10 Things Your Dog Does Not Like You Do
Number Ten - You use words more than body language.
In 2018, a group of veterinarians at the University of Barrie did a comprehensive study on communication in dogs. They don't deny that in over 30,000 years of living with humans. Dogs have gained specific communication skills to understand their owners. They've mastered basic commands such as walk and treat toys. But still, they don't speak the human language. They rely on your body language to try to figure out how you feel or what you think. When you do confuse things, such as tell your puppy to stay and lean toward it stretching your hand forward, it gets upset because it doesn't know if you want it to stay or come closer. So try communicating more with your body when talking to your pet instead of trying to chat with it.
Number Nine - You tease your dog.
Have you ever barked back at a barking dog? Yeah, or maybe pulled on a dog's tail. Or better yet, you show a treat to a dog and then hide it or eat it yourself. If it's not dog food, of course, I'm guilty. Remember this. According to the whole dog journal, what's funny for a human can be hurtful and offensive for an animal. Teasing your pet won't help mutual understanding and can cause obsessive-compulsive behavior and other problems.
Number Eight - You pull on your dog's leash.
Your dog can read not only your body language but also the leash tension levels. When you pull it, you signal that you're tense, nervous, or alert, causing stress. It would help if you didn't let your dog drag you around either. Suppose your pet isn't listening to your stop as soon as the leash loosens and the dog looks at you. You can continue your walk. Don't forget to take treats with you to encourage your dog's good behavior. Else that's too short also makes the animal nervous. If you let your dog walk on a long leash, you clarify that everything is under your control and there's no danger. This way, it'll be easier for you to walk your dog because it won't feel constant tension. Let your dog sniff around. In 2015, an international group of researchers headed by Bertie Nelson studied odors' role in a dog's life. They concluded that it impacts their behavior and well-being. A walk for a dog isn't just a time when it can relieve itself. It's also an opportunity to get to know the surrounding territory. Many times dogs pee on things to leave information. Other dogs come by, sniff where the prior dog went, get the information, and pee there. Yeah, it's like Facebook. The first dog leaves a post, and others comment on it. That's why your pet will become upset if you drag it away from trees and curbs all the time.
Number Seven - You don't take your dog's fear of water seriously.
Most dogs love swimming in the open water because it makes them feel free. However, even breeds that love swimming and legs lying in puddles and running through lawn sprinklers might hate taking baths. Dogs don't like the sound of running water or the slippery surface. So if you want to reduce your dog's stress, place a slip-resistant mat in the bottom of the tub, give it lots of treats and compliment it for its good behavior.
Number Six - You hug your dog.
It's natural for humans to show affection by wrapping their arms around someone's bought it. Dogs don't have arms. So their ways of showing love and support are different. Imagine a creature three to 10 times your size approaching you and squeezing you. A lot of dogs will take it, especially the traditional family breeds like a golden retriever. But most coaches will feel threatened and uncomfortable if you do so. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz has pointed out the typical signs of a dog feeling uncomfortable during a hug, ears pinned back, lip licking, yawning, and trying to get away.
Number five - You yell at your dog.
Dogs are afraid of loud sounds and can't understand what you want from them. If you're unhappy with your dog's behavior, take a certain pose of your choosing and make an upset facial expression. If your puppy isn't yet trained enough to wait for a walk and leaves puddles on the floor, yelling at it will only make things worse. If you punish your dog physically or yell at it, it won't become better trained. It'll just be afraid of you and sneaky. Chances are it'll do the same thing when you aren't around. A 2016 study by the Department of Psychology Brigham Young University concluded that dogs can always tell when people are angry. They become more hesitant to do with the same people ask of them.
Number four - You don't play with your dog enough.
If he can't find enough time to play with your push, be prepared to have a damage a lot of things when you're not home. Your pet needs to release its energy. And if he can't help with this, it'll find its way, and you won't like it to playing with your dog as important. Activities like running helped develop your dog's physical stamina, and hide and seek, for example, is suitable for its intelligence. Rebecca Somerville, the animal behavior specialist at the University of Edinburgh, explains that a dog playing by itself isn't a sign that it's happened. It could be trying to show you how bored it is and crying for help. Playing together is an excellent way of bonding and keeping your approach content.
Number three - You leave your dog alone.
Dogs are social animals, and they don't like to be by themselves. Of course, you can't spend all your time with your dog, I wish, but you can decrease the level of its anxiety. To do so, spend as much time as possible with it when you're home. Follow a precise schedule. The animal should know the time when you leave home. And when you come back. Buy different toys so that your dog can entertain itself while you're away.
Number two - You let strangers pet your dog.
Suppose a stranger comes up to your dog and tries to pet it saying, Ah, What a cutie. The best thing you can do is thank them and politely ask them not to become any closer. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ilana Reisner explains that your dog's character or mood can be different. And even the most friendly and kind dog can be reactive. If you let everyone touch your dog, you cause it to be stressed out, and you stop being a leader in your dog's eyes. When I say strangers, I don't mean only humans, but other dogs as well. Some owners love to push their dogs into doggy get-togethers at parks. Now think about it. Do you personally want to make friends with every human you meet in the street? If your answer is no, then why would your dog's answer be yes.
Number one - You're depressed.
If you've noticed that your dog is sad, pay attention to your state of mind. Your pet feels your mood, and if you feel bad, your dog can become depressed to Dr. Leilani's song explains depression isn't contagious. But when you feel low, you pay less attention to your pet or do it with much less enthusiasm. Your puppy can make your mood better, but you should put in some effort as well. Get yourself together and go for a walk with your dog or play with it at the park. And you'll do your puppy a lot of good if you quit smoking. Different studies have shown that dogs suffer from passive smoking, resulting in severe lung diseases for them.