Has Your Dog Been Displaying Wolf Like Behavior

I have been wondering since my dog passed away a month ago about some of the things she use to do, and why she did them. So I began to do some research to find out something about the different things she has done throughout her life. Because I have never seen any of my other dogs display that type of behavior before. And I was amazed that many of the things my dog was doing were common wolf behavior in the wild. But it is nothing to be a scared about if your dog is doing the same, because it is not vicious behavior. I tried to find out why all dogs do not display wolf like behavior seeing that they are all descendents of wolves, but could not find much to explain it other than some feel it has to do with the breed of the dog and if the dog breed is kept pure, but could not find much more than that to explain in more detail.

I will tell you what behavior my dog use to do and then tell you why the wolf does it in the wild. And see if your dog has done any of this type of behavior to.


My dog Tanya from day one did not like the fire siren at the fire station when it went off she would howl like a wolf no matter where she was. If she was outside she would sit in the corner of the yard and just howl till the fire siren stopped. It makes it a very fun summer when you live not far from three fire station, she use to get a lot of howling done in the summer time.

Wolves in the wild howl to keep their packmates together and also to tell them who is the leader , it is said that if one of their packmates got separated from the rest of the pack they could howl and know that was one of their packmates howling and be able to find them. Also wolves do bark, woof, whine, whimper, yelp, growl, snarl and moan a lot more often than they howl, but it is howling though that defines the wolf.


My dog when she would go for a poop or has it’s called the poop dance, she would after doing it kick up the grass and dirt with her back legs as if to try to cover it up. Dogs also have glands in their feet that secrete pheromones so with the backward scratches after the poop dance they have marked that spot with their scent.

In the wild wolves, dingoes and foxes do the same thing when they poop and it is the way they mark their territory in the wild.


My dog would dig holes near the foundation of my house and lay there in the summer, I found this is a way for them to cool down and lower their body temperature.

In the wild wolves will dig a trench and lay in it to keep cool in the summer, and they may also do it in the winter to retain their body heat


My dog would go around and around in circle and scratch at the bedding before lying down. She would do it in her bed and my bed as well and also outside. And she would do it every time before she would finally lie down.

In the wild wolves will walk around and around in a circle and they do it because it is a way to stamp down the grass, leaves or snow and make a soft level surface and may scratch at spots to get the rough spots out. It kind of like carving out a nest that they can lay down in.


But don’t worry if your dog has been doing some or all of this type of wolf like behavior it does not mean your dog has heard the call of the wild and will transform into a wolf over night or on a night with a full moon. No your dog is just doing the same things their ancestors have done over the years, it like carrying on a tradition of their parents or grandparents. Kind of like many of us do with holidays. Only they do it all year long.

I am so happy I did the research and found out more about my dog and the behavior she had been doing and how a dog’s behavior can sometimes mimic a wolf’s behavior.


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Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

Wow! My dogs do all of the wolf behaviors that Tanya did. Now I know what they mean! I had always wondered. Are you going to adopt another dog?

Thanks!

Voted up.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Voted useful and interesting. It is wonderful when things start to make sense. Thanks for doing the research and enlightening all of us dog owners.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jenna nice to see you,Glad to hear you found out why your dogs were doing that type of behavior. I am looking to adopt another dog but not right now.I still hurt from losing Tanya and have to wait till that passes, so i can find and get the right dog for me and my house and yard.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi aviannovice nice to see you,I always wondered why she did that type of behavior and always wondered if it was wolf like,and now i know for sure.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

Also thanks for the vote up and useful & interesting !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Jenna forgot to thank you for the vote up, so thanks for the vote up my friend !


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

My MiraBella has some of these behaviors and she is a ten pound Bichon. This is very interesting. Now I know what to look for and why my little love does these things.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Hyphenbird nice to see you,Glad to hear you found the information in this hub useful,and now you know why your dog is doing that type of behavior. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

I live with a Timber Wolf female named Tasha and she does all of those things. Unfortunately I live near two fire stations. One belongs to the county and the other to the National Park Service and she howls every time. And I know their alarm goes off 10-15 times a day. Imagine laying in bed and she jumps up and starts howling. Especially at 2-3 AM.

They also test the tornado sirens every Saturday at noon and she howls for that one to.

