You are sitting on the couch watching TV, or at the table eating lunch, and you get that feeling that someone (or something) is watching you. Paranoia? Hardly. You probably live with a dog 😁.
You know the look. The intense stare. It feels like your dog is looking into your soul. What does it mean? In general, it means the dog wants something from you, most likely in the form of a tasty treat or snack. In some cases the dog may want attention or a belly rub. If you have a daily routine, like a nightly walk at 6pm every evening, the stare could be a reminder.
In most cases, the stare is a good, positive thing. Your pup is looking for a way to interact with you. He is saying something like pet me, treat me, play fetch with me, or take me for a walk. It could also mean your dog is awaiting some direction from you. He may be confused or not understand what you want hm to do, or may be looking for you to give him a command like sit or stay. Most animal trainers like and encourage the stare and the focus it creates. The dog is awaiting a signal, or looking for a cue as to what you want next.
It should be mentioned though that this all relates to a dog you know well, like your own pet. In some cases, if you were to stare back, an unfamiliar dog may interpret a direct stare as aggressive behavior. Prior to engaging with an unknown dog, pay attention to its body language and other clues (are the hackles up? what are the ears or tail telling you?) to avoid a harmful situation.
The other strange thing dogs do that we will cover today is the "reverse sneeze". What is a reverse sneeze? A reverse sneeze in dogs is fairly common. While the exact cause may be unknown, it is thought to be a reflex to some type of sinus irritant, or from over stimulation. A reverse sneeze usually begins with the dog doing rapid forceful inhalations, while making a snorting sound. It may look disconcerting, and can be distressing to the dog, it is generally not harmful, and is over fairly quickly.
There is no need to panic during an occasional reverse sneeze episode. If the reverse sneeze becomes a common occurrence, a visit to the vet to find a cause is recommended.
If you want to help your pet out during a reverse sneeze episode, lightly blowing in his face, massaging his throat, sides, or back, or holding closed his nostrils can help shorten the bout.
As with any other issue that may concern you, seem excessive, or completely abnormal for your pet, make an appointment to see your vet. You know your pet better than anyone, and you are their first line of defense for living a healthy life.
We hope you found this information useful! Thank you!