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You could be doing things to your dog which is annoying it without realizing the consequence of your actions. Dogs tolerate human behavior as they are generally easygoing and tolerant. There are some activities you do that your dog secretly hates. Some are quite obvious as it struggles when you want to take it for a bath. Your dog may even be visibly depressed or upset when it does not like what you are doing.
Observation is key
Some activities, however, could be beyond the tolerance of
even the most laidback of dogs. You could argue on a few of them, like taking
the canine to a veterinarian. There are a lot of problem activities other than
that from the view of your dog. Do remember that not all dogs are the same. A
few dogs could enjoy a particular activity while others could vociferously hate
it. The key to knowing what your dog likes or dislikes is careful observation.
Do not hug or prod
One of the frequent crimes people do to their dogs is to hug
them. The reality is that dogs hate to get hugged, especially when it comes to
strangers. To your dog, the presence of your arm around its body or neck is a
sign of aggression. Yes, dogs tolerate this activity from their owners as they
are familiar. This does not imply dogs like to be hugged. If you want to show
affection to your dog, allow the canine to be cuddled the way it likes. Pet it
along the chest or the back. Do note that some dogs would love nothing more
than to be hugged. Carefully observe the body language of your dog when you
lean in to hug him. If it averts eyes and moves the body away, it is
uncomfortable. The other signs are licking its lips, worried look, and yawning.
If your dog does any of this, do not try to hug it.
Whatever you do, it is not
in any way a good idea to put your hands on your dog's face. Substitute
yourself in your dog's position and think about how you feel if someone puts
his or her hand on your face. Do not tower over your dog or rush towards it.
This is important if the dog does not know you well. If you have to prod and
poke the dog for its good, like brushing its teeth, do the activity slowly and
be gentle. Reward the dog with treats or praise during the activity. In case
your dog exhibits aggressively fear signs or acts, do not proceed in that
activity. If you do not, there is an even chance that you may get bitten.