10 Things Your Dog Wants You To Stop Doing.
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.
Dogs need training, otherwise your household could turn into total and utter chaos.
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.
When dogs go out for a walk, they want to take the time to stop and smell the roses...and other dog's urine, pick up a scent, and socialize.
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.
The second we lock eyes with a dog, we instinctively pat them on the head. But newsflash! They actually hate this.
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.
Allowing your dog to be around strong smells could cause his sense of smell to deteriorate.
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.
We love hugging our pups, but is constant hugging something they actually enjoy?
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.
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