Technology has made great advances over the years, equipping us with tools to enhance our productivity and enjoy richer social connections with family members and friends from all across the globe. The advent of the internet has marched society directly into the digital age. The gateway to the information highway, the answer to all of our most pressing questions can be answered using one sophisticated online tool: Google. This powerful search engine is used on a daily basis in most homes to help families find the solutions they seek to problems they face. Dog owners make use of Google as well. Whether they are on the hunt for answers to a specific problem or are trying to satisfy their curiosity with dog-related trivia, Google is the right tool to get the job done. Yet, Google also tracks some of the most commonly asked questions and ranks them appropriately to help dog owners find the answers they seek most readily. Inquiring minds want to know, what are the top ten most Googled dog questions today?
#1—Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?
At one time or another, your pooch has likely meandered into the backyard and chowed down on a patch of grass. Though this action seems quite bewildering to us, the answer for our dogs is relatively simple. Grass contains an enzyme that settles the digestive tract, so when Fido takes a penchant for mowing down on a pile of “greens,” he’s really trying to calm his upset tummy.
#2—Why Do Dogs Howl?
If your dog loves to howl at everything from the mailman to fireworks to the faint sound of a dog six streets over, he is not alone. Dogs love to hear themselves “sing,” a concept that leaves us scratching our heads with wonder. Though we cannot definitively say what motivates our dogs to throw back their heads and let out a delightful howl, there are a number of different conclusions we can draw about this seemingly odd canine behavior. Read more about some of the potential motivating factors behind your dog’s love of howling here.. more
#3—Why Do Dogs Chase Their Tails?
As with most dog behaviors, there are several possible explanations as to why a dog might chase their tail. An interesting phenomenon that is great fun to watch, it is most likely that your pooch chases his tail as a part of his normal “play” routine, to stave off boredom, or to provide himself with a little additional grooming.
#4—How Long Are Dogs Pregnant?
Many people wonder what the correct gestation period is for female dogs. The truth is a female dog is pregnant for a much more abbreviated time than her human counterparts. From the date of fertilization to the date of whelping is precisely 63 days. Some pregnancies may seem to result in a birth sooner than this or slightly later; however, this is due to inaccurate timing of the correct date of viable conception.. more
#5—Why Does My Dog Lick Me?
Though it possible your dog gives you a lick or two simply because he loves you, the more likely reason is that you taste delicious! Not to worry though; your dog isn’t planning to make a snack out of your face. Your skin tastes like salt, and it is its briny aftertaste that draws your dog to giving you a thorough face wash several times each day… more
#6—How Do You Stop a Dog from Barking?
If you are the proud owner of a barker, you may have Googled this question more than once in search of answers. Dogs bark for a number of different reasons. Though the most effective course of action is to remove your dog’s triggers, it can be difficult to ascertain precisely what they are. If your dog is a persistent barker, consulting a behavior modification specialist is likely the best route to go for consistent and effective results… more
#7—What Happens When a Dog Eats Chocolate?
When your pooch gets into your chocolate supply, you can’t help but worry, and for good reason! Chocolate is indeed toxic for dogs. However, toxicity levels vary according to the type of chocolate, the amount eaten, and the weight of your dog. Find out more about what to do if your dog ingests chocolate here… more
#8—How Do You Get Rid of Skunk Smell on a Dog?
If your dog has been sprayed by a skunk, a Google search on how to get rid of the stink becomes a top priority! There are many different home remedies you could try; some that are highly effective and others that mask the scent at best but don’t eliminate it. This article gives some solid advice on how to make the skunk stench disappear… more
#9—How Much Benadryl Can I Give My Dog?
Every dog owner should have a bottle of Benadryl in their dog first aid kit. Many dogs take allergic reactions to different bug bites, and others suffer with seasonal allergies. When given in the correct dosage on an occasional basis, Benadryl is an effective treatment to help alleviate the symptoms of allergies. For the correct dosage, it is best to consult your veterinarian as amounts are based on your dog’s specific weight… more
#10—Why Do Dogs Bury Bones?
If you’ve ever given your best canine pal a shiny new bone only to discover him digging a hole in your backyard to place it in, you may have wondered more than once why dogs like to bury bones. The truth is dogs generally eat to the point of satiation and do not like to push themselves further than that. This impulse is based upon instincts instilled in them from their ancestors who existed as wild dogs dependent upon their survival skills to live from day to day. In the wild, food had to be hunted. Since food was often scarce and predators would be only too willing to steal or kill for it, wild dogs quickly learned to bury any food they were not eating right away. In this fashion, the food could safely be kept for another time. The smell was buried deep within the earth, and the cool temperatures of the ground prevented spoilage.
Though your dog has no fear of where his next meal may come from, his primal instincts remain alive in him today. So, when you present your dog with a raw, meaty bone that he places beneath your prize-winning petunias, it’s not that he’s not grateful. He’s just not hungry…right now.