She is laying here in the floor right now watching the cartoon network. Which is her favorite. I can move my hand towards the remote and she will whine. If I turn it she growls.

I had another Timber Wolf Female for 14 years and both of them are wonderful pets. Tasha is much more possessive of me than the other one was. I raised Tasha on a bottle when the mother wouldn't feed her anymore. I've had her since she was 10 days old and she has been house broke since six weeks old. She will be a year old May 11th. And she is such a great friend.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi crazyhorsesghost nice to see you, It is so awesome that you have a timber wolf for a pet.And i know what you mean with the fire alarm, when any one here went off day or night my dog would howl like crazy. Do you think they think it is another wolf ? Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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crazyhorsesghost 4 years ago from East Coast , United States

I think they do think it may be another wolf. Tasha has been with me to where there are wild wolfs and she howls back to them. I have Tasha as a loan and I hope to get to keep her. I am currently doing research about pack instincts with her. She is probably the smartest animal I have ever been around. Sometimes she seems all to human.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thanks crazyhorsesghost for getting back to me and answering that question .


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

I use to own 2 wolf hybrids. They were marvelous creatures.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi cloverleaffarm nice to see you,it nice that you had two wolf hybrids I'm sure they showed a lot of this type of behavior . Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Hi Tom! I have noticed these wolf behaviors in several of the dogs I have had during the years, but none of them was howling though:) The procedure before bed time is so typical and some of my dogs could make a real mess of their bed before they settled down! This is very interesting hub and you have done a great job writing it! Voted up, up, interesting and shared! I hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend!

Tina


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Tina nice to see you,Yes my Tanya was a howler and she seamed to enjoy doing it as well.I just thought i would find out why she was doing this behavior and make a hub of my findings.Glad to hear you found this hub interesting,and thanks for the share.Thanks so much for your nice comments and vote up and to for stopping by.

I hope you as well have a wonderful weekend ! Hugs !


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ericsomething 4 years ago from Charleston, SC and Riverside, CA

Interesting stuff, kashmir56. My old buddy of 15 years, Hoodoo, exhibited all of these wild traits at some time. No worries; I suspected she was half coyote anyway. I did see her pick a squirrel off the trunk of a tree quite easily one day, and my then-girlfriend swore she "wouldn't look at Hoodoo the same way again."

Wolves are great. Known a few, and they're probably the best. Dogs. Ever.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

lol Poop dance. My Boston Terrier does the scratching after marking his territory along the chain link fence to let the terrier next door know who is boss. The terrier isn't convinced but he tries anyway.

I had a basset hound that would howl when sirens came around, I thought maybe it hurt her ears. She would also sometimes howl at the moon.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ericsomething nice to see you, glad you found this hub interesting. It is always nice to know why our pets do what they do. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Pamela nice to see you,glad you liked the poop dance. I think most dogs do mark their territory and by doing the poop dance it makes it fun. The howling at the sirens i thought to that it hurt my dogs ears but in a comment by crazyhorsesghost to a question that i ask he said that he had a wolf as a pet and it would howl at the sirens as well and he thinks it is because they may think it is another wolf.Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !

Have a nice weekend my friend !


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

A very interesting topic. Most of my dogs have done the 'poop dance' German shepherds and the Blue Heeler both dug holes, the Rhodesian Ridgeback would lay in someone elses hole but not dig them Lol. He used to drag things to hide behind the curtains, shoes, sweeping brushes, whatever was around Lol, would love to know why he did that. Only had one howler and that was an Irish Wolfhound, he would howl whenever he heard another dog or when it rained. We went out one day and left him in the garden when it started to rain... he jumped clean through the window to get indoors, didn't hurt himself but what a mess cleaning all the glass up.

The dog in my avatar hardly ever made a sound, occasional playful yap, or whine as she yawned but that was it, never heard her bark let alone howl.

Great hub and voting a well deserved up


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thanks for this interesting hub, Tom. I recognize the behaviours that you describe in the dogs that are part of my family! The only thing that they don't do is howl at a fire siren, but one of my previous dogs would howl at this sound. I don't live very far far from a fire station, but luckily it isn't very active. I love the "poop dance" expression! I hope you have a great weekend, Tom.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rosemay nice to see you, glad you have enjoyed reading this hub and i think most dogs do the poop dance.It is so nice when we can learn why our dogs do what they do. Glad to hear your dog did not get hurt when going through the window, and now you have a nice quiet big dog. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments and your vote up !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Alicia nice to see you,glad to hear you found this hub interesting.My dog would not only howl but really enjoyed it when she was howling . glad you liked the "poop dance" expression ! Thanks so much my friend for stopping by and to for your nice comments ! Wishing you a awesome weekend my friend !


