I have a question regarding a specific dog behavior that I’ve seen in Gizmo and other dogs that I have owned. It occurs at a fairly young age and I describe it as “sheer exuberance” usually centered around a new toy, a new freedom, and the dog’s owner. The dog tucks their rear down and does exaggerated runs often changing directions like its playing tag with the owner.
Is this something that should be corrected or left to simply outgrow? Its not a problem except when he does this in the house (2 times); outdoors he usually settles down after a few minutes and lies at my feet. Any insight into the nature of this behavior would be helpful.
Dear Will: Usually when I see this type of behavior, it means that the dog just needs to go outside to relieve himself. Otherwise, it’s just an energy spurt. Older dogs do this, too. It’s just quite a bit more frequent with the young dog.