Analysis of Google data uncovers the most hilarious, heartwarming and important questions UK dog owners are asking about dog health and behaviour.
However well we think we know man’s best friend, our dogs can still confuse us with their bizarre behaviour. And when we have a really strange question, we often prefer to ask Google than a real person.
In fact, a ResearchGate study found that more pet owners (79%) use the internet to answer canine questions than speak to vets about them, making it the top source of animal welfare information. Yet it’s vital to remember that every dog is different and it’s always best to visit a vet for any health issues.
To understand what behaviours dog owners are most curious about, here at YuMOVE we’ve analysed Google search data to find the most commonly asked questions.
The most searched-for questions about dog behaviour
People are incredibly close to their canine companions and spend plenty of time trying to understand them – and what a dog’s life is like.
We’ve found some extremely cute Google searches, such as ‘What do dogs dream about?’, which gets Googled every 15 minutes, on average. ‘Do dogs smile?’ attracts a search every 40 minutes, while ‘What colours can dogs see?’ is one of the most popular questions, occurring every four minutes.
We also uncovered some hilarious results. For example, ‘Why does my dog smell like fish?’ is one of the top searches, with 42 daily searches. There are also 4,200 annual searches for ‘Why do dogs wink?’ and 2,400 annual searches for ‘Why do dogs’ farts smell so bad?’.
What health questions do owners ask?
Many dog owners are also turning to Google for more important health and wellbeing questions. Each year, 72,000 people ask Google if they can give dogs paracetamol – that’s a search every seven minutes!
Instead of being tempted to give dogs human medicine, owners should take them to the vet at the first sign of sickness. Supplements designed specifically for our furry friends, such as our range of specially formulated dog supplements, can also help to keep your dog in top shape.
Other health concerns commonly searched for include: ‘Why does my dog eat grass?’ (32,400 annual searches), ‘Why do dogs shake?’ (28,800 searches) and ‘How much food should I feed my dog?’ (13,200 searches).
So it seems owners are endlessly curious about their dogs, whether they’re trying to look after them or understand them better, or just wondering about some of the weirder things they do. Here we have the top queries:
Data collected in November 2021. In order to collect the data, YuMOVE used SEO tool ahrefs to analyse monthly UK search volume. ahrefs gathers volume data from Google Keyword Planner and pairs it with clickstream data.
YuMOVE analysed search terms with the key terms ‘my dog’, ‘when do dogs’, ‘why do dogs’, ‘can dogs’ and ‘do dogs’ to uncover the top queries. Monthly search volume was then multiplied by 12 to find annual search volume.