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    Question Weird behaviours explained?

    What do you think the following behaviours might mean?

    1. When we wake up/go to sleep.. or when the dog is even a little bit excited (we come home or we are about to leave).. he walks behind us and with his paws he tries to "get" our ankles. His nose is very low so at first I thought he was trying to bite our ankles (freaked me out lol) but now I know he is just using his paws and his nose. When I wear thongs he actually manages to slide his paw into the back of my thongs! It still makes me uneasy and I walk veryyyy slow when he does it or try to get him infront. What does it mean when he does it?

    2. When Hooch wakes up and stretches he always puts one of his paws on my foot. So he stretches while his paw is ON my foot. all... the...time... lol

    I dont have much experience with dogs but I grew up with a german shepherd who has never done anything like this.

    Quick background - Hooch is a boxer x beagle who was rescued 2 weeks ago from the pound where he was in a cage for at least 2 weeks.

    .... if you have a dog with weird behaviours - would love to hear about it. It is so cute yet so curious!

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    My dog will actually try to bite my feet when I come home, so praise yourself lucky. I reckon it is just a playful, exited behaviour.

    Not sure about the stretching, but it sounds very cute.

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    Sounds pretty cute to me. Sammy does a similar sort of thing - I think he's trying to show affection. He likes to be touching. Sometimes if I have been giving him a nice pat, and then get distracted by a text message or whatever, he will put his paw on my arm and look right into my eyes. I think in our relationship the line is a bit grey. I'm the boss and what I say goes, but, he can make requests.

    Here is a picture of Sammy being a bit cheeky. Sometimes when I get out of the shower in the mornings, I find him sprawled on my bed. Now I'm a bad owner, and often do have him up on the bed for hug time, but it's strictly by invitation only. So Sammy expects to be kicked off - but he has also learned that if he can just look cute enough, he can sometimes get a hug instead.
    This was his effort the other day.

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    It proved to be successful.

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    Yep....that look requires a huge tackle back into the pillows and then cuddles, cuddles, cuddles !!!! I'm a sucker for that sort of thing...


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    LOL Sammy is sooo cute! and so big!!!
    I guess I have alot to learn but this is fun

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    I think they are just quirks he has.

    My dogs have a few quirks and we crack up at the all the time. For example, when you are patting Barney if he is sitting on the floor, he MUST have one foot up on your knee. He prefers to get his whole body up, but if he is not allowed he has to have that one foot there.

    99, LOL at bad dog owner. My OH is away right now and that means my guys sleep in the bed. Unlike you, there is no such thing as an "invitation" in our house. Our dogs are allowed on whatever furniture they want to get on unless told otherwise (e.g. they ar enot allowed on th ekids bed because she doesnt let them, so they dont even try anymore). As long as they get off when told (which they do) then we dont care where they go.

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    The second behaviour is actually called a greeting bow. It is similar to a play bow or a stretch but when they actually purposely walk towards you/face you and do it after they haven't seen you for a while (ie after sleeping or when you get home) then it is a greeting bow and it is actually something they only do to animals they deeply care about and as such it is the closest your dog can come to saying I love you. Small dogs owners - your dogs will often do this stretch on your legs ie: they put their front legs on your knees and stretch, that is their form of a greeting bow.

    The first behaviour might be something similar but he is doing it from behind you instead.... don't know. Is it a simialar stretch or is he just lifting his foot and putting it on your ankle...

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    Frosty likes to snooze on the couch with a foot or two touching me. Dogs feel a lot through their feet. I think it's her way of making sure she knows where I am or if I move.

    As for the ankle tap thing - it's probably a variation of the ankle bite thing. Eg ankles are moving so we're going to play hunt them - Frosty swats at things she's hunting or playing with, eg crickets, rolling balls etc. And sometimes the swat - makes the object jump in a fun way... so more swatting or biting. She used to (mostly past tense) try to heel runners and bicycles. Every now and again she forgets. But it's an efficient way to put prey off their stride and make them easier to catch or turn.

    Not sure how much herder there is in a boxer x beagle but there's probably a bit of hunter.

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    When my female was spayed who is normaly quite attached to us, when she came from her hospital stay, she did that when we were leaving the house. It only lasted a week or so and we assumed she was saying "dont leave me again, you might not come back"

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    What do you think the following behaviours might mean?

    1. When we wake up/go to sleep.. or when the dog is even a little bit excited (we come home or we are about to leave).. he walks behind us and with his paws he tries to "get" our ankles. His nose is very low so at first I thought he was trying to bite our ankles (freaked me out lol) but now I know he is just using his paws and his nose. When I wear thongs he actually manages to slide his paw into the back of my thongs! It still makes me uneasy and I walk veryyyy slow when he does it or try to get him infront. What does it mean when he does it?

    2. When Hooch wakes up and stretches he always puts one of his paws on my foot. So he stretches while his paw is ON my foot. all... the...time... lol

    I dont have much experience with dogs but I grew up with a german shepherd who has never done anything like this.

    Quick background - Hooch is a boxer x beagle who was rescued 2 weeks ago from the pound where he was in a cage for at least 2 weeks.

    .... if you have a dog with weird behaviours - would love to hear about it. It is so cute yet so curious!
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    Great replies!
    Keira it is like he is walking in a cross and flicking his feet to my ankles with his nose right there. Honestly he did it the first night we had him in a dark house and I just freaked out. I stayed in the bedroom and told my husband I am not going out LOL
    He is super cute and he hasn't bitten at all.. just his paw business.

    I am learning from all the info in this thread, thank you everyone!

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