My dogs sneeze at me, purposefully sometimes. I almost think it is an attempt to communicate, but I haven't broken the code. Does anyone know if this is a language thing?? what are they trying to say?? (have I lost it?)k
A friend of mine has a dog that seems to do the same thing. She's a Lhasa. It's really quite funny when she does. It always appeared to be sort of an attention thing... She'd do it when she wanted to play - stand or sit in front of us, looking at us, and then she'd sneeze... Frankly I find it much cuter than when my cats sit and look at me and yawn... ;-)AmyTMF Psyche
Frankly I find it much cuter than when my cats sit and look at me and yawn...This is definitely a form of communication. Usually happens to me when I'm watching a movie or spending too much time on the PC. It means: "You bore me. You're not loving me. Don't make me go play somewhere else!"It usually works. Plus those yawns are soooo cute!Matt
Masher sneezes when she's really excited. She always points her head toward the ceiling, and then I make a sneezy noise with her. <geek>
Besides the usual reasons, it seems to be a happy, excited, anticipatory expression. Sometimes I think they do it for a joke. Russ would do it on request (there were very few commands in his vocabulary), just for the laughs. Took some effort to wind up, though.
Ooh! Forgot about McGee's Best Trick!I do a big fake sneeze, and she runs to get me a tissue. She's not so good on the handoff, though, she'd really rather eat the Kleenex™ than give it to me.Or I hold out the box and ask if she'd care for a tissue; she loves to grab them and chew 'em up. :o)
Frankly I find it much cuter than when my cats sit and look at me and yawn... ;-)I'm still fond of the BorgKitties' tendency to get right in my face and purrrrrrrrrrrrrr.Ya just can't refuse a purring kitten. Well, I can't anyway. :-)Kaiti
we've taught our dog Zeus (32 lb boston terrier/dalmation/bull dog mutt) to sneeze on command, which he actually seems to enjoy doing. he does, however, get the "speak!" command confused with "sneeze!" which is much to our amusement... "SPEAK, Zeus, SPEAK!" and he let loose with a jowl-flapping double sneezeroo.
Try asking the sport questions that all have the same answer, maybe you might see some trends. All animals communicate in some way or form Just because it isn't lingual, doesn't mean it can't talk.Cheers,klotsakk
I have a Yorkshire Terrier. Our dog smiles at us when we come home, showing his teeth. This makes him sneeze because I believe he has such a short nose. Does your dog smile and show his teeth? We always laugh because he looks so funny-but he really can't help sneezing when he smiles.
The only time my dog sneezes is when she's in her favorite position: on her back getting her tummy rubbed. Then she'll wind up and let loose a big one, usually in my face. I'm getting pretty good at knowing when it's coming, though, so I can get out of the line of fire.
Anyone see a trend here? Point a dog's snout towards the sky, then wait for the sneeze. It's not communication, it's just fluids and gravity.vuelta
Keesha, our Belgian Sheepdog shakes on request. It always make me laugh. We didn't teach her, her former owner did. It is an accomplishment that comes in handy when it rains. At least it gets some of the water off of her before she gets in the car, mud and all!Shirley
If you rent the movie, Son of Sam, you will note that this seriously disturbed, psychotic serial-killer also felt that his dog was purposely trying to communicate with him. Any corellation here?If it's any consolation, when I get sad, so does my dog. When I am happy, so is my dog. When I have PMS, I swear my dog does too! When I broke up with my boyfriend, my dog developed a sudden and intense dislike for him! Go figure!Thank god for our pets!KMW
If you rent the movie, Son of Sam, you will note that this seriously disturbed, psychotic serial-killer also felt that his dog was purposely trying to communicate with him. Any corellation here?Way OT, but a retired FBI agent named John Douglas has written a few books, and in one (can't remember which) he mentions interviewing the real Son of Sam, who started giving him the nonsense about the dog. John wouldn't bite, and S.o.S. admitted it was a bunch of doggie poop.Kaiti
My dogs sneeze at me, purposefully sometimes. I almost think it is an attempt to communicate, but I haven't broken the code. Does anyone know if this is a language thing?? what are they trying to say?? (have I lost it?)NO, you're not losing it. My 13 1/2 year old Golden Retriever just began doing this a couple of years ago. He sneezes and snorts whenever we talk to him or ask him if "he's a good boy." He's also started giving us these long deliberate (it seems) blinks whenever we talk to him. It's totally funny and we're sure he's trying to communicate with us!D.
My dog Nala sneezes at me when we're playing. We even have "sneeze wars". I'll fake a sneeze, she'll sneeze back, we'll wrestle on the floor and then do it all over again. Definitely seems pleasure/excitement related to me.
My dogs sneeze at me, purposefully sometimes. I almost think it is an attempt to communicate, but I haven't broken the code. Does anyone know if this is a language thing?? what are they trying to say?? (have I lost it?)I don't know about sneezes but my sister's dog Cinnamon (who went to doggie heaven last year) used to yawn at you if you spoke to her harshly or disciplined her. She would look right up at you and give you a really huge yawn. Couldn't help but smile at that. (Of course, if the dog had been really bad (which seldom happened), I was the only one smiling - my sister wasn't!)Christina
glad to hear there are many sneezing canines out there. I have a 5 yr. old long hair chiuaha..chi chi, he started sneezing at me about a year ago when he wants my attention to let him go outside, I think he learned it from a friends dog..He is definetely communicating with me. ;)
Your puppy loves you. We have a Wirehair fox terrier that does the same thing. In some book we found that this is a real sign of your dog being your buddy. Look at the rest of the dogs body language
Hi Ciarra: I'd sure like to see Zeus. Can't imagine what he could possibly look like. Terrier-dalmatian-pit bull-mutt - WOW. One thing I'm certain of, is that he is a fine intelligent animal.Ron
Hi Oakshade:If you've followed these boards for a while, you will have observed that our Yorkie is a prominent part of our family. I really am not even sure if he is a dog. I have given some thought to opening a terrier board in Speaker's Corner.Good Luck.
To christina: Your dog yawned when you spoke harshly to him because he was worried. Dogs yawn when they are worried.
lefty2:Thanks for this information. Now, I don't have this problem with my cats - they don't seem to worry about anything other than when I will feed them next and why I don't want them to walk on the keyboard!Christina
My dog does the same thing! Multiple rapid- fire- sneezes, in my face first thing in the morning. I always just thought she was allergic to me!
My dog Abby does the same thing. She is usually trying to tell me that she is expecting a little taste of whatever I am eating at the time. She has been taught that barking in this situation is unacceptable, so a sneeze is more polite way of making her request known.
Sorry for this late reply, but I am way behind on my reading. Some of this may have already been hashed to death, but I think I may know some of what is going on with the dog. I think that perhaps the dog is attempting to communicate with you by preparing to make a noise, but the act of attempting to make this noise tickles his or her nose and causes him or her to sneeze. The sneeze then becomes the noise the dog uses to communicate. Is this too far out?--Cass
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