Why do dogs zig zag when walking?

The most popular theory is called “zig-zag walking.”

The basic idea is that most dogs walk in a straight line from head to toe. When you walk through a tight space, they will not walk in a straight line, they will zag.

While zig-zag walking is most common in dogs, it happens to humans as well. This is called “straight running walking.” In some dogs, their brain tells them they should take their left paw to the front and to take their right to the back. They do so as if moving a lawn mower blade, so they are able to keep up a constant rhythm. This works great when you are trying to save a little time.

However, when you find yourself zig-zagging through the house or when your dog is playing tug of war with your daughter, you need a more accurate guide at hand. Your dog might wander on the sides or back of the path as it is moving towards or away from the object.

The other common excuse is called “zig-zag crossing.” In this case, the dog is not trying to cross but to circle around. It follows the path of a circle with a little “tail.” The dog goes around in a looping motion and is supposed to cross the boundary between the front and back legs as it circles around. But it doesn’t. It keeps zig-zagging as it circles through the house. This is when you realize, and it is a good thing, that zig-zag walking is not how your dog is programmed.

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If your dog is behaving erratically, you can get rid of them by putting a collar on them, clipping their claws, and putting a leash on, but that won’t help in most cases.

Dogs need a reason to get out of a situation. In their minds, they think they got away with something and now they get to go back in for another round.

The best thing to do for your furry friend after you’ve caught them zagging is go for a walk. This will help teach them that you are the authority on such things. If they get into trouble, your dog will learn that something is up.

Have you ever seen a dog zig zag on a leash or clip on a paw? How did you react?

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