7 Most Common Reasons Why Your Dog Is Acting Weird

7 Most Common Reasons Why Your Dog Is Acting Weird

Author WDF Staff


There could be some situations where you will, as a dog owner, be concerned about your dog's behavior because you may not know what it means and why your dog is behaving a certain way. If you didn't have any problem with your dog, and all of a sudden, he started to act weird, you might be concerned.

Below we will list all the important things that could cause your dog to start acting weird, and although some of them are not dangerous, for the majority of reasons, your dog will need your help and attention. Let's check them out.

1. Boredom

Boredom is the first and most obvious reason your dog might start acting weird. Many dogs are under stimulated and don't receive proper mental and physical daily exercise. If your dog is one of them and he started to act weird, this may be the reason.

Solving this problem is pretty easy. You will have to devote more time to your dog and provide him with enough daily activities. That way, you can prevent boredom and weird acting.

2. Stress or anxiety

In the modern world, most dogs suffer from stress or anxiety. If your dog is one of them, you will have to find a way to help him. Usually, these problems will be accompanied by different dog behaviors, including

  • Barking
  • Chewing
  • Howling
  • Whining

Dogs will usually be under stress when you change their usual routine. Did you recently move to a new place? Did you bring home some new pets? These could all be why your dog is under stress or anxiety.

If you are unsure how to solve this problem, you can ask your vet for help. Also, you can give your dog some calming treats that could help with stress and anxiety.

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3. Injury

All dog owners know that accidents and injuries will happen when they own a dog. There is nothing strange in that. If your dog suddenly starts to act weird, maybe your dog is injured or hurt. You should look for other symptoms that could indicate pain or injury for your dog.

Make sure to be careful when you check your dog since if you are not careful, you can create more pain for your dog. When your dog is injured, he will often refuse food and water, and he may seem distanced from people.

4. Hormones

Like humans, dogs can experience hormone changes. This usually happens in females when they go into a heat cycle or even if your dog is pregnant. Weird behavior that is caused by hormone changes is temporary, and you can be sure that it will disappear when the heat cycle is over. You can sterilize your female dog to ensure that your dog doesn't go through behavior changes because of hormones.


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5. Fear

Did your dog experience some frightening situation lately? If so, your dog could be acting weird because of the fear. All dogs are different, and they will react differently to the same thing. While for some dogs, some situations could be funny, for others, they can be frightening.

If your dog suddenly starts to act weird and he experienced some frightening situation, fear is the main reason. In this case, you will have to help your dog to be more relaxed and to forget about the bad experience.

Medication will be required for some dogs, but most dogs will be perfectly fine with proper training. Call your vet and ask for help if you are not sure how to help your dog.


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6. Diet problems

In some cases, diet could cause your dog to act weird. If your dog seems lazy and lack energy, maybe he doesn't receive proper nutrients from his diet. Depending on your dog's size, exercise levels, etc., you will have to find a dog food that will suit him the best.

7. Allergies

Allergies can cause health problems for your dog that will cause him to start acting weird. If you start to notice constant itching, biting, chewing, or similar behavior from your dog, allergies may be the reason. Allergies will cause a lot of discomfort for the dog, and he will not know what to do but act weird.

To help your dog with allergies, you must ask your vet for help. This problem will need medical attention.

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What can I do if my dog starts to act weird?

If your dog starts to act weird out of the blue, firstly, you will have to find the main reason why this is happening. You can now address the problem when you discover the reason that is bothering your dog. All mentioned reasons could be solved, but they will require your time and dedication. There is an easy solution for some, while for others, you must put in the extra effort.

For every problem, you can call your vet and ask for help. Since they have much more experience and know your dog's medical history, it will be much easier for them to recommend what you can do to help your dog.

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