Dogs have lived with us for over 11,000 years. It has been scientifically proven that living around them enhances the quality of our lives. Read our blog on how dogs make our lives better to know more.
But what about us? Have you ever wondered if your actions are making them uncomfortable? There might be several things that you’re doing that your dog finds annoying but is unable to express.
Here are some of the common human actions that push dogs away and make them upset, nervous, stressed, or confused.
We often hug because, as people, we enjoy hugs and assume that dogs would love this too. But that’s not the case. Many dogs do not enjoy hugs, especially from strangers. Placing your arms around a dog’s neck or body may be perceived as a threat. Most dogs tolerate gentle hugs from trusted humans, but that doesn’t mean they actually like them.
A better alternative is to let the dog cuddle on his own terms and pet him along the back and on the chest.
2. Petting on face or patting head
Most humans think that dogs like being patted on the head. The reality is that while many dogs will put up with this if it’s being done by someone they know and trust, most dogs don’t enjoy it. You may notice that even the most loving dog might lean away slightly when you reach for its face to pet. Interact with your dog by gently petting its back or rear, but don’t pat, and definitely don’t go for the dog’s face.
Many people think it’s funny to tease dogs: barking at one as you pass it on the street, waving or talking to one that is barking at them from behind a window, pulling on a dog’s tail. There are lots of viral videos of humans teasing dogs. People dangle food in dogs’ faces, pretend to throw the ball, or bark at a dog. The list can go on, but the important thing is that you shouldn’t do something you know makes a dog mad for the sake of a laugh — the dog won’t find it funny. And it can lead to some serious behavioral problems.
4. Yelling at them
No one likes to be yelled at or harshly punished. Same goes for our furry friends. Dogs may not understand the words you’re saying, but they sense your emotions when you’re yelling at them. We all know dogs dislike loud noises of any kind – vacuum cleaners, thunder, motorcycles, etc. Yelling will make them anxious or scared, or maybe even completely desensitised to it. Most of the time, they won’t even know what you’re saying. You’ll be more successful by encouraging good behavior rather than scolding them when they’re bad.