Apology Bow: What Dogs Are Actually Trying To Say


If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve already seen it: the face a dog makes when it knows it did something that will upset you. Big eyes, bowed head. We recognize it as a dog being guilty, and it is the cutest thing in the world!


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But there is actually a scientific explanation to this behavior. According to a study by Nathan H. Lents, a molecular biologist with the City of University of New York, they have inherited the trait from their wolf relatives.

Wolves are social creatures needing the approval of its peers to feel accepted. When a playful wolf bites too hard, it will be spurned by the pack for bad behavior, and in order to return and be accepted again, the wolf must approach with an apology bow.

Dogs will do the same thing after it felt it is being punished. Lents wrote, “As social animals, they crave harmonious integration in the group and neglect or isolation is painful for them.”


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A dog will do its apologetic bow regardless of whether it disobeyed or not, as long as it feels it is being punished. So the gesture is more of an apology rather than showing a feeling of guilt. Lents summarizes it as a dog’s way of saying, “Can we be friends again?”

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A Hot Dog: How To Take Care Of a Dachshund

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Taking care of dogs (or any pet for that matter) is a huge commitment. So for kids who want to adopt or buy a dog, you need to be ready for the responsibility it entails. Dachshunds, in particular, require slightly different caring from other dogs. Here’s a few tips on taking car of your pet:


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Dog-proof your house

When you decide to get a dog, the first order of business is to adjust your home for the little bugger. Be sure wires are safely plugged or hidden and there aren’t any choking hazards left of the floor. It’s also important to get all your doggy essentials beforehand like food bowl, pet bed, and stock up on quality dog food.

Carry them up the stairs (when you can)

This is a breed specific requirement. Because of the Dachshunds’ body structure, they are prone to back injuries like disk problems. When you can, carry them up the stairs so they won’t have any back problems as they grow old.


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Watch their weight

Despite how cute fat and fluffy dogs are, obese dogs aren’t exactly healthy and can cause many health risks. This is especially true for this particular breed. Becoming overweight can cause unwanted back issues so it’s good to watch their diet and also to walk and play with them often.

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