5 Things Dogs Hate

Photo: Cheryl G.

Are you doing things that annoy your dog without even knowing it? Maybe?

Many dog owners love their dogs so much that they hug them tightly, take selfies with them, and stare into their beautiful eyes. Did you ever stop to consider that they don’t enjoy those activities as much as you do or even at all?

5 Things that Drive your Dog Crazy.

  • HUGGING: Many dogs do not enjoy hugging. Placing your arms around a dog’s neck may be perceived as a threat. In the dog world, the intense physicality of a hug can feel dominating.
  • STARING: Although it is human to connect through looking into each other’s eyes, dogs generally stare when their interest is fixed on prey. Even if your dog is used to your staring, definitely don’t stare into a new dog’s eyes.
  • ROUTINE: Dogs crave routine. Conversely, they hate the lack of structure. If you come and go at different times during the week, you may confuse your dog. The more you adhere to a regular schedule, the happier your dog will be.
  • ODORS: In case you didn’t already know, a dog’s sense of smell is about 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than yours. Strong fragrances and chemicals can not only bother your dog but also irritate their noses. Avoid spraying anything around your dog.
  • ISOLATION: Dogs are social creatures and generally hate being left alone. Spend as much time with your dog. Be sure to set a daily routine where your dog can be stimulated physically and mentally.

Do you know of other behaviors that irritate your dog? If so, list them below in the comments section. We would love to hear from you.

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