Dog Zoomies – Why Do Dogs Run In Circles?
Dogs are known to be playful creatures. They love to play, but sometimes they don’t know how to behave properly. When your dog gets excited or nervous, it’s natural that he will start running in circles. Your dog may even look like a chicken trying to fly away from a bomb!
But what exactly is going on here? What causes your dog to run in circles? Is there anything wrong with him?
Let’s take a closer look at these questions.
What Causes Dog Running In Circles?
When your dog runs in circles, he is actually doing two things: 1) He is trying to escape something dangerous and 2) He is trying to show off his excitement. A typical example would be if you were driving home late at night and you saw a car coming towards you fast. You might try to avoid the car by turning into another road, but you wouldn’t be able to because the speed limit is 50 miles per hour.
Your dog is probably feeling scared right now. If he was a human being, he would most likely panic and run away from danger. However, dogs are not humans and they have their own set of instincts which cause them to act in certain ways. One of those instincts is to run in circles.
It is important to remember that your dog is not out of control. He still wants to please you and do what you tell him, but he just doesn’t know how when he is scared. If you’re a pet parent who gets angry easily, this is the time to take a deep breath and count to 10 before you speak. Your dog is just reacting based on his instinct; scolding him will not make things better.
Another example of a dog running in circles would be when you get home after a long day of work. As soon as you enter the door, your dog will come sprinting towards you at full speed and then run in circles around you. This is also known as “dog zoomies”. Some dogs do this for fun, while others do this because they are excited to see you.
If your dog does this, it means that he loves and respects you very much. He is just expressing how grateful he is that you are his pet parent. This is the reason why it is so important to be a responsible owner. Your dog looks up to you as a role model.
If you get angry easily, he will start acting the same way. However, if you’re someone who can stay calm during stressful situations, your dog will learn to act the same way.
Another instance of dogs running in circles is when they feel threatened by something or someone. If you come across another dog while on a walk, your dog may start behaving aggressively. In order to appear bigger and more threatening, he will start running in circles. This is the only defensive tactic that dogs have, so it’s important that pet parents are aware of it.
Why Do Dogs Run In Circles After A Walk?
Have you ever seen your dog run around in circles after getting back from a walk?
If you have a large dog, it’s very likely that you have seen this behavior many times. The reason why your dog is acting like this is because he is trying to dry off his feet and legs.
Have you ever gotten out of the swimming pool and tried to dry yourself off with a towel?
If you have, then you’ll know that you always start off by lifting up one leg at a time. This is something called the “drying off process”. Your dog does exactly the same thing.
When your dog runs in circles after a walk, it means that he is trying to get as much water off of his fur as possible. The reason why your dog does this has to do with the design of a dog’s nose. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have anything that resembles an upper lip. As a result, a dog’s nose is almost always wet.
Even if it hasn’t been running through puddles, a dog’s nose usually has a damp feel to it.
While a constantly wet nose doesn’t seem like a big deal to us humans, it is a big deal to dogs. This is because a dogs’ sense of smell is much more powerful than our own. As a result, your dog’s nose needs to be as dry as possible in order for him to detect the smells that he wants to. When your dog first gets out of the water or finishes playing in the rain, he needs to run around to get all of the sweat off of his feet and legs.
This may seem strange to us humans, but it’s just another example of how dogs behave in a way that is very different than we do. This is also why your dog likes to shake after he gets out of the water. He isn’t trying to get you wet, he just wants to get himself dry!
Why Do Dogs Always Sleep In The Morning?
Have you ever wondered why you almost never see your dog awake before noon?
As funny as this might sound, it is completely normal for most dogs to sleep all morning. In fact, it is very rare to find a dog that isn’t sleeping right now. It’s actually very strange to see a dog awake before 11am.
With all of this in mind, there are a few reasons why your dog sleeps so much. The first reason is because your dog is a carnivore. While dogs are omnivores, meaning that they eat plants as well as meat, they still have the digestive system of a carnivore. What this means is that dogs evolved to eat meat, not plants.
Because of this, your dog’s body has adapted over time to process large amounts of protein. In fact, it’s because of this that dogs sleep for such long periods of time. If you’ve ever wondered why your dog sleeps so much, it’s because its mostly made up of protein.
This doesn’t mean that dogs can’t be vegetarians though. While it’s certainly true that a dog cannot survive on a vegetarian diet, many dogs adapt to vegetarian food with no problems. As long as your dog is getting enough nutrients, it can survive just fine without eating meat every day.
Protein is also why your dog needs to sleep so much. They need to sleep for long periods of time in order to build up the protein that their body needs. This means that most of the stuff that we think of as “doggy smells” is actually made up of protein.
But just because your dog sleeps all day doesn’t mean that they aren’t awake at night. Just like humans, dogs sleep in cycles. You probably know this if you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night to the sound of your parents getting home from work. While most of us are asleep in the early morning, we’re all awake late at night.
This also means that dogs can be sleepier than usual during the morning without any explanation. They most likely got up late last night and stayed up later than your family did.
Do Dogs Dream?
It’s a question that we’ve all asked ourselves at some point in our lives.
Do dogs dream?
