dogs always try to be our best friends, but boy do we sometimes make it difficult.
Here are some things we do that can make our dog question if he wants to remain our friend or cut it definitively.
1. USE WORDS MORE THAN BODY LANGUAGE
We are a kind of words. We love to talk, even to our pets, who can not understand most of what we are saying.
Dogs are able to deduce the meaning of some keywords – up, come, toy, out – and maybe even learn hundreds of words as some border collies have shown.
But they can not understand human language as a whole. However, they have evolved to be expert readers of the human body and can find out what you are thinking or feeling, even before you realize that you are doing it.
But we can easily send contradictory messages if we just pay attention to what our mouths are saying and not to what our bodies are saying.
Try to spend a whole day without saying a word to your dog, just communicate with your body. You will realize how much you talk to your body without realizing it.
2. HUGGING IT
While you can love to put your arms around your furry friend, most dogs hate hugs. We as primates think the hugs are incredible and they express support, love, joy, among other emotions.
But the dogs did not evolve in the same way. Canines do not have arms and therefore do not hug. Contrary to what we think, when a dog puts his paw on top of another it is an act of dominance. Many dogs will not be disturbed but some others will feel threatened and may come to react aggressively.
That is why many times when a child hugs a dog usually ends with a bite.
Find out if your dog hates hugs. When you do, watch for tension, brush your teeth or grunt. If so, it is best to avoid it, however, it is not a rule and there are those who tolerate it without any problem.
3. CARRY YOUR FACE OR HEAD
Do you like to pat him on the head? Best to avoid. Let someone come and touch your head, no matter whether lovingly or not, is not something that most of us like. Less when it comes to some stranger. The same goes for dogs.
The reality is that while many dogs tolerate it when it comes to someone they know and trust, most do not enjoy it. You may notice that even the loving dog in the family leans a little and recoils when you try to reach over her face to caress her.
Let him do it because you’re the boss is one thing, but he does not really like it. It is a matter of personal space for both dogs as it is for us.
This is why children should be taught to pet their pet gently on the back or back. If you want to reward it do not go to your face or head, better give a good massage on the back right of your back (tail). Thank you.
4. WALK TO A STRANGE DOG WHILE SEEING YOUR EYES
We all know how powerful visual contact is. Usually it is usually a sign of confidence, but you should keep in mind that eye contact can also be disconcerting, uncomfortable and dominant.
It’s creepy when a stranger looks us in the eye without breaking the contact, especially as he approaches. It’s clear, your attention is set to zero, but what is your intention? It’s exactly the same with dogs, for most of them a stranger comes by looking at them is not a comfortable situation.
If you want to greet a new dog comfortably for both, the focus of your body should be slightly tilted (not square shoulders towards the dog), slightly avoid your eyes, and speak softly, in a soft voice.
All these body language signals will help the dog understand that there is nothing wrong.
5. DO NOT PROVIDE STRUCTURE AND RULES
You might think that having strict rules, makes your dog’s life boring or unhappy. But dogs need to know what to do according to their leader. Children thrive when they have a coherent set of rules to follow.
Think of the well-educated and well-balanced children you know, and spoiled children who lack social skills or use tantrums when they do not get what they want.
With dogs, it’s more or less the same. The rules make life much more predictable, much less confusing and much less stressful.
Dogs thrive when they know where the boundaries are, and when you spend time marking those boundaries well with positive rewards, you are also increasing your confidence in yourself as a leader.
You are setting the conditions for a very happy dog!
6. WALK OUT WITHOUT GIVING YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE AND LOOK
There are walks for walks.
It is certainly important to have a dog that knows how to walk obediently with its leash. However, it is also important to allow a dog to have some time to explore his surroundings while walking.
Dogs see with their noses, and they give as much importance to their sense of smell as humans give to our sense of vision to interpret the world around us. The dogs enjoy the smell of a tree trunk as much as we appreciate a beautiful sunset.
Do your dog a favor and give him daily walks – try to go slow and let your dog know the world with his nose.
7. MAINTAIN IT TO STRIPE, LITERALLY
Just as dogs are amazing readers of our body language, they are also amazing in reading our tension levels, even perceiving it through the strap.
By keeping your dog at bay, you will begin to raise your level of stress, frustration, and excitement …. You probably think, “I do not want to keep it at bay, but I have to do it. “But that’s why it’s so important to teach your dog to walk on a loose leash.
8. BE TENSIVE
The tension on the leash is not the only way a dog can pick up what you feel. You as a human are able to perceive when someone around you is tense. Dogs have the same ability. And we, like them, do not like that feeling.
Remember that your dog acts like a mirror. So the next time your dog is tense, look at yourself before and try to reassure yourself. You may be the reason for your tension.
9. BE ABURISHED
You remember the feeling of having to restrain yourself when you were small, wanting to twist, moan and complain. You could not take part in adult conversations, even if they were boring, and they told you to sit and be quiet and silent. Again, the same thing happens with dogs!
Dogs hate when we are bored. And it’s hard not to be! We come home from work and want to rest, to do things, to have dinner and to relax.
But it’s the most annoying thing we can do to our dogs that have been waiting all day so we can finally play with them.
Now you know. If your dog is getting into boxes or closets, eating his shoes or chewing on the table legs, he is basically demonstrating how incredibly boring he is.
And of course, the walks are still important.
This should be obvious, and it is not worth delving deeply into it. But it’s worth pointing out because too many people still think it’s funny. Do not bark at him as if they were on the street, do not pull his tail.
The list can go on and on, but in the end, do not do something you know will make your dog angry just because you think it’s funny. It is not. And if you insist, you can give rise to some serious behavior problems.