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Tom,

I am sorry about the loss of your dear Tanya. I do believe you will know when the timing is right for the perfect dog for you. That will surely never take away the special memories you have of your Tanya.

This hub was so interesting. We love Labs. Our Alvin was a howler, oh wow! Both he and Aunt Baby are quite the "dancers" and did/ do the other behaviors you described. And, also as you wrote, both dogs were/ are so gentle in their manner.

Well penned. Voted UP & UABI. Have a great weekend, mar.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend marcoujor nice to see you,Thank you for your kind words,my Tanya was a very special dog and i would never find such a great dog like her again, but i at so point will get another dog,and who knows he or she may be a great dog as well. Glad you found this hub interesting and found out why your dogs have been doing this type of behavior. Thanks so much for the vote up and more and to for your nice comments and as well for stopping by ! Hope you enjoy a very awesome weekend !


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada

Kashmir, this was delightful. I did not know that dogs did the "poop dance," as you call it. That's hilarious and sounds very much the behaviour my cat does to cover up her poop. She not only covers but then scratches for about a minute to make sure.

It's neat to hear how close dogs are to wolves. I learned today! And also, by the way, the hub looks wonderful, too! Voted all the ups. Take care!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess nice to see you,so glad to hear you enjoy this hub and also the poop dance . I am glad to hear you have learned from the information in this hub, because so did i learn a few things to.Thanks for your opinion on my use of the dividers on this page i appreciate it.Thanks so much for your nice comments and your vote up and more as well for stopping by !

Have a great week my friend !


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toknowinfo 4 years ago

Hi Tom, This is a really great hub. You got me thinking about the many dogs I have had and the various traits they displayed. Of course all dogs originated from the wolf,and it would make sense they have traits similar to their ancestors. I think some dogs do things similar to the wolf because it is just in their personality. I had a dog growing up, Snooky, that would howl when the sirens went by. He would chase bicycles, and he would fake limp when he wanted attention. I always just chalked it up to his personality. I had another dog, Clyde, who would throw his tennis ball in the bathtub when I was giving my kids a bath and then procede to breathe underwater to get the ball. I think he wanted to get in the tub and play with them but he knew he wasn't allowed so he thought of the next best thing. If you hid something in your hand and asked him to guess which hand, he always picked the wrong hand. He knew which hand, but he was a dog with a sense of humor. That was his personality. My newest puppy likes to dig holes in the backyard. One of the reasons they dig is because it is entertainment for them. I am just getting to know my new dog's personality and it makes things interesting. Tanya was a special dog, with a wonderful personality all her own. I am glad you are starting to heal and remembering her for her uniqueness and special pet she was. Voted up all the way!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you,it is so nice to know why our dogs have been doing this type of behavior,that is why i did the research to find out why, And then i thought it would make a great hub as well.

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Very interesting, kashmire56, my current dog, a Jack Russell has done all of these, except for the digging in the ground thing. But our Chow dog did all of these and did dig in the ground to keep cool in the summer. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Faith Reaper nice to see you, glad to hear you had dogs that displayed this type of behavior as well. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I am so sorry, Tom, to hear about the passing of your beloved Tanya. Oh the poop dance; and walking in circles before he lays down – I recognize this! It’s odd because we have one dog (and endearing mutt of many breeds), and one cat - a Calico - and the cat displays this same behavior. This was such an enjoyable hub; thank you. :-)


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quicksand 4 years ago

Hi Tom, it's good to explore the characteristics of our four legged friends. Voted up, and interesting too! Keep on writing more interesting stuff. Cheers!


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festersporling1 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub. I can even see some of these wolf like traits in my Rottweiler. I am a huge dog lover.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Genna nice to see you,so glad to hear you enjoy reading this hub . It is always nice when we can find the information we need to explain why our pets have been displaying this type of behavior .Thank you for your very kind words about my beautiful Tanya . Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi quicksand nice to see you my friend,so good to hear you found the information within this hub interesting . And thank you for the vote up and interesting, thanks so much for stopping by and to for your always nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi festersporling1 nice to see you,glad to hear you enjoyed this hub and found some of that type of behavior in you dog as well .Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Victoria Stephens 4 years ago from London

HI kashmir56,

Some great facts about dogs here, I have often wondered why they howl the way they do. Great use of pictures as well. Voted up and interesting.

