There are certain things that humans do that can upset or annoy their pups.
Just like us, all dogs are unique and may have different tolerances to our behavior. As a pet owner, it is your job to pick up on the signs that your canine friend is uncomfortable.
1. BEING LEFT ALONE
Our canine friends are very sociable creatures; as such, they don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. Whether you’re going to work or running errands, leave your dog with something to keep them occupied.
You could leave out a mentally stimulating toy for your pup while you are out. Maybe there’s a special stuffed toy or soft ball that would keep your pet entertained when they are alone.
Are you worried about your dog feeling lonely? Please read our blog on how to help your pet’s separation anxiety.
2. NOT LETTING THEM SMELL THINGS ON WALKS
Dogs find it frustrating when their owners stop them from smelling things on a walk. After all, they are inquisitive creatures who love to explore their neighborhood smell unfamiliar territory. While it can be frustrating if your dog stops every five minutes on a walk, they rely on their noses far more than we do.
3. HUGGING THEM WHEN THEY’RE NOT IN THE MOOD
Much like humans, dogs also like to have their own space at times. This one can come as a surprise for some owners, but your pup might not enjoy all those cuddles. Dogs can interpret cuddles as a sign of dominance. So keep an eye out for distress signals. If they yawn, grunt, or fold their ears flat, stop the hugging. Every dog is different so learn to read the signs.
Pretending to throw the ball can leave dogs feeling confused, annoyed and anxious. It can also take the fun out of playtime, so it’s always better to just throw the ball and enjoy your time together.
5. NEGATIVE REINFORCEMENT
Your pup interprets yelling as angry barking, which to them means trouble. It isn’t effective for changing bad behaviors and only scares, confuses or makes them angry. Instead of yelling, stay calm and think more about the tone of your voice. A deep tone to your voice means, “Please give me your attention,” while a lighthearted tone means “Good job!” or “Let’s play.” By adjusting tone instead of volume, you’ll get your dog’s attention without annoying or scaring them.