1. Why Do Dog Paws Smell Like Fritos?
The smell of corn chips that you’re referring to is caused by yeast and bacteria called Proteus or Pseudomonas that permeate the nooks and crannies of your dog’s paw.
There’s nothing to worry about here as this is all normal. The only time you should worry is when you see some inflammation in the paw’s webbing and if your dog licks on it obsessively which may indicate pain and infection in which case, take your dog to the vet to have it checked out.
If it really bothers you, you can try to wash all 4 paws with soap and water but you’re unlikely to remove the smell altogether. The smell tends to be more pronounced in the morning. And who doesn’t like the smell of corn chips?
2. Why Do Dogs Drink From The Toilet?
You just saw your dog drinking toilet water and you’re like, “Ewww! Stop it!” but your dog already lapped up a lot before you could react. Take heed, this most likely happened countless times in the past without you even knowing it. For all we know, it could have happened today right before your dog greeted you with a kiss when you got home.
First off, dogs are naturally attracted to running water. They instinctively know that it’s better than stagnant water. In most cases, the water in a toilet bowl is fresher than your dog’s water bowl because it is flushed a few times a day. In fact, according to healthy.com, a toilet seat contains 295 bacteria per square inch while the inside of your dog’s bowl contains 2,110 per square inch and I don’t think there’s a dog on this planet that would only lick an inch.
Is It Safe For Dogs To Drink From The Toilet?
To avoid all this, simply close the toilet lid or the bathroom door and thoroughly clean your pet’s food and water bowl once a week with warm soapy water and rinse well.
Another reason to shut the bathroom door is to prevent your dog from grabbing a roll of toilet paper and making a big mess like what my dog just did while I was writing this article.
3. Why Does My Dog Bring Me A Toy When I Come Home?
Our’s does this all the time. There was one time I was home with our dog, Watson when my wife called. I put it on speakerphone and said, “It’s mommy!” Watson’s eyes instantly lit up then he ran to pick up his favorite toy then went to the front door fully expecting to see his mom with his tail wagging and all. Sorry Watson!
So why do dogs do this? There are a few possible theories. It could be that your dog thinks you’re the pack leader and wants to greet you with a prized possession. We should appreciate it because if they were given a choice between their favorite toy and a hundred dollar bill, they’d most likely choose their toy (don’t try this experiment). To dogs, money is just a piece of paper but old worn-out toys are precious and worthy to show their owner.
It could simply mean your dog is happy that you’re back after being away and giving or showing you his toy is a way of trying to please you and is an invitation to play. Dogs are naturally playful, after all.
It could also be a calming signal which is the language that dogs use to communicate with other dogs and humans.
4. Why Do Dogs Go Crazy After Baths?
If you’ve ever given a dog a bath then you know how it’s like. Watson would go berserk after a bath since he was a puppy. Not all dogs do this but more often than not, they go nuts.
There are many logical reasons why this happens. When they do a full-body shake, they are trying to dry themselves off while removing any water that got in its ears. They also do it to relieve themselves of pent-up stress.
That initial outburst is your dog’s way of saying “It’s finally over! I am so getting out of here!” Bathing involves a lot of manhandling which dogs are not particularly fond of. They have to release this pent up negative energy. There’s actually a term for it called FRAPS or Frantic Random Activity Periods.
Dogs in the wild do not take baths. Instead, they roll around in mud and dirt to mask their scent to enable them to hunt to their prey which they’ve done for millennia. They inherited this trait from their wolf ancestors that even roll on dead carcasses and other disgusting stuff to bring the scent back to their pack. It’s like a human version of taking pictures and showing your friends and family what you’ve been up to or where you’ve been.
If you notice your dog rolling around the house after a bath, they are simply trying to recreate the scent identity that they lost. They actually don’t mind smelling like a dog. It’s only us humans that want our dogs to smell like Lavender.
A couple of things you should know – do not use human shampoo on dogs. Doing so can alter their skin’s PH. Human shampoos are also too fragrant for a dog’s sensitive nose. Also, be extra careful when using a hairdryer to dry your pet. You may burn their skin without realizing it.