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10 things your dog can't tell you... but he could!

10 things your dog can't tell you... but he could!

     

    10 things your dog can't tell you.
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    We want to be our dogs' best mates, but all too often, people do stuff that their dogs despise unintentionally. Unintentionally, trainers and owners do things that their dogs despise. 

    Jackie Drakeford, a dog trainer, and behaviorist offers advice and recommends some options that your dog would prefer


    I- DON'T PAT ME  ON THE HEAD OR STARE INTO MY EYES

    Dogs' heads are very sensitive, and vigorous patting is extremely irritating to them. It also makes them feel helpless, so if another animal attacked, it will most likely 'disarrn' the dog by attacking his head first. We don't like it when our heads are patted, and dogs are no exception. If you softly massage their sides and chest, they'll trust you a lot more. You should gently smooth their cheeks and ears if they give their faces for caressing, which is a huge compliment.

    Humans can easily out-stare animals, which they despise. Staring may indicate that an assault is about to happen. Border Collies and other herding breeds have a hard stare bred into them to help them move animals, but if they use it on other dogs, it may lead to war. If you want to look into a dog's eyes, do so quietly for a moment and then move your gaze away.


    2- PLEASE LET ME SNIFF

    Walking is an activity for us, and our world is mostly visual. However, for dogs, a big part of the fun of going for a stroll outside is using their incredible sense of smell. They need to review other dogs 'weemails' and read the papers' by seeing what wildlife has been seen recently along the road. Is it still standing? What is going on here? When I see dogs being pulled away from a particularly interesting smell or not being able to leave their own messages, it makes me so sad. Mental activity is just as vital as physical exercise in preserving our dogs' health and happiness. Allowing them to finish a sniff will always result in them looking at you to express how fascinating it is: 'Aye!' Take a whiff of that! : Even if you can't detect it, your dog's body language can sometimes tell you what possibly caused the odor. When you give them time to smell and then accept the contact with you that follows, it's really bonding. This is one way to be a successful business owner!


    3- KEEP ME SAFE AT MEALTIMES

    I've seen dogs attacked and thrown off their food by other household dogs several times, while the owner is either oblivious or does little to stop it. This can cause severe anxiety, which can lead to behavioral and health issues. You'd be upset if another person stole your food every time you tried to feed, so dogs should be fed in areas where they can each eat in peace without fear of losing their meal to another.


    4- DON'T BRING ANOTHER DOG INTO THE HOME WITHOUT CONSIDERING THE UPHEAVAL FOR ME

    Another adult dog isn't always going to be a friend, particularly if he or she has a rough past and feels the need to assert themselves. Many multi-dog households operate under an armed truce, and if there is a serious disagreement, tolerance will never be restored, particularly among bitches.

    It's also possible for the dogs to band together, run amok, and ignore the humans! Puppies pose their own set of problems: adult dogs should not be expected to control or even like the puppy, and they need room and family time away from the sharp-toothed little beast! A resident bitch may sometimes give birth to a puppy, which is very helpful, but the puppies must still be separated for training.

    Much of the time, the dog is only tolerated until he is mature enough to be well behaved around his friends. I've had six dogs with my husband, and I know people who have had ten or more. It is possible, but, like the swan, what appears to be simple sailing conceals a great deal of paddling effort!


    5- DONT'T USE CERTAIN AIR FRESHENERS, POT-POURRI, INCENSE, OR 'FRAGRANT' HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS

    These are repulsive to a dog's incredible sense of smell. Imagine being trapped inside with an unbearable odor that you can't escape. If you enjoy scented items, keep them in designated areas and have an unscented area for your dog to retreat to if he so desires. This also means not using them in the car. You can't tell whether dogs get pounding headaches and feel sick as you would if stuck in a room with strong scents you don't like, so there's a good chance there'll be a lot of physical and mental pain, which may lead to long-term health problems.  Any time my dogs attempt to roll in fox feces, I tell them this!


    6- DON'T GIVE ME FOOD I DON'T LIKE

    Some people compare a dog's digestive system to that of a garbage can — and while this might be true for some dogs, many others are more discriminating. If a dog is adamant that he doesn't like the food you're giving him, pay attention to him and find what he can eat. 

    It might be more costly, but it will save you money on waste and vet costs because you just get out in terms of health what you put in. The dog isn't attempting to persuade you to give him "better food"; note, you don't eat stuff you don't want. When you find a food your dog enjoys, don't be a puritan and try to force him to finish his old food first; donate the rest to a dog rescue organization; some dogs will appreciate it.


    7- I DON'T REALLY LIKE HUGGING

    We are simian and enjoy hugging; dogs, on the other hand, are canine and do not. Normally, dogs can only be kissed and squeezed seconds before being killed by a predator or during mating. However, when it comes to the latter, dogs usually have lengthy courtship rituals that include a lot of checking to see whether the other is receptive, and they are very polite if they are rejected. Many of our dogs have come to embrace human hugging, and since we obviously mean well, some will even enjoy it. 

    If their trustworthy humans give it to them. However, people outside of this community should not presume to be hugged by any dog, and you should be particularly cautious around children who might want to hug because they don't know any better. Photos of very sad dogs being embraced by children abound on social media. Instead, we should advise our children to gently stroke dogs in the direction that their fur lies, to avoid sensitive places, and to always inquire first. All will be healthy and happy as a result.


    8- WHY ARE YOU TELLING ME OFF?

    When you yell at a dog for doing something you don't like, he doesn't understand what you want. He just thinks you've gone flaky, so he provides submissive actions that humans mistake for guilt. It is your responsibility to set up your dogs' lives so that doing what you want is simple and satisfying while doing what you don't want is challenging or impossible. Put away what you don't want to be chewed, give plenty of supervised potties breaks when house-training, and ensure the dog can't get at bins. Good management makes good dogs. 


    9- IT'S TOO NOISY

    When you yell at a dog for doing something you don't like, he doesn't understand what you want. He just thinks you've gone flaky, so he provides submissive actions that humans mistake for guilt. It is your responsibility to set up your dogs' lives so that doing what you want is simple and satisfying while doing what you don't want is challenging or impossible. Put something you don't want to be chewed down, allow for plenty of supervised potty breaks while housetraining, and make sure the dog can't get to the bins. Dogs who are well-managed are more likely to be healthy dogs.


    10- I DON'T WANT TO LIVE WITH PREY SPECIES

    Some dogs thrive in a raucous family setting, while others find it distressing. When their humans yell at the television, play loud video games, or argue, dogs are subjected to a double whammy of noises that both damage their ears and make them feel uncomfortable because their humans seem hostile.

    You will greatly assist the dog by having a safe place for him to escape to when you become too loud, and by using headphones when playing video games or listening to music.


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