13 Things Humans Do That Dogs Dislike

“If you have a dog as a family member, it’s likely there are behaviors he engages in that drive you up a wall. Maybe he always covers you with love—and his fur!—right after you get dressed in your best, or he always paws at the door to be let out at five in the morning. But it’s just as likely that you engage in behaviors that drive your dog nuts. Let’s look at it from your pup’s perspective and explore the top things humans do that dogs hate.”

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We love our dogs so much that it hurts us to think we could be doing something that makes them uncomfortable, sad, or scared.

And they love us so much in return–and are so loyal–that sometimes, they don’t make it obvious when we’re doing something that bothers them.

Since they can’t tell us what’s wrong, we’ve compiled a list of things 13 things that humans sometimes do that dogs don’t actually like. But lucky for us, our favorite fuzzballs always find a way to forgive us–because that’s just who they are.

1. Hugs

This is not to say that all dogs hate hugs. Some particularly affectionate dogs will happily bask in any love that comes their way. But for most dogs, wrapping them in your arms may be interpreted as a sign of dominance, and can make them feel trapped. Many dogs will tolerate hugs from those they love and trust, but it doesn’t mean they like it.

Observe the pup’s body language: pinned ears, stiff posture, and a tense expression means the dog is not enjoying the embrace as much as you are. It is also VERY important to teach children not to hug dogs, especially ones they do not know. This lesson could prevent serious injuries!

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