There are many people out there who will tell you that they don’t, but that isn’t really true. Dogs do dream, they just don’t remember their dreams like humans do.
Dogs have something called an “open-loop brain” which means that their memory of the previous day is erased when they sleep at night. For this reason, your dog can’t remember anything that it did the day before. After all, it’s brain has been completely reset!
However, this isn’t to say that dogs don’t experience long term memory loss like humans do as they get older. This is because dogs actually have a closed loop brain that gradually resets itself over time. As a result, your dog may experience some memory loss as it gets older, but it will never truly forget.
In fact, there have been many tests done to see if dogs can learn how to do tricks after a long period of time. These tests have proven that dogs can remember the command for performing certain tricks even after many months have passed. This is probably due to the fact that dogs have excellent long term memory.
Do Dogs Have Emotions?
This is a topic that has been heavily debated by many animal experts and psychologists for many years now. While it’s true that most dogs do display outward signs of sadness when their owner leaves, as well as happiness when their owner returns. It is impossible to know whether or not a dog feels these emotions in the same way that a human would.
The outward display of emotions is not enough evidence to say that a dog truly feels these feelings. Just like the ability to play fetch does not prove that a dog has a sense of fun, the outward signs of sadness and happiness do not prove that a dog is actually feeling those things on an emotional level.
However, even though outward displays aren’t enough to prove anything, they are still worth talking about. Let’s look at the idea of dogs getting sad when their owner leaves. This would mean that a dog has formed an emotional attachment to it’s owner after a period of time living together. In other words, the owner has been meeting the dogs needs for love and attachment.
After all, that’s what humans really are, big softies that love unconditionally.
Many animal experts believe that dogs get happy when their owner returns because they want food. After all, that’s what most humans live to do, eat! So, when their owner returns, they get the chance to eat again. This would explain why dogs would become happy when their owner comes back.
However, this still doesn’t explain the sadness that they display when the owner leaves.
Many people believe that this is just a learned behavior. After all, the dog gets excited when it’s owner gets home everyday because it has learned that it will always lead to something good happening. In other words, the owner always comes home and gives the dog food.
However, there are many situations in which an owner doesn’t always give the dog food when they come home. For example, if the owner comes home at night, they aren’t likely to give the dog food since they haven’t eaten dinner yet themselves.
On the other hand, some people believe that dogs really do experience emotions when their owner comes home. They believe the reason why dogs don’t display this emotion at other times is because they only display it when the owner comes back after a long absence. In other words, they believe that the dog’s emotions have been built up during the time its owner was gone.
The amount of time it takes for an emotion to build up appears to differ between dogs. In other words, some dogs become happy the moment its owner comes in the door after a little time apart. Other dogs don’t display any emotion until after about a half hour. There are even extreme cases where the dog stays sad for days after its owner has returned.
Many people have tried to recreate this situation with their own dogs and found that their dog displays similar behavior. This would seem to confirm the belief that dogs do get sad when their owner leaves.
So, does this mean that a dog really does get sad when its owner leaves?
Not necessarily. There is another theory that attempts to explain why a dog would display this behavior. This theory states that the dog gets sad for a far less complex reason.
It’s important to remember that not all behaviors in dogs have an emotional cause. In fact, most can be explained using pure logic. For example, if you were to throw a ball for your dog to play with and it always went to the same location when it was thrown, chances are it would go to that same location every time.
The same idea can be applied to why dogs get happy when their owner comes home. After all, the owner has been gone for a long period of time and food hasn’t been provided in that length of time either. Of course the dog is going to get happy when it’s owner comes home! It means they will now get to eat.
Sure, it can be argued that dogs get happy long before their owner comes back with food. However, this could be explained with a similar logic. The owner has been gone for a long period of time and hasn’t provided any food yet. The owner then arrives back with food.
Of course the dog is going to be happy! It now has a chance at getting food, which it hasn’t had in a long time.
In fact, a similar situation can be observed with many animals in the wild. When a pack of wolves go out hunting, they will frequently separate to look for prey. Once one of them finds prey, they will communicate it to the others with sounds and body language. Upon hearing this, the other wolves will immediately move in for the attack.
This can be seen here with this pack of wolves hunting European Bison.
The amount of time it takes for the wolves to get happy also varies. Some are happy immediately after finding a target, while others only display joy once the kill has been made. In both cases, it is most likely due to the fact that they now have a chance at eating. It has nothing to do with the fact that their family or friends have arrived.
In fact, there are even cases where the wolves will display emotions at the death of another wolf. While this is certainly an interesting behavior, it once again can be logically explained. By displaying sadness at the death of another wolf, they are in turn displaying loyalty to that wolf. They are honoring their fallen comrade.
To not show some type of emotion would imply disloyalty.
This can be compared to humans where people will sometimes cry at the death of a friend or relative. It doesn’t necessarily mean they were close to that person. It’s just something people do when someone dies, hence why we have things like funerals and wakes.
However, this doesn’t stop skeptics from using certain cases as evidence against this belief. One of the most popular cases used is that of a dog sitting in front of an owner’s grave for days on end without eating. This is often used as proof that the dog was truly sorrowful after its owner’s death.
