Dog Training

Why Is My Dog Acting Weird?

Dogs are a great company to keep, and many people go for these canines for their loyalty and the love and comfort they offer to their owners.

Other than emotional benefits, dogs provide protection and are great guards. There is no denying the benefits of keeping dogs, but like a machine that sometimes abruptly stops working, living beings too, and exhibits problems.

The owner has to be extremely observant and careful with their pet’s natural patterns and habits to get along with them and have a good time.

Dogs usually are pleasant fellows but can exhibit periods marked by strange behaviors occasionally. Many people fail to understand the underlying issue and punish their dogs or show aggressive behavior towards them, which is inhumane.

Given below is the list of symptoms and reasons as to why your dog might be acting weirdly along with the suggestions to deal with such issues:

Why Is My Dog Acting Weird?


If your pet dog starts showing the following symptoms, you should not neglect it.

1. LesserFood Consumption:

One primary symptom indicating the serious underlying issue about your dog can be a loss of appetite.

If your dog does not get excited at the sight of food or lurks around the kitchen anymore, this only means that he may need medical attention.

2. Lack of excitement while going for walks:

Being a dog owner, you must be familiar with their love for walks and hangouts. However, if your pet dog showing hesitation to go out all of a sudden is not a regular thing, then you should acknowledge it immediately.

3. Lethargic behavior:

Lethargy is not something that goes along well with dogs. So if your dog is lazy, there must be something bothering him.

Usually, the reasons for dogs being lethargic include infections, metabolic problems, physical pain, or breathing issues, all of which are serious health issues and call for immediate medical attention.

4. Grumpiness:

If your doghas been acting aggressively or growl or bark at you whenever you go near them for a pat or a hug, it might be due to some health-related severe issue.

They might be suffering from some minor injury or some other physical pain. However, this can be due to behavioral changes, as well.

Problems associated with the symptoms as mentioned above:

Suppose your dog is frequently exhibiting even one of the problems mentioned above. In that case, you should take it to a veterinarian because such symptoms only signal towards the serious health-related issues given below:

Digestive Problems:

If your dog has stopped eating altogether or consumes a minimal amount of his otherwise favorite food, it only means that he might be having digestive issues.

It can be diarrhea if he vomits right after eating, but if he vomits frequently and there is blood in his vomit, it may be due to internal injury or ulcer.

Kidney or Liver Problems:

If your dog is drinking excessive amounts of water and urinating frequently, it indicates kidney or liver problems and even diabetes.

However, little to no water consumption by the pet is equally concerning, which signals dehydration and learning about it.

You can perform a dehydration test; where you pick up the skin from your dog’s neck, if it does not go back to normal state immediately, instead stays up the same for some time, it means your pet is dehydrated.

Water is essential for the well being of all living things, whether they are humans or animals, and dogs not consuming sufficient water is a threat to their physical well being.


If your dog shows the difficulty in moving or usually stays in one position, it can be due to arthritis. In aging dogs, bodily stiffening usually means arthritis, which is an inflammation of joints and makes the bones rub together whenever the animal moves.

Behavioural Issues:

Other than serious illnesses, your dog might be having some behavioral issues such as chewing, biting, pulling on the leash, not coming when being called, aggression and separation anxiety or barking in the presence of other animals, and so on.

These problems do not indicate any serious health issues. They can be solved relatively easily by training the pup yourself, spending more time with them, understanding their patterns, or consulting a behavioral therapist.

Your Role:

No one can understand the behavior of a pet better than their owners. If your dog has been acting weird for a long time and you feel that something serious might be wrong with it, then better take it to a veterinarian nearby or book an appointment.

However, if the symptoms indicate only behavioral issues, therapy or reward-based treatment might be helpful.

Making your pet greet and play with other animals will make them more tolerable in the presence of other animals and may reduce their grumpiness.

Animals cannot communicate with us or share their problems, but use different behavioral patterns to signal whatever has been troubling them.

Dog owners usually learn some of these behaviors soon after adopting a dog, but completely understanding those takes a long time and experience.

You can slowly train your dog in a certain way by offering it its favorite food. Your pup will become not only accustomed to its new routine but will enjoy the drill as well.

Here are a few tips you can use to take better care of your dog:

  • Always keep freshwater beside them.
  • Keep them in a safe and protected environment, especially when they are having anxiety episodes.
  • Feed them quality food in optimal quantities, so they gain sufficient energy and do not become obese.
  • Take them for a walk regularly; this way, they’ll become habitual of exercise, and physical issues won’t fester.
  • Having regular appointments booked with your nearby veterinarian. This rules out the possibility of any fatal disease.
  • Build a strong bond with your dog and train them in a way that they become accustomed to your routine.
Key Takeaway
Dogs are a wonderful creature and make our life beautiful by being a part of it. Spending time with them and getting acquainted with their behaviors proves to be helpful in multiple ways.

Johni Barresto

Johni Barresto Is a father and animal lover. With a range of expertise in animal health, he decided to start Animal Heed. His passion is to share his knowledge to help animal owners worldwide. When not in front of his computer, he's out with his kids, teaching them the importance of animal care.

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