You can always tell when your dog is happy and excited, right. So those are some of the things you do
with your dog that make him feel sad, and you need to change immediately
You haven’t set a daily routine and rules for your dog. Your dog has its biological clock, which is why a
routine is so important. Dogs want, and even need, rules to follow! Consistency makes the world
predictable to them, so they become more confident and less stressed. Try to feed, walk, and train
your dog at the same time every day. Having a daily routine doesn’t mean avoiding fun altogether.
Dr. Debra Primovic recommends that you include “quality time” with your pet within that fixed
routine. It can be something basic like sitting next to each other and watching TV. Every so often, you
can let the dog pick the shows to watch together. Just a few days after you’ve started practicing a
daily routine, you’ll notice that your dog has become happier.
You like to dress up your dog. If you haven’t trained your dog to wear clothing since it was a puppy,
you’ll find it difficult to dress it at an older age. It’s OK to put a sweater or a coat on your dog during
walks if you have a toy breed or a breed with short hair. Your best bet is a blend of washable wool
and cotton or acrylic. However, if you have a Siberian husky, Malamute or some other breed with a
dense coat, you don’t need to bother with a sweater. And, hats and costumes are uncomfortable for
any breed. And they just look dumb.
You use words more than body language. In 2018, a group of veterinarians at the University of Bari
did a comprehensive study on Communication in dogs. They don’t deny that in over 30,000 years of
living with humans, dogs have gained certain communication skills to understand their owners.
They’ve mastered basic commands such as walk, treat, toy, and the like, but still, they don’t speak
the human language! They rely on your body language to try to figure out how you feel or what you
When you do confuse things – such as tell your pup to “stay” and lean toward it stretching your
hand forward, it gets upset because it doesn’t know if you want it to stay, or come closer. So try
communicating more with your body when talking to your pet instead of trying to chat with it.
You tease your pet. Have you ever barked back at a barking dog? Yeah. Or maybe pulled on a dog’s
tail? Nah. Or, better yet, you show a treat to a dog and then hide it, or eat it yourself (if it’s not dog
food, of course). Guilty. Remember this: what’s funny for a human, can be hurtful and offensive for
an animal. According to the Whole Dog Journal, teasing your pet won’t help mutual understanding
and can cause an obsessive-compulsive behavior and other problems.
You pull on your dog’s leash. Your dog can not only read your body language, but also the leash
tension levels. When you pull it, you signal that you're tense, nervous, or on alert, causing stress. You
shouldn’t let your dog drag you around either; if your pet isn’t listening to you, stop. As soon as the
leash loosens and the dog looks at you, you can continue your walk. Don’t forget to take treats with
you to encourage your dog’s good behavior. A leash that’s too short also makes the animal nervous.
If you let your dog walk on a long leash, you make it clear that everything is under your control and
there’s no danger.
This way, it’ll be easier for you to walk your dog because it won’t feel constant tension. Let your dog
sniff around! In 2015, an international group of researchers headed by Birte Nielsen studied the role
odors play in a dog’s life. They concluded that it impacts their behavior and wellbeing! A walk for a
dog isn’t just a time when it can relieve itself; it’s also an opportunity to get to know the surrounding
territory. Many times, dog pee on things to leave information. Other dogs come by, sniff where the
prior dog went, get the information, and then also pees there. Yeah, it’s like Facebook. The first dog
leaves a post, and others comment on it. That’s why your pet can become upset if you drag it away
from trees and curbs all the time.