10 Annoying Things Dogs Hate, but We Keep Doing Them
A dog isn’t only a cute, big toy for you or your kids to play with — it’s a huge responsibility for the entire family to take on. Scientists have proven that our pets don’t always like when we do certain things to them. For example, they may not be the biggest fans of constant hugging or teasing, and may only tolerate such behavior because they care about us so much.
Bright Side prepared a checklist of things you shouldn’t do if you want to make your dog feel happy and secure.
10. Constant hugging
Research revealed that 81.6% of the dogs tested showed signs of stress or anxiety when they were hugged. 7.6% of them enjoyed this activity, while the response of 10.8% of the dogs was neutral. The most common signs of stress included flattened ears, sad eyes (you can see the whites of the eyes) or, on the contrary, closed eyes and a head turned away to avoid eye contact with a hugger. So next time you decide to hug your dog, estimate its reaction first.
9. Patting your dog on the head
Dogs usually interpret all actions toward them that come from above as a threat. For example, if you notice that your pet is stepping away, turning its head and trying to avoid being touched, it’s time you stop doing it. Your dog is trying to express its dissatisfaction with your behavior and can even start to protect itself and bite you.
8. Rushing walks
During a walk, a dog doesn’t only take a bathroom break but also discovers the world and socializes. The greatest advantage is the opportunity to play and exercise outside while breathing in fresh air alongside their beloved master which they don’t get to do while staying at home. So let your dog enjoy its walks and don’t rush back home after 5 minutes of being outside.
7. Ignoring dog training
All creatures, even people, need rules to avoid chaos. And while with cats these rules are more or less obvious — they’re independent creatures who walk around on their own. However, we can’t say the same about dogs. They need training and to follow rules that can’t be broken. Otherwise, your dog can turn into a spoiled, lazy pet, who will eat your favorite pair of shoes. For example, your dog must know its name and commands like, “sit,” “heel,” “stay,” “wait,” “off,” and “no”. During training, the master:
- builds a healthy positive relationship with the dog.
- teaches the dog how to behave in society and interact with others.
- improves the communication skills of the dog.
- gives the dog enough exercises to keep its muscles toned and provides emotional release.
6. Yelling at your dog as punishment
Of course, sometimes it’s impossible to stay calm when your dog pees on the carpet in your living room for the tenth time. But yelling won’t help you get anything from your dog. If you use a loud voice, your pet just confuses the teaching with punishment. So if your dog did something wrong, just think: maybe your pet was bored or you skipped a couple of training sessions. And instead of a punishment, try to have a conversation using a stern tone.
5. Dressing your dog when it’s not cold
When it’s cold, you have to make sure your dog won’t get sick and give it enough warm clothes. But don’t buy clothes for your dog only because they look cute matching with your bag or coat. Your pet can regulate its body temperature thanks to its fur. And if you decide to dress your dog anyway, stay alert and make sure it doesn’t get stuck in clothes and overheat.
4. Scaring your dog with loud noises
Fear is a big problem for all dogs. Some of them are even born with a genetic predisposition to this feeling. If they don’t get used to certain sounds from an early age, it may lead to psychological traumas in the future that can be fixed only with the help of a professional. These sounds include toaster or microwave sounds, fireworks, a running vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer. If your pet got scared by a sound, it’s better to distract it with a treat and explain that there’s nothing dangerous about it later.
3. Making your pet play with your friends if it doesn’t like them
No matter how good and kind your friends are in your opinion, your pet can dislike them. In this case, you shouldn’t force it to give in or to put up with touching. Your dog will try to protect itself and you from a possible threat even if danger doesn’t exist. So when you’re with new people, pay attention to gestures and movements of your pet: whether it tries to hide behind you, roars, or just turns away and doesn’t allow them to touch.
2. Teasing your dog for fun
Your dog may see teasing as a game at first, but it will eventually realize that something is wrong. For example, like if you call it over to presumably give it something to eat but end up giving it nothing. You may pull its tail because it’s trying to protect itself in a funny way. Or you just make fun of your pet all the time. This is a sure way to lose your dog’s trust and authority in the long run.
1. Letting your dog stay in places with strong smells
A dog can differentiate and remember around 1 million smells even if they come from a long distance. You should appreciate this special ability. Some smells can cause deterioration of the sense of smell or cause nervous system dysfunction. When you clean your house with chlorine or use too many fragrances, it’s better to keep your dog in another room and give it a toy or a treat to keep it occupied.
What things do you do that your dog doesn’t like? Share it with us in the comments!
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