Dogs cover their faces with their paws for a variety of reasons.
They could be covering up from a cold or hot environment, or they may want to hide something in their mouth while they eat, or maybe they’re showing submission.
If you’ve ever seen your dog do this, you know how strange it can look on them and how much fun it is to watch them go about it!
There are several different reasons why dogs cover their faces with their paws, but there’s one that stands out above all others as being the most common reason — and it’s the one we’ll focus on right here.
The name given to this phenomenon is “dog-eater” or “dog-face.”
The term was originally coined by people who lived in rural areas and believed that if a dog covered its face, then it must have eaten some sort of human or animal.
This myth was once very popular throughout Europe, especially during the Middle Ages.
Even today, many people still believe that if a dog covers its face, it must have eaten someone.
There’s no evidence that this is true at all, though.
In fact, there’s nothing wrong with eating dog meat, so long as you don’t eat any other type of food or drink that has been contaminated with it.
It’s also important to remember that not all dogs will show signs of submission when faced with an aggressive person.
Some dogs will actually fight back.
That said, it’s definitely good to keep in mind that dogs cover their mouths when they’re afraid or intimidated.
A Brief History of Dogs
Dogs have been around since the beginning of time.
The earliest known domesticated dogs are thought to be wolves that were bred by humans over thousands of years.
The first written record of dogs comes from China and dates back to 1500 BC.
From there, we see dogs as an important part of our lives and history.
In fact, we can trace the history of all modern breeds of dogs back to the Middle Ages.
The origins of dogs
According to historian and archaeologist Jane Bown, most historians agree that dogs originated in Eurasia, specifically in East Asia.
There are two main theories regarding where exactly dogs originated.
One theory suggests that dogs evolved from wolves in Siberia about 50,000 years ago.
Another suggests that dogs evolved from wolves in the Altai mountains in Mongolia about 40,000 years ago.
Either way, the first dogs would have looked very different than today’s dogs.
Dogs in history
We know that dogs have been around for a long time because of archaeological evidence found at sites like Jericho and Göbekli Tepe.
We also know that dogs were used for hunting and herding in ancient times, but most people think that dogs only became pets during the Roman Empire when Emperor Claudius brought them into his palace in Rome.
The Evolution of Dogs
Humans have had dogs as companions for thousands of years, and have been keeping them as pets since at least the 11th century B.C.E.
In ancient Greece, people kept canines to protect themselves and their families.
But it wasn’t until the early 1800s when humans began to keep dogs for sport that they became popular.
The first recorded instance of a dog being used in hunting was in 1750 B.C.E., but it wasn’t until the mid-1800s that dogs were bred specifically for hunting and later for guarding livestock.
This is when breeding for certain traits began to take place.
Today, there are more than 150 million purebred dogs living in households around the world.
And although most dogs live fairly normal lives, some breeds have become famous for their unique characteristics.
The Psychology of Dogs
When dogs cover their faces in this manner, it’s usually because they are scared.
This could be due to a number of things, like a threatening person approaching them, or perhaps they simply don’t know what to do next.
Whatever the reason, there are some things you can do to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed.
If you have a young puppy, it’s extremely important that you spend time playing with them so they develop a healthy sense of self-confidence.
Try to avoid overprotecting them by keeping them away from people who might frighten them.
As they grow older, you’ll notice that some dogs will start covering their face when they’re frightened.
This is normal behavior, but if you see them doing it without any other signs of distress, it’s probably time to take action.
If you suspect that your dog is suffering from anxiety, you should contact a professional such as an animal behaviorist at the Humane Society or an animal psychologist at a veterinary clinic.
You can also try to reduce your pet’s stress levels by giving him or her treats and toys whenever he or she shows signs of being afraid.
You can also use training methods to teach your dog how to cope better with his or her fears.
The Benefits of Dogs
Dogs are very social animals and love to interact with other dogs and people.
While most dogs will enjoy playtime with you, some dogs don’t like to have their picture taken at all.
If your dog doesn’t like having his photo taken, he might simply be shy.
However, if he’s hiding something, then that could mean he’s trying to protect himself or someone else.
This could be because he wants to keep a secret, or he may try to hide something from another dog.
Either way, it’s important to know what your dog is trying to hide so you can help him out.
Dogs who like to cover their faces when they’re eating are usually either being protective or submissive.
For example, if you have a small dog who likes to eat raw meat, he may think that if he covers his face with his paws, no one will see him and he won’t get into trouble.
Or, if your dog is a bit aggressive, he may feel more comfortable not being seen by anyone.
If you notice your dog pulling on his ears when he does this, he probably has ear mites.
Ear mites are caused by parasites that live in your dog’s skin and hair follicles.
Your vet should be able to treat them for free.
