During just about anyone's lifetime, many different friends will come and go. But it's not every friend that remains a loyal, trusty companion for nearly all of their days in existence. That's why the best friend a person can have is often a dog.
Sure, you might have a friend who will lend you money in times of need, or pick you up from the airport. But very few friends will fetch a tennis ball for you, or let you rub their belly. In those categories and others, dogs clearly have the edge over humans.
Dogs are great friends, but they can also exhibit some pretty odd behavior. They'll do things that aren't necessarily good or bad, just weird. And since you can't get inside of a dog's brain, it's hard to know what's really going on.
One thing you may have noticed your dog doing occurs when you go to the bathroom. You may be at the receptacle ready to take care of your business, when you notice you're not alone. For some reason, your dog has decided to join you inside the bathroom.
According to veterinarian Dr. Kathryn Primm, there are a few reasons why a dog follows its owner into the bathroom. One of the reasons? Some dogs simply don't want you to be out of their sight, because they feel vulnerable when you're not around. Or, in other words, they miss you.
Another reason a dog might follow you into the bathroom is out of sheer curiosity. After all, you're always going into this room, then shutting the door without letting anybody in or out. So sometimes a dog is nosy and just wants to know just what you're up to.
In addition, the dog may feel you are going into the bathroom in order to patrol the area. The bathroom is part of your home, and your dog may feel you go into that part of the home in order to inspect it. And they don't want you to do it alone.
Primm explained further, saying that, "In the wild, (dogs) hunt and forage as a group. They share and defend their territory as a group. So from your dog’s perspective, you would never want to go anywhere in that territory alone." So your dog may just be doing its job as a member of the pack (and then will sometimes end up hanging out in the sink for some reason).
Even though you may now understand why your dog follows you into the bathroom, you still might not want it to happen. If you want to give yourself some alone time, Primm suggests giving your dog a distraction. Just give your dog a toy to play with, then sneak off to the bathroom while it's still preoccupied.
However, dogs do other odd things besides just following you into the bathroom. There's plenty of other dog behavior that makes you tilt your head in confusion. But there are explanations for some of these things as well.
There's also a couple reasons why a dog might lick its owner's face. For one thing, licking is also how the dog would have communicated with its mom as a pup, so licking your face is simply repeating that behavior. But the other, less cute reason, is that they like licking people's face because they enjoy the taste of your salty skin. Yum!
Does your dog ever bring you a gift, like a bone or a slobber-covered shoe, or even a leaf? Well, it's not quite a gift, but it's still a sign of affection. A dog will bring an item to its over because it wants to share this item that brings it so much joy. (But it's still not yours to keep forever.)
And what about when a dog extends one of its paws towards you? As you might expect, they do this simply because they want to get your attention. Some may do it because they're hungry, they need a walk, or they're just looking for some scratches around the ears.
Of course, we'll never be able to fully understand exactly why our dogs do all the things they do. At least we won't until we can teach them to talk. But then again, dogs are already perfect the way they are, so having them talk might be a little too much.