Why does my dog sneeze when excited?
For 10 years everytime my dog gets excited she sneezes. I never to think about it when at the vet. anyone know why?
Sneezing is a displacement behavior, something dogs do when they are stressed. Since getting excited, even if for something good is a type of stress, this is why your dog sneezes.
At one time we had three dogs and I learned to start a chain reaction of this excited sneezing. They seemed to think I had learned their language and got really happy. It then became a competition between them as they took turns sneezing even harder! So, its a positive response to good feellings they have for what is going on at the time. Its their way of laughing or celebrating!
I would use the word 'arousal' in place of 'stress' but Dubuquedogtrainer is correct. Mine always does this whenever I tell him commands and he doesn't want to do them.
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