19 Sep | Posted by Lenka Laskova | no comments |
Every dog has traits on his own – just like humans, each dog has a specific set of characteristics, and along with them, their own likes and dislikes. Dogs do their best to be our best friends, meaning that they often compromise and generously put up with human behavior, even when they don’t enjoy common activities as much as us.
Remember how your three-year-old niece pulled your dog’s ears because she found it so amusing, and your dog just let her be? Same, just less obvious, happens with adult humans. Though you probably don’t have any problems with your own dog, it is still not alright to torture the ones we love, even if it’s not on purpose.
On the other hand, approaching other dogs in an inappropriate way might be a challenge. Here’s a list of things you may never think of and dogs find unpleasant in general.
Dogs do not enjoy hugs, especially not from strangers. Placing your arms around a dog’s neck or body may be perceived as a threat. Most dogs tolerate gentle hugs from trusted humans, but that doesn’t mean they actually like them.
A better alternative is to simply pet the dog along the back.
2. People getting in their faces.
Avoid putting your hands in a dog’s face, towering over dogs, and rushing towards them. This is especially important if the dog does not know you well.
3. Rushing through a walk
Dogs enjoy going on walks. Your dog explores the world primarily through scent, then with his other senses (whereas most humans explore the world first through sight). Rushing your dog through a walk without allowing him to stop and sniff (and mark) will result in your dog showing signs of frustration, and eventually, as the frustration develops gradually – may cause melancholy. If you think about it, it’s like someone dragging you by the arm through your favorite shop without allowing you to stop and look at anything. No one likes that.
4. Dressing up
Unless you got your dog used to wear clothing as a puppy, there’s a good chance your dog hates being dressed up. Many dogs will tolerate outfits or costumes, but most don’t enjoy them. Some dogs are fine with simple clothing items like shirts, but loathe wearing things on their heads or feet. Remember that dogs do not have a cooling system as advanced as the one humans have, so putting clothes on them is in most cases a bad idea.
5. Spraying strong fragrances.
In case you didn’t already know it, your dog’s sense of smell is about 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than yours. Strong fragrances and chemicals can bother dogs and even irritate their noses.
It is best to avoid directly spraying your dog with anything (even if your dog needs a medical spray applied, avoid spraying directly in his face). When you use your own products (perfume, hairspray, air fresheners, cleaners, etc.) do so away from your dog and make sure the product is not toxic.