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Things Dogs Just Don’t Understand
January 15, 2018

Does your dog sometimes give you that adorable head tilt when you ask him a question? Fido is very expressive, and often seems to be requesting clarification about things. Of course, while our canine pals are extremely intelligent, they can also get quite perplexed at times. Read on as a Portland, OR vet lists some things that confuse dogs.

Glass Doors

While many of our four-legged pals do eventually figure glass doors out, some pooches are quite confused by them! If Fido runs headfirst into glass doors a few times as a puppy, he may become wary, and may hesitate or even stay outside rather than risk another collision.


Vacuums are definitely handy tools in the fights against both fleas and doggy smells, but your pet may not see it that way. As far as your four-legged friend is concerned, the vacuum is a scary machine that is trying to eat his home!

Table Manners

Fido can learn petiquette, but, left to his own devices, he won’t bother very much with it. Your pooch won’t understand why you don’t want him gnawing on that chicken bone he found at the park, or digging leftovers out of the trash. (Tip: consider teaching your furry buddy to Leave It . This is a good way to keep him from picking up random items.)


Our feline friends definitely march to the beat of their own drum. As far as Fido is concerned, kitties really don’t make much sense. They use litterboxes, don’t like car rides, and enjoy cleaning themselves! (To be fair, we aren’t sure anyone will ever completely figure cats out.)


Our canine buddies are very affectionate, and often like to cuddle with their owners. However, hugs don’t really translate into doggy language. In fact, they can be considered a sign of dominance. While dogs may not mind hugs from their owners, they don’t always care to be hugged by strangers.

The Concept Of Safety

Dogs are very intelligent, but they don’t necessarily know what is and isn’t safe for him to eat, chase, play with, or walk on. Always put your pet’s safety first and foremost! Training, petproofing, and secure fencing are just a few key facets of doggy safety. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Portland, OR vet clinic, today!

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