Kind regards.xxx


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Victoria nice to see you,glad to hear you found this hub interesting . I had always wondered why my dog had done that type of behavior and thought it would made a good hub. Thanks for the vote up and interesting ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !

Take care my friend !


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Rusti Mccollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

I'm not a dog person, I'm a cat person.I did though raise dogs.My last one was Alaskan malamute.I learned alot about why SHE did some of the things you express.I love the poop dance!!!She did that too lol


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Rusti nice to see you,glad to hear you found this information in this hub useful and you found out why your dog did this type of behavior, i to learned a lot when doing the research for this hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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krsharp05 4 years ago from 18th and Vine

Absolutely hysterical! I can just see her in her little dugout! Nice job!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi krsharp05 nice to see you, glad to hear you had a good time reading this hub. I had just been curious on why my dog had been doing that type of behavior and when i found out why i thought it would make a good hub . Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub. Dogs, and wolves are very interesting subjects to learn about. GBY.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi stars nice to see you,so glad that you have enjoyed reading this hub and found it a interesting subject. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Very interesting share and they behave alike because they belong to same class of mammels like fox , wolf etc


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi girishpuri nice to see you, yes you are right, but not all dogs do display this type of behavior. And that is why i wrote this hub to see if all the thing my dog was doing were wolf like behavior .Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great info and it does all make sense once you think about them. Even my cat before she got so old and never gets hot would find a cool place to sprawl out.

Very attractive hub. Hit all your buttons.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Jackie nice to see you, Yes i to thought that my dog was displaying this type of behavior but wanted to make sure that she was so i could write this hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments and Hitting all your buttons.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

This is very interesting.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Angela nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub interesting. I just need to know if her behavior was wolf like or not and than thought it would make a great hub. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Briar-Rose 4 years ago from Niagara Ontario Canada

I'm glad you posted this! I have a dog that has wolf mixed in with the husky. She is gorgeous, and the most well behaved dog I have ever been around. A lot of what you said your dog did, she does.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Briar-Rose nice to see you, glad you enjoyed reading this hub and found out why your beautiful dog was doing some of these things wolves do in the wild.Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up, useful, and interesting Kashmir56. I haven't owned a dog in many years, but I can appreciate the article and facts presented. Very interesting read. Hope you enjoy the holiday. Take care.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thelyricwriter my friend nice to see you,Thanks for the vote up and more. So glad to hear you found this hub interesting and enjoyed reading it ! Thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

My son has a German Shepherd.. he is an awesome dog. I will post this on his wall on Facebook,,

are you on Facebook?

I am Deborah Brooks Langford


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Deborah nice to see you,German Shepherd are very beautiful dogs and very loyal as well.Thanks for posting it on Facebook,yes i am on Facebook my link is on my HubPage profile.So nice to meet you i will follow here on HubPages. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

I really enjoyed this article Kashir, as I did your other animal articles - yes, they certainly all once were wolves - I think we discourage those natural instincts, such as the digging for a cool spot in which to lie, and the kicking up turf after doing their business - most of us just don't want holes in our yards, though my daughters yard has a series of 'cooling off' holes that all her dogs use - I remember when I was young and all the neighborhood dogs ran loose, they would all kick up turf on their stools - now we tend to walk dogs and rush them forward before they can do what they would do naturally - I have had some experience adopting strays, who all exhibit the kicking up turf trait - and oh, the howling - if one of your dogs does it, soon they all will - nothing more beautiful than the howl of a wolf - howling dogs, not quite so appealing - great article Kashmir - B.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi billips nice to see you,so glad to hear you have enjoyed reading this hub.I know some dogs may do one or two of these thing but my dog had done them all, but i must say i did enjoy her howling and so did she. Thanks so much for your nice comments and to for stopping by.


