Why does my dog always sleep on me?
That is because it is in their nature to sleep in a pile on top of each other and it's when they feel most secure and comfortable - snuggled up against their littermates.
A recent survey found that as many as 50 percent of dog owners let their dogs sleep on the bed.
According to this report, the total first-year cost of owning a dog is $1,270 and for a cat it's $1,070.
As you can see, having a pet can cost you over $1,000 in the first year, and well over $500 each additional year.
Depending on the food you buy and sudden medical expenses, the costs could be much higher.
Dogs also lick because they like the taste of an owner's salty skin and out of habit.
Mostly, with domestic Dogs, it's a sign of affection.
Licking releases pleasurable endorphins which gives Dogs a feeling of comfort and pleasure — like the feeling people get when they are biting their nails — it relieves stress.
Do you let your dog sleep in your bed with you at night? Research has shown that slightly less than one-half of all pet owners share their bed or bedroom with their pet.
Even so, you have likely been told by at least one well-meaning person that your dog should sleep on the floor, in his crate, or in his own bed.
If your dog is drinking excessively (polydipsia) it is possibly because he is losing excess amounts of water for any of a number of reasons.
While a number of diseases result in excess water intake and urine output, the most common of these diseases include kidney failure, diabetes mellitus and Cushing's disease.
It's very common for dog owners to punish their dogs for growling.
Unfortunately, this often suppresses the growl—eliminating his ability to warn us that he's about to snap, literally and figuratively.
On other occasions, punishing a growling, uncomfortable dog can induce him to escalate into full-on aggression.
The average dog sleeps for about 12 to 14 hours per 24-hour cycle.
That's just the beginning, though.
Puppies, who expend a lot of energy exploring and learning may need as much as 18 to 20 hours.
Older dogs also tend to need more rest, as do certain breeds.