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Five Things Owners Do that Dogs Hate

puppy striped sweater blogFido may be your best friend, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t do anything to get on his nerves. Below are five things owners do that dogs don’t typically love.

1.) Leave them home all alone: By nature, dogs are social animals that need a leader to feel secure. Long periods of separation can lead to anxiety.

2.) Insist on bath time: For most dogs, baths aren’t a pleasant experience. They don’t understand that they’re getting clean, just that water is spraying at them and they’re being covered in the unfamiliar smell of shampoo. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t give your dog a bath, but a treat after bath time might be well deserved.

3.) Not stick to a routine: Dogs are most content when they have a daily routine. If your work schedule and social life is getting a little hectic, your dog may start to experience some anxiety. Try to at least stick to a schedule when it comes to the basics (meals, walks, etc.).

4.) Yell: It might be hard not to get frustrated when your dog has an accident inside or chews up your favorite pair of shoes, but yelling doesn’t help. Dogs don’t like yelling because it sounds scary and aggressive, and they will likely just try to get away from the noise instead of associating it with their behavior.

5.) Treat them like babies: Other than a few exceptions, dogs would much rather walk with their own four feet than be pushed in doggy stroller. Also, a sweater on a cold day for a short-haired dog might be okay, but many dogs don’t enjoy dressing up (although some will tolerate it).

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  • Jordan Walker November 25, 2014, 5:35 pm

    As a dog owner leaving my dog home all alone is what I hate so much. How much more with my dog. I know that he doesn’t like it too.

  • Ed December 2, 2014, 7:36 am

    In my experience, leaving a dog alone is one of the most stressful things you can do. This why I’ve tried to have to do two things. First is kennel-training. If they’re left in their own, secure little house, they are much more contented—this also helps against separation anxiety (particularly if you leave a piece of clothing bearing your scent in their with them). Otherwise, having more than one pet they can react with will settle them. Although I know it’s impractical, or impossible for many, having 3 dogs has proved to be the ‘golden’ number for lazy, lie around the house, contentment. The single-child standard poodle of a neighbor would go ballistic when it saw us out walking; my 3 boxers would just stand quietly and watch it bark and bounce by. My youngest, a female, would sit, then lie down, as if she were just bored with the same, ole poodle performance.

  • Ruth December 2, 2014, 9:38 am

    In many countries you can take your dog anywhere. Cafes, stores, Pubs etc. the dogs seam less stressed and so do their owners.

  • Yvette December 2, 2014, 11:05 am

    I agree with all four of these. Fortunately, both my husband and I work on the same property as our home so, for the most part, the dogs don’t have to spend a lot of time alone. We always stick to a food routine and if we are out of town, our friends keep that routine also. They aren’t allowed to eat before their head honchos are finished with their meal.
    I just can’t see dressing our critters up in costumes. I did put a Santa hat on my Jodi once. She looks so disgusted and humiliated. Picking them up is not an option with a German Shepherd but both my husband and I feel a dog should walk on it’s own.
    There’s my three cents worth.

  • Carol Jancey December 9, 2014, 6:57 am

    We have 2 large 3 year old labradors who need a ton of exercise. While they get many daily walks and a trip to Pet Smart and the dog park on the weekend, its still not enough so we take both of them to doggie daycare 2 days a week. They absolutely love it and the days in between they are so tired that they just chill. Its an expense but worth it for us and them!

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