As much as we love our dogs, there are some things that we do that can really get under their fur. So, without further ado, let's dive into the top 5!
Hugging: While humans often show affection by hugging, dogs can find this behavior overwhelming and even threatening. Dogs communicate with body language and physical touch, so being held in a tight embrace can be confusing and uncomfortable for them.
Staring: Eye contact is a powerful form of communication, but it can also be intimidating for dogs. Direct, prolonged eye contact can be seen as a sign of aggression in the canine world, so try to avoid staring at your pup for extended periods of time.
Loud noises: Dogs have sensitive hearing, so loud noises like fireworks, thunderstorms, or even a vacuum cleaner can be terrifying for them. These noises can trigger the fight or flight response, causing your pup to feel stressed or anxious.
Being ignored: Dogs are social creatures and love spending time with their human companions. Being ignored or left alone for extended periods of time can make them feel lonely and anxious. If you can't give your dog attention provide them with some fun enrichment activities.
Dressing up: While it may be cute to dress up your furry friend in a funny costume, dogs often find this behavior uncomfortable and even distressing. Dogs rely on their fur to regulate their body temperature, and adding layers of clothing can cause them to overheat.
While these behaviors may seem harmless to us, they can cause our dogs a great deal of stress and anxiety. By being mindful of these behaviors, we can create a happier and healthier relationship with our beloved pups!