Just like things your dog may do that you don’t like, there are probably things your dog hates that you do.  Try putting yourself in their shoes … or should I say paws!

Not Having Any Rules

If you think that letting your dog have the run of the house is a good way to pamper him … Think Again!  Most dogs are not leaders … they want you to be in charge.  However, they just might take a leadership role if no one else is providing it and that can cause serious issues of destruction and aggression (especially towards children).

Each Person in Your Household Having Their Own Rules

Inconsistent rules cause confusion, frustration, anxiety, destruction and sometimes even aggression.

Everyone in the household must know what the rules are for the dog and stick to them.  If your spouse won’t allow the dog in your bedroom, but you allow it when he is out of town, pooch may love you for the moment but be very upset when hubby is back, and he is banned from the bedroom again.

Making Friends on Command

Like you, your dog is quite capable of making his own decisions about who he wants to be friends with and who he doesn’t.  He may adore your attention and affection but not be into it with others.  He may do it to please you.  However, if he shows any signs of discomfort, don’t push it.  Give him the space he needs both with other dogs and new people.

Patting His Head

Dogs rarely like being patted on their heads.  Your dog may allow it because he loves you and he recognizes you as the one in charge.  To a dog, a head pat is generally a threatening gesture.  It is especially true when a person stands over the dog when they do it, vs. crouching down to their level.  Think of it in terms of suddenly being faced with a stranger becoming their master when they don’t want any master other than you.

An Evening in Front of the TV

Your dog may enjoy curling up on the couch with you for a little while but all evening is a definite no-no.  Dogs are desperate for stimulation, and a couple walks each day doesn’t cut it.  He also needs some mental stimulation by playing with you, with or without interactive toys.  Give your dog some stimulating one-on-one time every day.

Staring Lovingly Into Their Big, Brown Eyes

Your dog may have the most wonderful ‘puppy dog eyes’ so you love to look into them.  But from your dog’s point of view, staring into his eyes can make him feel intimidated, uncomfortable and confused.

Giving Great Big Snuggly Hugs

People, and especially kids, love to hug their dogs.  Your dog may put up with it, but it doesn’t mean he enjoys the close contact as much as you do.  Hugging dogs can make them frightened and anxious.  Why?  It restricts their movement so it can feel intimidating.

Hurrying Them While Walking

We see the world through sight and sound but for a dog, sniffing around is the way they stay connected.  He needs to take in all the smells.  Don’t demand he keeps walking briskly with you without a break here and there to sniff around.  Besides, it wouldn’t hurt you to stop and smell the roses yourself.

Waking Them From a Dead Sleep

In regards to being woken from a dead sleep, dogs are just like us.  Do you like being jolted out of sleep?  Well, neither does your dog.  This is even more true of older dogs.  They can sleep more heavily and be really startled and perhaps react poorly if woken abruptly.

New Baby

Dogs don’t generally welcome new additions to their home.  They are seen as a threat.  It is their safe zone, and they are protective of it.  Before you bring a new baby home from the hospital, bring home a blanket your newborn was swaddled in and even a dirty diaper for your pup to sniff.  Give him a chance to adjust his way – through his nose.

Then, when it’s time for baby to be introduced, go slow, stay calm and follow your dog’s comfort level.

 



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