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jenb0128 4 years ago from Michigan

Very interesting! I don't have a dog myself (darn allergic husband), but I've spent plenty of time with friends' and relatives' dogs. I'll definitely see them in a new light the next time I visit them. :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jen nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub interesting. Maybe next time you see your friends dogs you may spot some of this type of behavior in them . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Interesting and great hub!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi M. nice to see you, so glad to hear you found this hub interesting and great. Hope you enjoyed reading this and left knowing more about dogs and wolf behavior. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tonymead60 4 years ago from Yorkshire

HI Kash,

wow you've raised some interest here, I thought the comments were going on forever! Well done, it's great to get a lot of interest.

I think all species of dogs revert back to type at times. My two dogs certainly do, they have a real pack instinct, which perhaps people don't see with one dog. They have a definate pecking order when it comes to sleeping in the best place and whose bone it is.

I've always had a dog around the house since I was a kid, and when we have lost our pet, then the house seems empty.

voted up and the buttons.

cheers

Tony


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Tony my friend, glad you enjoyed this hub . I think dog at times display this type of behavior but my dog had done it all the time and boy did love to howl . and yes your right without dogs in the house it seems empty. Thanks so much for the voted up and the buttons, also thanks so much for the nice comments and to for stopping by !


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Sorry to hear you lost your dog. Hope your doing alright. I found this information so intriguing. My dogs do many of these behaviors. Spinning before pooping, primping the blanket before they lay down, etc... Fascinating! thanks for sharing your research.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin nice to see you, I'm glad you found out why your dog did some of this type of behavior. It is one of the reasons i researched this to see why my dog was doing these thing. Glad to hear you found this information intriguing ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Minnetonka Twin, yes i doing well, i do miss my dog a lot but i did everything i could for her,she was just to old. I wrote a hub about her. Escape to the Other Side, if you have time please read it. OK take care my friend !


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Harley - A German Shepherd mix we adopted, did most of these things. The howling we found amusing and made us laugh whenever he did it. I didn't want to accept another dog when my husband agreed to take him in. Someone had dropped him off at the gas station and the owner talked my husband into adopting him. I wasn't happy at the time, but he won my heart over when three dogs jumped my old German Shepherd, Maddie, who was too old to defend herself and he jumped over the top of her body into their midst with teeth snapping to defend her. The other dogs backed away from Harley "the alpha dog" and I was able to escort Maddie back home safely while he kept the other dogs at bay. Love this hub - And sharing it now!


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

My dog Sookie, who is just a little Chinese Crested, does many of those behaviors as well! She makes a bark/howl like noise when she sees or hears something near our house or when she is playing. She also kicks back her little hind legs after she poops, though she kicks on the cement not in the dirt so she's not really burying anything (she probably thinks she is, though)! I've actually wondered for a while whether most dogs did this after they did 'number 2' and what it meant.

Thanks for explaining these mysterious doggie behaviors. Voted up!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Cathleena nice to see you, glad to hear that Harley won your heart and than helped out your older dog later on . And glad you found this information helpful and now know why your dogs did this type of behavior . Thanks for the sharing ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi jennzie nice to see you, Glad i could help clear up this mysterious dog behavior that Sookie was doing . I enjoyed learning this information and thought it would nice to share it with everyone . Thanks for the vote up ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

I love it...now I know I am not the only one who calls it the poop dance. Thank you for a fascinating article...voted up!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Kaili Bisson nice to see you, glad to hear you found this hub fascinating, and it is nice to know you to call it the poop dance. Thanks for the vote up ! Also thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


KatrineDM 4 years ago

Well, I have never had a dog, so all this is new to me, I have never thought there was such thing as wolf-like behavior in dogs. Very interesting reading.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KatrineDM nice to see you, glad to hear you found this information interesting . Hope now you understand that dogs can sometimes have some behavior like wolves and if you see it in your friends dogs you could tell them why their dog is doing that type of behavior .

Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Because dogs are related to wolfs i think it is only natural that you will see those related behaviors. Voted up.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi dwachira nice to see you, yes you are right but not all of this type of behavior show up in every dog. Thanks so much for your vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Very interesting hub, my dog is more like the boss, he herds us to bed and wakes us up in the morning, and he is still only a puppy. :)


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi tobusiness nice to see you, so nice to hear you have a very smart dog and still just a puppy, awesome ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Amazing read..though i never had a dog after Brownie died..he doesnt displayed wolf behavior though. never gotten one after that..


