Humans and dogs are known to have been unmistakably drawn to each other. Through time, both species have learned and mastered how to interact with each other in a complimentary and socially harmonious ways. As humans, we set rules and boundaries to regulate our dog’s behavior. In turn, we as pet parents are provided with the undivided affection and loyalty our dogs can offer.
But although we already learned about as much as we can from interacting with our pet dogs, there are still a lot of things that we do not know about them. For instance, do you have any idea about the things that you oftentimes do but your dog hates? Here is a quick list of the things you love doing but your dog ultimately despises.
Dogs don’t want hugs
Hugs are one of human’s ultimate expressions of love and care. We hug people because we love them, we miss them, and we care for them. But no matter how lovely hugs mean for fellow human beings, this could be different for dogs, who might see hugs as a sign of dominance and control.
According to several animal behaviorists, canines have a variety of ways on how they greet each other, none of which involves hugging. For them, putting over one or both legs on top of each other may signify control over somebody, or a competition over scarce resources. It means that when dogs try to wrap their arms with another dog, he is trying to stand over the other to get some control. As such, hugging may make him feel threatened, fearful and uncomfortable.
Not all dogs share the same sentiment, though. Some dogs, especially the more house-trained dogs, are used to human hugs. But for newly-adapted dogs, it is best to observe first his behavior before making that big hug.
Dogs want to explore while walking, not just walk
Oftentimes, pet parents do the mistake of being dull, especially during one of the dog’s most anticipated walks. During your regular walking sessions, your dogs do not just want to walk. He wants to explore the world by smelling as much things as he can. As we all know, dogs see the world not just through his eyes and ears, but also through his sense of smell. A dog’s sense of smell is so strong that it is 1,000 to 10,000 more sensitive that human nose. It is so strong that he predominantly interprets the world through his sense of smell, and preventing him to smell things while walking means preventing him to experience the environment around him.
Taking a leisure “smell walk” with your dog will ensure that he gets as much activity that he needs while keeping his senses stimulated.
Dogs don’t want to be forced to interact with people or pets that they don’t like
Just like humans and other socially adept creatures, dogs have a set of people and other animals who they want to associate with, and there are others who they really don’t want to hang out with. Unfortunately, many pet owners fall into the trap of assuming that their dogs have the ability to interact with all people and pets, making their pet wary, anxious, and sometimes aggressive and violent.
To know if you are pushing your dog too far in trying to interact with other species, you have to know the simple body language cues that would tell that your dog doesn't feel like being around certain other individuals or pets. A lip curl to show his teeth, ears standing sharply, and head held up high are just some of the evident examples that your dog isn't being comfortable with his situation, and that you need to refrain from forcing your dog to interact.
Being a better friend to your buddy requires a give-and-take attitude. As your dog tries to provide you with the affection, love, and dedication that he can provide, you also have to try your best to give the nourishment, guidance, and respect that he needs the most. After all, all successful canine-human relationships are not just founded on being understood, but also on trying to understand as well.