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9 Things Your Dog Hates That You Probably Do

We adore our dogs, but sometimes we unknowingly do things that drive them crazy. Our best intentions can sometimes lead to stress for our pups. Take a look at the common mistakes we make and learn how to keep our dogs happier and more relaxed.

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Hugging Them

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While some dogs may tolerate hugs, many feel trapped and uncomfortable when restrained this way. Dogs often prefer other forms of affection like gentle petting or belly rubs.

Using Strong Scents

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Dogs have a powerful sense of smell, and strong scents like perfumes or cleaning products can be overwhelming and unpleasant for them. Stick to mild, pet-safe products.

Dressing Them Up

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Putting your dog in clothes can be uncomfortable and restrictive, causing them stress and irritation. Only use dog clothes if necessary for warmth or protection, and make sure they fit well.

Forcing Social Interactions

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Not all dogs enjoy meeting new people or animals. Forcing them into social situations can cause anxiety and stress. Let your dog approach new encounters at their own pace.

Not Letting Them Sniff

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Sniffing is how dogs explore their world. Rushing them on walks and not allowing them to sniff can be frustrating for them. Allow your dog time to sniff and investigate their surroundings.

Yelling at Them

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Raising your voice can scare and confuse your dog, making it harder for them to understand what you want. Use a calm and assertive tone instead of yelling to communicate effectively.

Ignoring Their Boundaries

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Just like people, dogs have personal space. Ignoring their signals and invading their space can make them feel uncomfortable. Respect their boundaries and recognize when they need space.

Inconsistent Rules

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Changing the rules or being inconsistent with commands can confuse your dog and make it difficult for them to learn proper behavior. Be consistent with rules and training to help them understand expectations.

Leaving Them Alone for Too Long

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Dogs are social animals and can become lonely and anxious if left alone for extended periods without human interaction or mental stimulation. Ensure they have company, toys, and activities to keep them occupied.

How To Cut Black Dog Nails

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Trimming your furry friend’s nails can be a daunting task, especially when they have dark nails. The fear of cutting too close and causing pain can be nerve-wracking. But with the right approach and some expert guidance, you can confidently and safely trim your dog’s black nails, ensuring their comfort and paw health.

Read it Here: How To Cut Black Dog Nails

10 Tips For Managing Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

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If your dog gets anxious when you leave, you’re not alone. Many pet owners face the challenge of managing their dog’s separation anxiety. It can be tough seeing your best friend distressed, but there are effective ways to help them cope. Let’s walk through some practical tips to ease your dog’s anxiety and make your departures less stressful for both of you.

Read it Here: 10 Tips For Managing Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety

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