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi my friend M. nice to see you, So far i have had the pleasure to have had six dogs in my life. Some have displayed this type of behavior and some did not. I could not find why some dogs display all these types of behavior and some only show a few, and some dogs show none of this type of behavior at all . I am glad that you found this a amazing read ! Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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tobint44 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great Hub! I know that my Shepherd mix definitely has wolf tendencies. I have always been fascinated by the wolf and have even thought about getting a wolf dog, but my wife was concerned about the relationship to children. Excellent content and voted up!

Tyler


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi tobint44 nice to see you, Glad to hear you have been fascinated by the wolf and your Shepherd mix had wolf tendencies. Nice to know you enjoyed reading this hub and found this information useful. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Our dog shows no wolf tendencies. When he hears the wolves howl across the road he hides behind our legs. I think he shows more chicken tendencies. Enjoyed your hub. Voted uP!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you, maybe your dog is just a puppy and may be a little scared. Thanks so much for the Vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Awesome! What a great Hub. I learned a lot from you today and I enjoyed it too. Thank you!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi James nice to see you, glad to hear you enjoyed reading this hub and that you learn that a dog can mimic a wolf in it's behavior. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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frogyfish 4 years ago from Central United States of America

Interesting hub, and delightful information given. Now I can tell my granddaughter why her Popcorn (I call him Dickens, because he is.) always digs and kicks his back feet after a poop, getting dusty or muddy whichever it may be. And I certainly did not know dogs had glands in their feet...maybe that is partly why some don't like their nails trimmed. Thanks for sharing your research with all us dog lovers!


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi frogyfish nice to see you, nice to hear you found some of this information useful to you and can share it with your granddaughter. Glad to hear you also found it interesting has well. I don't know but my Tanya hated her nails trim and would growl at you if you tried . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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ethel smith 3 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Interesting Tom. es my dogs all do some of those things and I never realised why :)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Ethel my friend nice to see you, well it nice that you read this hub and found out like i did why our dogs were displaying the type of behavior they were. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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AudreyHowitt 3 years ago from California

Aww your dog reminds me of my dog! She too, howls and nests and scratches the dirt after defecation--very interesting hub Tom!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Audrey nice to see you, now you know why your dog has been doing that type of behavior . Nice to hear you found it interesting ! :D Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cool2s 3 years ago from Kewaskum, WI

I have heard about dogs like that. they are amazing, or so I have heard they are. you know you can get the specific wolf dog breed!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi cool2s nice to see you, any dog can have some or all of the wolf like behaviors, they don't have to be a special dog or breed . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting insights about the wolf-like behavior, when you think about it dogs used to be wild before man tamed them to become a man's best friend so dogs will always have a resemblance of other dogs in the wild.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi DDE nice to see you, yes dogs will do wolf like behavior but not all dogs will display all these wolf behaviors like my dog did. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

Very interesting hub! I will look out for these traits when we finally get a dog:)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Insightful Tiger nice to see you, nice to hear you found this article interesting . And enjoy your dog when you get one . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Maybe it is all in the genes, kashmir.

Enjoyable read. Voted up and shared.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

I have seen that poop dance. Very interesting read.


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Kbdare 3 years ago from Western US.

This is a very interesting Hub! My dogs participate in a lot of these behaviors. However, they are both very small dogs and so I find it funny that they would display behaviors of a much larger animal! Thanks so much for sharing!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi rajan jolly nice to see you, yep you might be right. Nice to hear you enjoyed reading the article . Thanks so much for your vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi truthfornow nice to see you, yes the poop dance is very popular with some dogs, nice to hear you found this article interesting . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Kbdare nice to see you, your dogs display this behavior because they are to descendants of wolves no matter in they are small or big, all dogs are descendants of wolves. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

How interesting. It explains a lot about my dogs.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi KoffeeKlatch Gals my friend nice to see you, yes it explained a lot about my dogs too, glad you found this information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago

Kashmir, my late Chow-Pei, Genghis, did all those things except howl when a siren went off. He may have tried to do that when he was a puppy, but if he did, his "daddy" trained him not to do it. Big as he was (95 lbs.), he was a house dog because of coyotes running loose in the woods by the river. All my dad's and uncle's hunting dogs howled -- at sirens, at other dogs howling, at the moon, you name it. Hunting dogs howl! Enjoyed your hub. Voted up++

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