Top 15 Things Humans Do That Dogs Hate
A dog is more than just a pet; they are family members and the most loving and loyal creatures. They are easy-going animals that love their human companions. However, despite our love for dogs, we humans occasionally make mistakes that can cause us to annoy dogs. There are plenty of human behaviours that not only irritate your dog but may even leave it anxious and deeply hurt.
Here we will discuss the top 15 things dogs hate about humans and secretly wish you wouldn’t do.
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1. Being Alone
Dogs are social creatures. You make up your dog’s family. Unfortunately, dogs left alone in a home for ten or more hours each day can develop various behavioural and psychological issues, including separation anxiety, excessive barking, digging, destructive behavior, or escaping. They could even lose your house-training skills and ruin your home.
Your dog is a member of your family and needs to spend time with you.
If you work long hours, it’s a good idea to let someone come in and look after your pet. Then, make sure you spend quality time with them when you return. A walk, a round of fetch—whatever makes your dog happy.
2. Strong Fragrances
Unlike us humans, dogs aren’t visual animals; they see the world through their noses. Thus, they sniff anything and everything. A dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 times better than humans, which means their nose is hyper-sensitive to any smell. Although dogs love sniffing things, certain scents that we barely notice could be very irritating to your dog.
The strong scents of your perfumes, incense, cleaning products, air fresheners, etc., can be extremely irritating for dogs and irritate their noses. So, try using these chemical products away from your dog.
It is also suggested to use dog grooming products with an aroma that is pleasant for your dog.
3. Dressing your Dog
The dogs look amazing in clothing and can make excellent photos for your Instagram account. However, they aren’t fans of wearing clothes. Dogs are active creatures, and certain clothes can create obstructions that make it hard to walk.
Additionally, dogs aren’t fond of dresses since they make them feel uncomfortable and embarrassed. Even certain clothes are made from fabric that’s not appropriate for the dog’s skin or isn’t breathable and could make them extremely hot.
When it is cold, you may want to dress your dog for walks, but keep in mind that they have fur to help regulate their body temperature. If you live in a very cold climate and want to wear a jacket, make sure it is breathable and not constricting.
4. Deviating from the Schedule
Dogs are creatures of habit. They become accustomed to the routine and expect certain things to happen at certain times. Try to establish a regular schedule for everything from feeding to playtime. Dogs are dependent on routines and can suffer from anxiety and behavioural problems when they aren’t followed.
If you aren’t following an established routine, it’s essential to create one and stick to it. Feeding, elimination schedules, walking, and playtimes, your dog imprints everything into their brain and hopes that they’ll occur every day without much variation.
Your pooch is a beloved member of your family, and you may want to hug him. But dogs are not like humans, and they do not understand why we are wrapping our arms around them. A hug for them is often viewed as threatening, unpleasant, and they may feel insecure. Your dog might tolerate a hug from a person they trust. Again, however, they feel uncomfortable.
Hugging is not an enjoyable experience for dogs, and people unfamiliar with them should avoid this completely. It could trigger feelings of frustration in your dog. So, rather than hugging, you can pat their back and chest.
6. Interrupted Sleep
Being jolted awake from sleep is never fun for anyone, and that goes for dogs as well. Just like us, they hate being shocked out of a dream. So, it’s best not to try and disturb them while they’re sleeping. That goes especially for older dogs, who tend to sleep more deeply and can get scared by someone appearing suddenly next to them.
If you need to wake them up, do it slowly and gently, in a way that won’t startle them. And it’s a clever idea to teach your kids to do the same thing. That way, everyone can enjoy some peace and quiet — and some uninterrupted dog naps.
7. Trimming Nails
It requires a certain amount of confidence to trim your dog’s nails yourself. If you’re not familiar with the proper technique, it’s best to leave it to a professional. If you cut your dog’s nails too short, you could accidentally cut the blood vessel and nerve that are in the nail. This could result in a lot of bleeding and cause pain for your pet. On the other hand, if the nails are left too long after cutting, they could hinder your dog’s walk and cause discomfort. With long nails, your pooch may even injure themselves unknowingly.
