t’s our natural tendency to project our human traits and emotions onto dogs—until you see your dog rolling in the mud. You just can’t explain that, but these canine experts can.
Why do they “run” in their sleep?
As you may have guessed, this usually means they’re dreaming, and fortunately, it’s not usually of any medical significance, says Gary Richter, DVM, integrative veterinarian, and veterinary health expert at Rover.com. What’s interesting is that studies revealed certain dog breeds acted out their hallmark traits while dreaming, like an English springer spaniel flushing out prey or a pointer “pointing” in its sleep.
If all that “running” during sleep seems excessive, Dr. Richter says it could point to underlying stress or a medical condition.
Why do they bark at the window?
Every day the mail carrier delivers mail, your dog barks. Does this dog behavior simply mean dogs hate mail carriers? “Barking at people outside is a protective behavior. Dogs see their house as their territory and anyone approaching or near their territory is a potential threat, so they bark to ward off the intruder,” says Dr. Richter. Adding to it, each time the mail carrier delivers mail, your dog barks and the mail carrier goes away. It creates a pattern that is reinforced over and over.
“From the dog’s perspective, they are saving the house from invasion every day by driving away the invader. We never appreciate their efforts,” says Dr. Richter.