10 Things You Do That Your Dog Hates

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Although our canine friends love us unconditionally, there is a number of things you probably do that are driving your dog nuts. In order to keep Fido as your best friend, you need to know what these nasty and annoying habits are and try to get rid of them as quickly as possible.

1. Yelling At Him

Make sure you stop yelling at your dog and try switching to body language. We have evolved over time and became a primarily vocal species.

We simply love talking to and about other people, sometimes even behind their backs, but we need to understand that our pets respond better to body language and physical manifest of emotions, than to verbal communication.

Dogs are able to figure out the meaning of some key words we use daily (words like sit, stay, walk, treat, toy, off…), but they are not capable of completely understanding human language and all the messages it conveys. What they are true experts at, hoever, is being able to read our body language and decipher exactly what you’re thinking and feeling just by reading your body.

So next time you want to yell come! at your dog, try leaning forward and summoning him with your hand instead. It will work like a charm.

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Marina1327
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going to disagree on the hugging…my dogs, all except one who is still learning to adjust to being around humans, love to be hugged. My one pitbull hugs everyone, every chance she gets.

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Definitely! My dog nuzzles up to me, clearly wanting me to nuzzle back to him. I hug him and he relishes this, pushing his body harder into mine. If that ain’t hugging back, what is?

Indian Andy
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Indian Andy

Yes, our overgrown Lab crawls up in our laps to be hugged.

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Short Cake

On the one hand these were good to read and help me know what not to do, but the slide show is frustrating, and some of these could have used showing us an alternate way of doing things. For example dogs hate hugs, and the section goes on to say “find another way to show your dog that affection.” That was annoying. What ways can we show affection to a dog in the way that he or she feels supported and cared for? If we don’t know that hugging and patting on the head is something a dog hates chances… Read more »

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The Blogging Queen

That is a VERY good point. I agree.

doesnotmatter4real
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doesnotmatter4real

You don’t need to listen to this dribble. All dogs are different. Some even have social issues. You can see what a dog wants or doesn’t want just by paying attention. Don’t be afraid of dogs they are inherently loving sentient beings. Just treat them with love and you will receive love back.

fred
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fred

My dog likes to play with every body and i dont like that.

fred
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fred

So what do i do to stop that?

Sophie Crosswell
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Sophie Crosswell

brilliant list, but the hugging? im gonna have to disagree, my eldest dog even nudges his head under my arm to get a cuddle and a tummy rub. and both of mine love everyone who theyre allowed to curl up in their arms and have a snooze.

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I have to agree. Every night when I went to bed, my puppy would hug me and lick my left ear. It was always my left ear, never my right ear. And he understood many words. I would tell him to gt his yellow ball, and he would get his yellow tennis ball. If I told him to get his red ball in the kitchen, he would go there to get his hard rubber ball with the bell in it. He also knew what his red Kong was and I never had to put food in it. He was just… Read more »

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Martine

Dogs like it when you are the boss. They are animals, not politically correct non human Americans. They want to feel like you are strong and in control. If the dog wants to play, and you do what he wants, he will simply assume that bye is the boss of YOU. Dogs are calmer if you exhibit understandable reactions like aggression and anger at their disobedience.

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My dog loves hugs. Not only getting hugs, giving them too.
We can’t say the H.U.G. word in our house unless we want to be hugged by a 93 pound lab/poodle cross (sorry, can’t say labradoodle)

Connie
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Not so, I’ve had many dogs in my life and nearly all of them like to be hugged, in fact several of them would literally hug me. I have one who sits on my la and will reach up and put her front legs around my my neck and hug her face next to mine and give kisses. I have another who before she goes to sleep will lay across me and hug my neck before she lays down. I have even taught them to give hugs and they do. No, I wouldn’t recommend doing this with a dog you… Read more »

mike1978
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mike1978

This story is wrong in many ways. As for the hugging, that depends on the dog. When I was only 2 or three, my dog would walk up to me and lean on me until I gave her a hug.

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Ur wrong dog notebook

Dogs actually love eye contact it releases a chemical that makes them happy