Are you annoying your dog without even noticing it. Maybe giving them a tight hug after work is too suffocating for them, or perhaps, they hate how fast you walk when you’re out for a stroll. We love spending time with our pups, and there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to try to make them happy. But would you go as far as to change these 10 annoying little habits that make dogs want to cut ties with us.
You might have to. Apparently, there are tons of things we do that dogs don’t actually like.Setting up rules and boundaries is a great way to show love. Without them, pets could turn into wild animals, roaming around the house looking for things to chew on or bite. That’s why it’s so important to build a positive bond with your dog so that he learns how to communicate and socialize with others. Make sure your pup understands what commands like “stay,” “wait,” “no,” and “sit,” mean.
Rushing them during a stroll won’t help them de-stress the way dogs need it. So make sure your furry companion is exercising correctly.
Dogs need to have a moment to explore the world, to get some fresh air, and they need to take their time while doing so. So let them enjoy their daily stroll, even if they’ve been smelling the same tree for 10 minutes.
If you notice your pup has stopped making eye contact and they’re backing away, then it’s time to stop patting them on the head. Focus on body language.
If they’re putting their ears back, ducking, or the white of their eyes is too visible, then that’s a sign that you’re stressing your pup out with your actions. Make sure to stop and let them come to you.
When you use harsh chemicals, strong fragrances, or even use insecticide, you could be causing his sense of smell to deteriorate or worse. If the smell is too strong, it could cause his nervous system to malfunction.
Dogs have a lot more smell receptors than humans. Dogs can detect and differentiate around a million different smells, even from a great distance. So make sure you take him to a different room if you’re messing with chemicals while cleaning the floors.
Well, according to research, it isn’t. Psychology Today reported that a study revealed that 81.6% of the dogs they tested did not enjoy getting hugged. In fact, only 7.6% of them actually seemed to like it.
So if you notice your furry buddy pulling away, and acting all coy, it’s because you’re depriving your dog of the freedom to run. Dogs are cursorial animals, which means that in times of stress, they tend to run away. Since you’re immobilizing him with a hug, your pup could get stressed out, and if the situation escalates, he could even bite.
We get it. You saved for months in order to afford that new pair of shoes and it only took him 5 minutes to rip them apart.
But yelling won’t get your shoes back and it certainly won’t teach him a lesson. Make sure you figure out why your dog got so bored that he became restless and destructive. It may be time to schedule a few sessions with a dog trainer or plan more activities to get him to burn more energy.
If the weather outside is frightful, (no early Christmas pun intended) then, by all means, find a cozy sweater for your best bud and dress him up.
But dogs aren’t toys. Dressing him up in clothes just for fun will keep him from regulating his body temperature and he may end up overheating and feeling uncomfortable.
But animals aren’t children, and fear is a huge problem for dogs. If dogs aren’t used to a specific sound, (like a vacuum, a hairdryer, or a loud toy) they may get scared the second they hear it.
And fear may lead to psychological trauma. If your dog gets scared by the sound an appliance or toy makes, take him outside or distract it with a treat while you explain in a soft and calm way that there’s nothing to be worried about.
Maybe your dog loves to fool around and get teased at first, but if the teasing gets dragged out for too long, he may think that something’s wrong. A group of Japanese researchers at Kyoto University discovered that dogs are able to decipher trustworthiness. In the first round, a human teased a dog with a container full of treats.
In the second round, they went about the same way only this time, the dog discovered that the container was empty. By the time the third round rolled around, the dog had caught on to the teasing and weren’t trusting the human anymore. So if you tease a dog enough times, they will no longer trust you.
Some dog owners fail to see the cues that their dog is displaying. If your pet feels threatened by them, they’re going to try to protect themselves, even if the dogs or people don’t really pose any type of danger.
Let your pet decide whether he wants to get close to them, sniff them out, and play around them. If he’s not feeling it, let him be.