Our dogs are our best friends. We love them so much it hurts to even think of the possibility we are hurting or upsetting them in anyway.
But alas, some human behaviors that we actually think are cute or funny, can make our 4 legged friends very uncomfortable.
Since they love us unconditionally they are unable to show or tell us what those little things are and how much they bother them.
If you love you dog(s) as much as we do, you better read this short list we’ve come up with and stop with those nasty habits.Luckily enough our dogs love us so much that we can be sure they forgive us and love us just as much as always!
1. Hugging Them Tight
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Hugs are a tricky subject when it comes to dogs. If it is your own dog then you can probably get away with some hugs but try not to squeeze too tight and try not to hug for too long.
In the canine world there is no reason why a dog would put its paws on another dog unless it is trying to show dominance or control over the other animal.
Even if your dog lets you hug it, you probably should be the only one doing that.
Don’t let strangers or kids try to hug the dog because this makes the animal feel threatened and very uncomfortable. A good old belly rub will come highly appreciated instead.
2. Not Letting Them Sleep
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Your dog might look really cute when its sleeping and its little legs are twitching while it dreams of running.
But, no matter how cute they look it’s better to let them sleep without interruptions.
Waking a sleeping dog when they aren’t expecting, can be a shock to the animal and you could end up with a bite or just a frustrated pooch.
The best thing to do is just let your dog wake up on their own. Just imagine how freaked out you would be if you were in the middle of a nap and someone suddenly started petting you.
3. Yelling At Them
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We know you need to discipline your dog when they misbehave but yelling can stress your dog out.
In fact when you yell, the dog hears it as angry barking which can be a signal that they are about to get into a fight. Trainers will tell you that yelling is a poor technique to incorporate when teaching your dog to differentiate between right and wrong.
Instead of yelling try lowering the tone of your voice in a firm but calm manner. This works much better and won’t agitate your dog.
So next time try changing the tone of your voice instead of raising the volume.
4. Staring Into Their Eyes
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Sometimes it’s cute to get into a staring contest with your dog, but your dog doesn’t see things the same way as you.
In the animal world a stare down is a sign of aggression. You may be able to get away with it if the dog is your own. However, when encountering an unknown dog it would be wiser not to get into a stare down as this could make the dog feel threatened.
If the dog feels it is in danger, the next thing that could happen is that you will find yourself getting bit.
Don’t stare for too long when you come across a dog you don’t know!
5. Pulling On Their Leash
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It is necessary to train your dog to walk on a leash. This is for your own safety as well your dog’s.
You don’t want your dog dragging you down the street when you are out for a walk, but you don’t want to be pulling them all the time as well.
The leash should be loose, which indicates that the dog is alert and aware of its surroundings. If you start pulling on the leash you can eventually hurt the dog.
One way to get the dog used to walking on a leash is to constantly change directions and speeds. This helps the dog focus and pay closer attention to you.
Once you’ve got the dog walking with a loose leash you will both be much happier.
6. Leaving Them Alone For a Long Time
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We know you have to go to work, all of us do, but try not to leave your dog unattended for extended periods of time.
Think of it this way, you and your family are your dog’s pack. They are social animals by nature and need to be around others.
If you leave the dog alone for 10 hours at a time they can begin to exhibit destructive behavior like digging and chewing as well as develop anxiety. They also may start barking a lot more because they need attention.
What’s even worse is that being left alone for long periods of time can lead to separation anxiety as well as behavioral and psychological issues.
If you need to be absent for long hours, make sure your dog has enough entertainment, even leaving the TV or Radio on can be a source of comfort for them!