Your significant other or child may not be the only people who have YOU on their blacklist. The furry being taking advantage of your absence or snoring at your feet may no longer think that you’re a “good boy”. Yes, even man’s best friend can start hating their owners. And no, not because you like dressing them up in stupid costumes or *shudder* bathe them with anything aside from doggy saliva. Certain actions you take are bound to anger your dog and later cause behavioral issues such as barking and biting. While dog obedience training can do wonders in this regard, you should be aware of what may tick your dog off.
So, here are ten behaviors which dogs REALLY hate and you may want to avoid.
#1) Communicating with Words
Humans are vocal species who enjoy chatting to everyone and everything, including their dogs. Unfortunately, despite trying to decipher your words and successfully understanding ‘treat’ and ‘toy’, your ol’ gal doesn’t understand what you say. This is why she focuses on your body language to figure out what you’re saying. Yet you may end up confusing her if you focus only on the words that come out of your mouth rather than your actions. For instance, if you tell her to ‘stay’ while leaning forward or holding up your palm, she may come forth only to be reprimanded.
#2) Not Establishing Rules
Most pet owners believe that rules make life boring and unhappy for a dog. However, you’re actually confusing your fur babies as a result. You see, dogs are pack animals, which means they need structure to survive. By making the rules, you establish your position as the leader. As a result, your boy will thrive when he knows where his boundaries are. Besides, just like your human babies, your fur babies will be polite, well-balanced and sociable. However, keep in mind that your pooch may not understand exceptions to rules. Therefore, don’t expect him to understand why he’s allowed on the couch most of the time but is pushed off it after a bath or a romp in the mud.
#3) Giving Hugs
Like most cats, dogs hate hugs. You may believe hugs to be awesome and great expressions of love and positive emotions, but your pooch begs to differ. Because they don’t have arms, they don’t understand the concept of a hug. In addition, placing a foreleg or paw on the back of another dog is a sign of dominance. Therefore, while some may accept your gesture with grace, others may feel threatened and lash out. Similarly, while your dog may be fine with your hugs, he may react differently when another person tries the same. So learn how to show your affections in a dog-friendly way.
#4) Patting the Head or Petting the Face
If you can’t stand being patted on the head, how can you expect your dog to feel any different? Similarly, just like you wouldn’t appreciate strangers’ hands reaching out to your face, your pooch would hate this invasion of personal space. If your dog tends to lean away when you reach for his face, start petting his rear (not pat) and avoid his face. If you really want to reward your dog for being the best, rub their rear end around the tail to show how much you care.
As obvious as this may seem, many owners indulge in teasing their dogs because they think it’s funny. However, barking at a dog, waving at them as they bark from behind a door, pulling his tail, or simply trying to make the dog mad isn’t funny. It’s never funny for your pooch and may lead to behavioral problems (and a permanent scar after your dog teeth marks heal). You may also spend extra on dog aggression training if you can’t handle the after effects of your teasing.
#6) Forcing Interactions with Other People or Dogs
Like people, dogs have a list of friends and enemies from both species. Unfortunately, she doesn’t have Facebook to show you how much she cares (or doesn’t care) about certain people or dogs. This is why many dog owners end up in bad social situations at dog parks whenever they push their pooches forward. Therefore, you need to learn your pet’s body language, especially during social gatherings. If she seems shy or fearful, try encouraging her out of her comfort zone. However, if she resists, back off or else she may lash out on you or others around you.
#7) Going for a Walk ONLY
There are many times when your enthusiasm for a walk may not be shared by your pet. This usually happens if you prevent your pooch from exploring his surroundings while forcing him to walk obediently on a leash. You need to understand that dogs see with their noses, so their sense of smell is vital to see the world around them. If you stop your pet from taking in the world around him, even during those few minutes he gets out, you’ll be getting a lump of coal this Christmas and poop before that.
#8) Using a Tight Leash Literally
Keeping your dog on a tight leash tells her that you’re stressed, frustrated or overwhelmed. On the other hand, a loose leash informs her that everything’s fine and that she has no reason to be tense. Now this may not be an easy habit to let go of, especially if you tend to complain about your dog pulling you. However, keep in mind that you may actually harm your dog and cause him to start barking during the mildest social interactions.
#9) Babying the Fur Baby
As much as you love him, you can’t coo about him like you would a human baby. Yes, he looks so cute in a baby stroller or in baby clothing, but he doesn’t understand why you’re cradling him upside down while cooing over his muzzle. Besides, he wants to run around rather than be confined to your purse or stroller. So don’t deprive your dog from being themselves and give him the right kind of love.
#10) Being Boring
Think back: how did you feel whenever your parents took you out but never stepped into a toy store or took you to the park? You probably got scolded for fidgeting so much, but how could you contain yourself when all you ever wanted was to run and move? Your dog shares the same sentiments you felt during your childhood. If you’re boring, i.e. if you come home, carry out chores and then sleep, you’ll alienate the furry being waiting for you to play with him. He’ll take out his aggression on table legs or your shoes. Therefore, make time for him and work on old tricks, play games, or simply go on an exploratory walk.
So make the necessary changes right away and make your pooch fall in love with you again.