If you’re concerned about your dog’s behavior, there are many books and websites that discuss canine behavior.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also offers information about training your dog.
The Drawbacks of Dogs
But what happens when you don’t know why your dog’s pawing at its face?
This can happen if you don’t have a history with your pet and haven’t been around him/her enough to observe his/her behaviors.
Sometimes, your dog will do things that seem weird for no apparent reason.
And sometimes, these actions are harmless and not necessarily indicative of anything bad.
But other times, your dog’s behavior could be a sign of problems.
So what should you do if your dog does this strange thing and he doesn’t seem to be acting like himself?
First, try getting some training.
You can start by teaching your dog to sit and stay before you go on to teach more advanced commands such as come, down, sit, and stay.
Once you’ve done that, you can work on teaching your dog to walk nicely beside you rather than pulling ahead of you because he wants to run off into the woods.
Finally, once your dog has learned those basics, you’ll be able to train him to stop doing whatever it is that he’s doing that looks so strange.
But there are other things you can do to help figure out what’s going on with your dog.
For starters, you can take a look at the following list of possible causes for your dog’s odd behavior and see if any apply to him.
- Your dog may be nervous about something new (such as a visit from a stranger).
- He may be showing submission (a sign that he’s afraid).
- He may be trying to hide something in his mouth.
- He may be trying to show affection to someone else (or to you) but isn’t sure how to properly express it.
- He may be trying to communicate something to you but just doesn’t know how to say it yet.
- He may be trying to tell you something important but is having trouble finding the right words to use.
- He may be reacting to an unusual sound or smell.
- He may be reacting to something in the distance (for example, a fire alarm).
If you think one of these explanations applies to your dog, then you need to consult with a veterinarian or animal behaviorist who specializes in working with dogs.
These professionals will give you advice on how to deal with your dog’s behavior, whether it’s something that needs to be corrected immediately or something that’s better left alone until you can work through it.
So now let’s jump over to the next page to learn more about the benefits of dogs.
The Future of Dogs
There are two main types of dogs — working dogs and companion dogs.
Working dogs are trained to perform specific tasks.
For example, police dogs are trained to sniff out drugs and explosives, guard homes and protect people, and guide the blind.
Companion dogs are typically bred specifically for companionship, such as seeing eye dogs for the blind, and service dogs for those who are disabled.
Dogs Are Not Humans
Dogs are not human.
While many people believe that all dogs can think like humans, that’s simply not true.
In fact, there are some breeds of dogs that are more intelligent than others.
The border collie is one breed that has been shown to have an IQ of around 100.
However, most dogs can’t speak or use words, so it’s very hard to tell how smart they really are.
Dogs also don’t understand language the same way we do.
Instead, they rely on body language and facial expressions to communicate with us.
This is why you’ll often see a dog lying down when he wants to go outside, but standing up when he wants to come inside.
It’s because dogs don’t understand our language.
While dogs aren’t able to talk, they can learn a lot about us by watching us.
Dogs will learn what makes us happy and what makes us sad, which is why it’s important to keep them active and socialize them with other animals regularly.
Dogs will also pick up on the emotions of their owners, and if they sense that you’re angry, they might act accordingly.
That’s why it’s so important to never yell at your dog.
Always praise him instead.
There are many ways that dogs can communicate through body language and facial expressions.
The following list is not all-inclusive, but here are some examples of what you might see when your dog does one of these things.
- Covering its face with its paws – This is usually done as an act of submission. When a dominant dog covers their face with their paws, it’s usually because they feel threatened by another dog. In this case, the dominant dog wants to show submissiveness and submission to the other dog.
- Sticking its tongue out – This is often done as a gesture of aggression and submission. The dominant dog will stick out their tongue at another dog, which shows they are ready to fight if necessary. Submissive dogs will also do this when they are frightened or nervous. Sometimes the dominant dog will also do this if they’re trying to tell another dog that they don’t like them.
- Showing its teeth – This is a common display of dominance. Dominant dogs will often bare their teeth at another dog to let them know that they aren’t happy about being there.
- Panting – Pacing is another form of communication between dogs. If a dog is pacing back and forth, it means that they are very excited and anxious. If the pacing stops suddenly, it might mean that the dog has spotted prey.
- Barking – Barking is another form of communication between dogs. It’s most commonly used to signal distress or pain. For example, if a dog is barking at something that they perceive as a threat, it’s likely that they have been hurt or scared. However, sometimes dogs will bark as a warning to alert others to danger.
- Whining – Whining is another form of communication between dogs. Often times, dogs whine when they need something, such as food or water. This is usually the first thing you should try to give to your dog when they whine. You can also use a treat to reward a whining dog so that he knows it leads to good things.
