Learn to recognize your dog's needs
There are behaviors and signals you need to pay attention to to find out exactly what your dog needs from you.
Dog owners know that dogs can almost always eat, especially if you eat too. You will often notice your pet looking at you with his puppy dog eyes and begging you to give him something too. However, there is a difference between such prayers for food and actual hunger. If your dog throws a toy in front of you, it actually means he wants to eat, not play. The next time your dog comes up to you with a toy in his mouth and throws it at you, give him food.
Digging is one of the common behaviors of dogs and it is a natural form of exercise and a way to expend energy. But there are also hidden signs behind digging, which can sometimes indicate that your dog is scared. If you catch a dog digging during a thunderstorm or similar weather, it may mean that he is anxious. Sometimes dogs dig if they are afraid of dangerous dogs in the neighborhood or some other potential threat.
A dog chewing shoes is a familiar sight, but it can be a sign of anxiety, boredom and stress. If your dog is under six months old, it could mean that they are teething and trying to relieve the pain. In other situations, shoe chewing can mean that your pet is lacking nutrients.
Health problems and anxiety
Dogs lick people for many reasons, and in some situations licking can be an indication of anxiety or compulsive behavior. You may also notice that your dog licks his leg frequently. It could be a sign that his paws are itchy due to an allergy. If the dog licks constantly, visit a veterinarian.
There are obvious signs that your dog is dehydrated, such as dry eyes and heavy panting, but there are some other signs to look out for. If your dog is lethargic, unwilling to eat, has a dry nose and dry gums, this can also be a sign of dehydration.