Just like us, our dogs need to be groomed regularly for optimal hygiene. This includes trimming their nails, although dogs typically don’t enjoy this process. To make it less of a hassle (for both you and your pup), try to get your dog used to having his nails trimmed from an early age. This way, he’ll be more likely to cooperative and there won’t be any anxiety or stress involved.
8. Teasing them
Many dog owners and children enjoy teasing dogs, but this can often be distressing for the dogs themselves. Dogs hate being teased because it makes them feel uncomfortable and anxious.
Not only does this reduce the bond of trust between you and your dog, it can also trigger obsessive-compulsive tendencies and other behavioral issues.
They may bark or growl in response to being teased, which can be interpreted as aggression by the teaser.
This can lead to further teasing and even abuse, which is why it’s important to be mindful of how your dog is feeling when you’re playing with them.
If they seem unhappy or distressed, it’s best to stop the teasing and give them some space.
9. Long Eye Contact
For humans, eye contact is a sign of trust. However, it can turn into a threat to dogs’ dominance and can also be a challenge for them. Staring at each other is something that dogs dislike about humans. Your dog can accept eye contact with you, but they won’t be able to tolerate eye contact from an unknown person and may even make a fuss at them. If your dog seems anxious or nervous, it’s best to avoid prolonged eye contact until they are relaxed.
If people are looking to have fun with your dog, ask them to only look into their eyes for a few seconds and then break off.
10. Using long phrases
Dogs can memorise a lot of words, but they do not understand human language. But your body language plays a key role while training your furry friend. The dogs associate the body language with the command, and therefore, they know what we are trying to communicate with them.
So, use words like “sit,” “come”, “stay”, “wait”, “go back”, “lie down”, etc., rather than long phrases and reinforce these words with gestures and body language.
Using long phrases will leave the dog confused and might end up annoying.
11. Petting Dog’s Head
While dogs are fond of being petted, they don’t like being pampered on their heads. They are scared that their privacy may be violated or threatened. Moreover, regardless, they’ll get defensive and try to defend themselves.
Strangers can sometimes find your dog cute and try to pet him on the head. As the dog owner, you should politely tell them to stay back as dogs do not like getting petted on their heads and feel unsafe. They will tolerate it from family members, but they will hate getting patted down by strangers.
12. Forcing them to Socialize
Just like us humans, our pups do not like making every human or every dog their friend. They would love to spend time with those they are familiar with and feel safe and comfortable.
There is merit in pushing their boundaries, but you should keep noticing their body language and stop if you think they are getting too tense. Before lashing out, your dog will give you many cues, so notice their body language and try to avoid people, places, and dogs that make your pooch uncomfortable.
13. Not letting them explore during walks
Sniffing is an essential part of your dog’s walk. So when we rush them on their walk, we are depriving our dogs of the little pleasures they have in life. Dogs require exercise, and they love going for walks. But going for a walk without having the opportunity to explore is no fun at all.
Dogs see the world through their senses, so rushing your dog along the streets without stopping is unkind. Therefore, let them wander until they’ve had enough. Also, add some variety to your walks. Take your dog to various parks, different neighborhoods, and allow them to explore new areas. It will give them the stimulation they need and keep them entertained.
14. Dog hates tight leash
Many dogs hate being on a tight leash because it restricts their movement and makes them feel uncomfortable. It can also be dangerous if the dog is not used to it and tries to pull away, which could lead to them getting hurt.
Dogs typically prefer to be able to roam freely and explore their surroundings, and a leash can prevent them from doing that. If you have a dog that hates being on a leash, try to make walks more enjoyable for them by letting them stop and smell things along the way, and giving them plenty of breaks.
15. Loud Environment
Loud and noisy environments can be pretty overwhelming for dogs. All that noise can be really overwhelming and dogs can get pretty stressed out. If your dog hates noisy environments, it’s important to try to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Most dogs fear loud noises, and any unfamiliar sound may startle them. Some think it’s funny when a dog barks at the vacuum but being exposed to the sound can be a source of torture for them. Yelling at your dog is another way that creates anxiety and stress.
Speak in a calm and reassuring voice and offer treats to encourage your pets. Dogs can also be afraid of thunderstorms and fireworks. You can’t control forces of nature, but you should avoid taking your dog to places where their fears may intensify.