owner a state of anxiety because of something that puzzles them. For example, on stormy days, when they may be more scared than usual.

And one last explanation that has to do with loneliness, especially if the dog is locked up in a dark and lonely place. This is a very common behavior in those breeds used for hunting and that they do not share a home space with the rest of the family.

Dogs that ‘talk’ in their own way

So far, we have seen in depth some customs that these pets have to communicate with your environment, especially with their owners, or show your feelings in certain situations. However, there are more gestures of animal body language that dogs ‘talk’ with in their own way:

  • A dog angry at a threat. In this case, the body is leaning forward, the ears are back, the snout is tense, and it makes some grunting gestures while moving and opening its mouth, showing its teeth. Even if the anger gets worse, it will energetically lift its tail.
  • Wants pampering or caressing by its owner. So, to get their attention, what you do is give a light touch with your head or your snout on the arm of the person and, then, he will lie on the ground lifting his hind legs. It’s his way of saying ‘scratch me’.
  • A can submissive When faced with an aggressive owner, he will bow down both his head and his ears and will be fearful. In addition, it will avoid the frontal gaze with its master and emit a kind of high-pitched whine or wail.