Dogs may be man’s best friend, but there are some behaviours they could do without.
You may not even be aware just how much your actions can drive them up the wall.
Here are five things you may want reconsider doing:
While we love sharing affection with our dogs, our furry friend may not agree. In the dog world, they can read this as a sign of dominance.
While some will keep their cool, others may become anxious and lash out. Observe any change in behaviour to see whether or not your pet appreciates a little hug or two.
2. Less talking, more action
Cues are just what your furry friend loves.
If you rely heavily on words to guide your dog, it can be difficult for them to interpret what they are meant to be doing.
They are experts at understanding your thoughts and feelings just be reading body cues.
The general rule of thumb is to provide more bodily actions instead of using complicated human language.
3. Petting their heads
While your dog may generally accept a simple pat on the head, most do not enjoy it.
Just like humans, dogs don't like having their personal space invaded.
Opt to reward and pat them on their backs instead, they’ll love you all the more for it.
4. Forcing them to interact with other dogs and people
It’s not all sunshine and daisies in the doggie world.
While it is good to socialise your pet with other dogs, it is best to not force a friendship with your friend or neighbour's dog if they do not get along. This also includes forcing them to interact with human friends they may not particularly like.
5. Strict walks
Going for walks is one of your pets favourite things to do.
When walking them it is important to give them some time to acknowledge their surroundings. This includes waiting for them to finish smelling whatever is occupying their sense of smell at the time.
Don’t rush every walk, and dedicate at least one of your sessions to a slow walk that allows them to make the most of the world.
Also, using a tight leash can displease your canine so be sure to not force them around when walking them.