His Owner Kept Doing THIS And He Never Realized How It Was Affecting His Dog.
Elizabeth Norton 5/9/2016
Dogs are well known to be man's best friend and there are many parts of the domesticated life they love. However, many human habits are less than pleasant for canines!
The Dog Days
Dogs don't ask for much, just food, attention and a warm place to lay their heads at night. In return, we receive an endless supply of wet kisses, wagging tails and devotion. It's easy to keep your dog happy if you remember they see the world differently than we do. There are many seemingly innocent human behaviors that can upset and bother dogs!
Keep Your Paws To Yourself
A pat on the head has long been known as a sign of a job well done for a dog. The truth is, it's not very pleasant for them! Imagine someone reaching for your face, it's uncomfortable and an invasion of personal space. Try gently patting their back or rear instead.
Rules and boundaries are keys to a happy and healthy dog! They thrive on a structured day, it makes life less confusing and stressful for them. Keeping consistent rules will also build up trust between owner and dog.
Dogs are a lot like little children, they hate sitting around and waiting for their parents! Dogs want to play and explore the world, not simply lay around all night. They wait all day long for their owner to return from work with the expectation it's now time for them to get some TLC! Reward your dog by teaching them a new trick or go on an extra long walk.
What's That Smell?
Speaking of walks, let your dog explore magnificent adventures! Dedicate a weekly walk for smelling, let your dog take in the world around them and walk at a leisurely pace. Walks are important for exercise and potty breaks, but they also allow your dog to connect to their surroundings.
As much as we'd love dogs to understand the human language, they cannot! Dogs communicate with one another through body language, it's what they know best. Try going an entire day without speaking a single word to your dog, see how much they understand through your movements and actions.
Turn That Frown Upside Down
With their ability to read body language, dogs can tell when you're feeling tense or angry. This rubs off on them because dogs tend to mirror their owners. Rather than getting more upset, try meditating, for yourself and your faithful companion!
Hug It Out
Hugging is one of the best human expressions of love but for dogs, it is a foreign concept. While some dogs may tolerate your arms wrapped around their neck, others may view it as an attack. Many attacks on children stem from this misunderstood gesture, make sure to notice your dog's body language before hugging them!
Think Twice, Be Nice
Teasing is another form of provoking a dog, they do not like it! There is no reason to do something to upset or make a dog mad just because you think it's funny. This can lead to behavioral problems and even an aggressive attitude.
Keep An Eye Out
The dog park can be a fun and exciting experience for your playful pooch, but it is not for every dog! Owners oftentimes fail to realize that their dog was not socialized correctly and other dogs are seen as threats. Knowing the difference between encouraging your shy puppy to play and forcing an interaction is key to a safe environment!
A tight leash might seem like the safest way to keep your dog from pulling on a walk but it actually leads to more problems. Keeping a tight leash sends signals of stress and frustration to your pup! It's essential to teach your dog how to walk on a leash with slack without pulling. A calm dog is a happy dog!
It's Rude To Stare
Eye contact is important in almost all species! When approaching a new dog, staring them down is not the way to make a new friend. Dogs read this as an act of aggression or dominance, instead, approach them with a soft gaze and a smile!
It's A Dogs World, We Just Live In It
The human world through a dog's eyes is very different from how we view it! Dogs can be the most faithful of companions if we treat them with the love and respect they deserve.