- Growling – Growling is another form of communication between dogs. This is different than whining. Usually growling happens when a dog feels angry, upset, or frustrated. This can happen when a dog feels trapped, cornered, or surrounded by another dog. Sometimes, dogs will growl when they’re protecting their territory or fighting off another dog.
- Snapping – Snapping is another form of communication between dogs. This is similar to growling, but it’s more of a warning rather than anger. Sometimes dogs will snap when they sense that another dog is getting too close. It’s important to note that snapping doesn’t always mean that the dog is aggressive towards another dog. It’s often used as a warning to keep away from another dog who is perceived as dangerous or threatening.
- Tail wagging – Wagging tails is another form of communication between dogs. It’s often used to indicate friendliness, excitement, or happiness. However, it can also be used to warn another dog to stay away or to stop approaching.
- Waving its tail – This is yet another form of communication between dogs. This is commonly seen when dogs greet each other. Some dogs will wave their tails at each other as a greeting, especially if they’re meeting for the first time. Other dogs will wave their tails at people when they’re excited to see them.
- Laying down – Lying down is another form of communication between dogs. It’s commonly used when a dog wishes to rest or relax. This is usually accompanied by panting, but sometimes the dog will simply lie down on their side without panting. This is probably the easiest form of communication to learn, since you can easily recognize it. It’s often hard to tell whether the dog is lying down to rest or to play, though.
- Playing dead – Playing dead is another form of communication between dogs. This is a great way to scare off predators. Most dogs will play dead when they’re afraid, either of a person or a predator. Play dead is a natural instinct that tells a dog that it needs to protect itself. It’s important to remember that playing dead is only used as a last resort. If the dog is in real danger, it’s better to run away instead of playing dead.
- Ears flattened against head – Ears flattened against the head is another form of communication between dogs. It’s often used when a dog is feeling insecure or fearful. In this position, the ears are pressed firmly against the head, making the dog look smaller and more vulnerable. This is often accompanied by a low growl or whimper.
- Crouching – Crouching is another form of communication between dogs. This is generally used to avoid conflict with another dog. Sometimes dogs will crouch when they’re running away from a scary situation. Other times, they’ll crouch when they’re trying to sneak past someone. Both situations involve avoiding confrontation.
- Rolling over – Rolling over is another form of communication between dogs. This is typically used when a dog is tired or sick. Sometimes dogs will roll over onto their backs when they’re sleeping. This is also a way for a dog to say “I’m sorry” if they’ve hurt themselves or made a mistake.
- Standing on two legs – Standing on two legs is another form of communication between dogs. This is typically used when a dog wants to make contact with another dog. Sometimes dogs will stand on their hind legs when they want to approach another dog. This is usually accompanied by a playful growl or a friendly lick.
- Spinning around – Spinning around is another form of communication between dogs. This is typically used when a dog is excited or playful. Sometimes dogs will spin around when they’re looking for a new toy or playing with another dog. This is usually accompanied by a happy bark or a playful yelp.
- Chasing after another dog – Chasing after another dog is another form of communication between dogs. This is usually used when a dog is chasing after another dog that they think is fun. Sometimes dogs will chase after other dogs when they want to play or wrestle with them.
- Rushing toward another dog – Rushing toward another dog is another form of communication between dogs. This is usually used when a dog thinks that another dog is going to attack him or her. Sometimes dogs will rush toward another dog to scare them off. If the dog makes eye contact, then the dog is aware that the other dog is going to attack them.
- Running away from another dog – Running away from another dog is another form of communication between dogs. This is usually used when a dog is scared of another dog. Sometimes dogs will run away from other dogs to escape them. This is usually accompanied by a loud growl.
- Sitting quietly – Sitting quietly is another form of communication between dogs. Sometimes dogs will sit quietly when they’re bored or resting. This is usually accompanied by a soft, gentle purring sound.
- Lifting a paw – Lifting a paw is another form of communication between dogs. This is often used when a dog is curious or wants something. Sometimes dogs will lift a paw to ask for something, such as food or water. Sometimes dogs will lift a paw to show submission or respect.
- Looking up – Looking up is another form of communication between dogs. This is usually used when a dog wants something or asks for something. Sometimes dogs will look up at humans when they want attention or a treat.
Dogs holding things in their mouths
Dogs hold objects in their mouths for a variety of reasons.
They may be holding a bone, a piece of meat, a toy, or anything else.
Here is a list of items that dogs have held in their mouths.
- A bone – Bones are usually used for chewing. If a dog puts a bone in its mouth, it may be to chew on it or to gnaw on it. Some dogs may put bones in their mouths to play with them. Other dogs may put bones in their mouths to distract themselves from something else.
- Meat – Meat is normally chewed before eating. If your dog holds meat in his mouth, it’s likely that he’s preparing to eat it. He may also be offering the meat to another dog.
- A toy – Toys are usually chewed before using