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Decode Your Dog’s Behavior: 17 Dog Behaviors Explained

Reader's Digest Logo By Lisa Marie Conklin of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 18: It's our natural tendency to project human traits and emotions onto dogs, yet we come to expect daily dog zoomies as normal dog behavior. And while we can pick up on things like dog anxiety from dog body language, and understand why dogs howl, some dog behaviors—like rolling in stinky things or barking at nothing—are truly bewildering. What's classified as normal dog behavior might surprise you. Here's what canine experts have to say.

What is normal dog behavior?

It's our natural tendency to project human traits and emotions onto dogs, yet we come to expect daily dog zoomies as normal dog behavior. And while we can pick up on things like dog anxiety from dog body language, and understand why dogs howl, some dog behaviors—like rolling in stinky things or barking at nothing—are truly bewildering.

What's classified as normal dog behavior might surprise you. Here's what canine experts have to say.

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