Although this is a human term of affection – often for dogs, it is anything but that. Sometimes they see the act of putting your arm around their body and neck as a threat, especially if the person is a stranger. Obviously not all dogs are this way – some love the affection, but it is best to get to know your dog’s body language. If they lean away from you, avert their eyes or show any sign of uncomfortable behaviour – your dog is not a fan of hugs
2. Getting In Their Personal Space
We stroking a dogs face and head because they’re just so cute but this can be seen as threatening behaviour. Rushing up to them and towering over them could come across as provocative behaviour which is what you don’t want. It is best to approach a dog slowly and let them come to you.
3. Yelling And Harsh Punishment
Obviously no-one wants to be yelled at, and dogs will not understand what you’re saying anyway! But, they do understand your emotions and can become scared because of your tone. The best way to correct your dog’s behaviour is by rewarding them when they’re good so they know that they’ll be treated when they act the way you want them to.
4. Not letting A Dog Sniff Things When On A Walk
Dog’s don’t just enjoy the exercise they get on walks – this is their chance to explore the world around them. Although we obviously don’t want them to sniff anything dangerous that could harm them – we should always let them explore, and just keep a close eye on what they’re doing.
5. Lack Of Routine And Rules
If your dog is acting up, its all down to you. Dogs need a routine, just like a child! Feeding them at the same time everyday and taking them for regular walks will make them and you a lot happier.
6. Forcing A Dog Into An Uncomfortable Situation
Whether you’re going to the vets, or your dog doesn’t like a certain person – trying to pull them a long will just make them even more stressed. Try using treats as a way of approaching the situation by gradually easing your pet into it.