The reason people often give for this is because of the strong emotional bond that was shared between owner and pet. They believe that the dog was so attached to its master, that it continues to mourn long after he has died.
While the emotional bond theory certainly sounds nice and is a popular belief, there are alternative explanations which can more readily explain the situation. The main one being boredom.
If we are to believe that the dog was truly attached to its owner and that this is why it remains at the grave site, then we are also implying that the owner took good care of his dog. This means that he fed it, played with it, and spent a significant amount of time with it on a regular basis.
Now if this is the case, then why would the dog pine for its owner at his grave? Wouldn’t it be playing with other dogs, or more likely, eating his master’s food stockpile?
Of course it would. The fact that it is sitting there on the grave alone in the first place implies that it is not being provided with anything.
If you were a dog and your owner suddenly died, you would probably be hungry eventually and look for his stockpile. If he didn’t have one, or if it was impossible for you to get to, you would then look for other sources of food. If there were other humans around that you could befriend, you would try to make friends with them and get food from them.
If this wasn’t an option either, you would then resort to other means of survival, such as hunting, scavenging, etc. Basically you would do whatever you needed to in order to not die. The fact that the dog is staying at the grave implies that it is not being provided with any of these things.
Hence, we come to the conclusion that this behavior isn’t due to loyalty or an emotional bond, but rather due to boredom. The dog has nothing better to do, so it sits at its dead master’s grave out of sheer boredom.
This would also go along way into explaining why wild dogs often exhibit this behavior. Since they are wild, they have less opportunities to get food. They can’t just go into a stockpile and take what they want, nor can they just easily make friends with the other villagers. Since they don’t have these options, and aren’t smart enough to hunt or scavenge for themselves, they often resort to hanging around the graves of their dead companions.
Of course this isn’t the case in every situation. There are certainly going to be cases where dogs remain at their owner’s graves out of loyalty. The key thing to take away from this is that this isn’t always the case. Sometimes the dog is just bored and lazy.
With that said though, there are actually a few reasons why dogs often don’t display this behavior. The first being if the owner dies far away from his home, giving the dog no reason to be around the grave. The second reason is a bit more unfortunate, and that is if the dog itself dies before its owner. Since the dog is no longer around, there is once again nothing to keep the corpse from quickly rotting and making people sick, which was a much bigger problem in the past than it is now thanks to modern medicine.
With these issues swiftly taken care of, there are a couple other reasons why you might see dogs lingering at graves. One possibility is if the dog died first, and then its owner soon after. Given that the villagers now have an emotional attachment to their recently deceased pet, it would only make sense that they might return to pay their respects at the grave.
The second possibility is one that mostly only applies to Kemono Fables members. This would be the case if the owner died first, and then the dog went feral. In this situation it is entirely possible that the now feral dog still hangs around its dead owner’s home.
After all, it’s still familiar to them, so why move?
Well, now that you’re done with your pointless investigation, you might as well get back to actually doing something productive. You have to start thinking about what you’re going to do with yourself now.
You still have no idea what’s going on in the world at large and you’re still limited to these ever shrinking “safe zones”. At this point if something dangerous was coming your way, you’d have absolutely no way to know about it. You could head to one of the larger villages and try to integrate into society again. It would be less scary than staying out here alone, but there’s also the problem of them inevitably trying to get you to help with work parties.
You could head North, there aren’t really any villages that way but there’s also no major danger, at least not yet. Of course who knows if that will even last.
You could head East to the ocean. There isn’t any landmass out that way so nobody lives close by, but it’s also a very long trip and who knows what you’ll find when you get there.
You could also head west, deeper into the mountains. There are fewer humans around that way and the only town you’d have to deal with is Nocturnal Camp, a Night Shadow gathering place. It’s at the base of a huge mountain cliff, which is also where the Sun Shrine is located. It’s also the most likely place you’d be sent to if you ever got called for a work party.
Where do you want to go?
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Well, now you’re back to being completely alone and it feels good. After your experience at the last place, you’re really not interested in dealing with a ton of people just so you have a slightly lower chance of getting killed.
You’re going to have to make this journey one step at a time though, and right now that means finding a suitable place to sleep for the night.
As you wander through the forest, you come across a decent spot by a river and make camp. Just as you’re about to fall asleep, you hear the sounds of something approaching. It’s coming from multiple directions and they’re moving quietly.
Shit…you weren’t expecting company.
The last time you had unexpected company, it was that dog pack and that wasn’t exactly ideal, but at least it didn’t involve people. This is going to be a lot worse, and you’re going to have to be a lot more careful.
You stay very quiet and try to remain calm as you watch through the trees.
The group is made up of humans, or at least they used to be. Now they’re some sort of mix between humans and undead. They must be part of the Crimson Talons. They were probably sent to look for you.
There are five in all and they’re being led by a man wearing a red hood. He has to be one of the Crimson Talon leaders, but you can’t be sure if it’s Drake or Isaiah. Since both of them are supposed to be leaders, either one could be leading this search.
They pass by your position and thankfully none of them notice you since they’re all looking around with their arms out in front of them, prepared to grab you if you run.
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