Okay, pet owners. You can always tell when your dog is happy, right: wagging tails and excited,
playful barking speak for themselves? But it’s not so easy to tell why your pooch is sad or even
Let’s try to figure out the most common reasons your fluffy friend might be upset. Starting with:7. You don’t take your dog’s concern of water seriously. Most dogs love swimming in open water
because it makes them feel free. However, even breeds that love swimming in lakes, lying in puddles,
and running through lawn sprinklers might hate taking baths. Dogs don’t like the sound of running
water or the slippery surface. So, if you want to reduce your dog’s stress, place a slip-resistant mat in
the bottom of the tub, give it lots of treats, and compliment it for its good behavior.
6. You hug your dog. It’s natural for humans to show affection by wrapping their arms around
someone’s body. But hey, dogs don’t have arms, so their ways of showing love and support are
different! Imagine a creature three or ten times your size approaching you and squeezing you! A lot
of dogs will take it, especially the traditional family breeds, such as a golden retriever. But most
pooches will feel threatened and uncomfortable if you do so. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz has pointed out
the typical signs of a dog feeling uncomfortable during a hug: ears pinned back, lip licking, yawning
and trying to get away.
5. You yell at your dog. Dogs are scared of loud sounds and can’t understand what you want from
them. If you’re sad with your dog’s behavior, take a particular pose of your choosing, and make an
upset facial expression. If your puppy isn’t yet trained enough to wait for a walk and leaves puddles
on the floor, yelling at it will only make things worse. If you punish your dog physically or yell at it, it
won’t become better trained, it’ll just be afraid of you and sneaky. Chances are, it’ll do the same
thing when you aren’t around.
A 2016 study by the Department of Psychology, Brigham Young University, concluded that dogs can
always tell when people are angry, and they become more hesitant to do what the same people ask
4. You don’t play with your dog enough. If you can’t find enough time to play with your pooch, be
prepared to have it damage a lot of things when you’re not home. Your pet needs to release its
energy, and if you can’t help with this, it’ll find its way. And you won’t like it. Playing with your dog is
important. Activities like running help develop your dog’s physical stamina. And hide and seek, for
example, is good for its intelligence. Rebecca Somerville, the animal behavior specialist at the
University of Edinburgh, explains that a dog playing by itself isn’t a sign that it’s happy. It could be
trying to show you how bored it is and crying for help. Playing together is a great way of bonding and
keeping your pooch content.
3. You leave your pet alone. Dogs are social animals and that they don’t like to be by themselves. Of
course, you can’t spend all your time with your dog, (I wish) but you can decrease the level of its
anxiety. To do so, spend as much time as possible with it when you’re home. Follow a precise
schedule. The animal should understand the time after you leave home and when you return. Buy
completely different toys so that your dog will entertain itself while you’re away.
2. You let strangers pet your dog. If a stranger comes up to your dog and tries to pet it saying, “Aww,
what a cutie!” – The best thing you can do is thank them and politely ask them not to come any
closer. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ilana Reisner explains that your dog’s character or mood can be
different, and even the most sociable and kind dog can be reactive. If you let everyone touch your
dog, you cause it to be stressed out and you stop being a leader in your dog’s eyes. When I say
“strangers”, I don’t mean only humans, but other dogs, as well.
Some owners just love to push their dogs into doggy get-togethers at parks. Now, think of it: do you
personally want to make friends with every human you meet in the street? If your answer is “no”,
then why would your dog’s answer be “yes”?
1. You’re depressed. If you’ve noticed that your dog is sad, pay attention to your state of mind. Your
pet feels your mood, and if you feel bad, your dog can become depressed too. Dr. Wailani Sung
explains Depression isn’t contagious, but when you feel low you pay less attention to your pet or do
it with much less enthusiasm. Your pooch can make your mood better, but you should put in some
effort as well.
Get yourself together and go for a walk with your dog or play with it at the park. And, you’ll do your
pooch a lot of good if you quit smoking. Different studies, including one in 2007 of 30 Yorkshire
Terriers at the University of Brasilia, have shown that dogs suffer from passive smoking, which can
result in serious lung diseases for them.
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