Many a time things we do as pet parents for our dog may hurt or confuse the animal. The way you communicate with dogs has a lot to do with your dog’s feelings. Make sure to avoid sending hurtful or confusing signals to your furry baby. Instead of punishing your pet, get to understanding the reason behind your pooch’s certain annoying behavior. Keep calm and read below to correct all ways you may be hurting your dog’s feelings albeit inadvertently.
Don’t forget the ‘WE TIME’ you and your dog ought to share: You will surely end up disheartening your pet in the absence of a daily bonding time. Dogs love to spend some quality time with their favorite members of the human family. Even if it just means a 10 to 15 minutes of cuddle time with you on the sofa in front of the television.
Inconsistent rules and commands will confuse the furry fellow: More often than not a puppy’s first brush with rules begins as early as its first day in its new home. As a concerned parent you introduce a set of rules for the little one and acquaint it with certain boundaries it needs to stick by. However you need to remain constant with the rules and not change them as per your convenience every now and then. You taught your dog not to get in your bed but one fine day you decide otherwise. Now your dog tries to get in bed with you for a nap and you scold him for doing so. You just ended up confusing and hurting the poor fellow with contradictory messages.
Don’t punish the dog for accidentally pooping in the house: Your house-broken dog may accidentally poop in the house while you are catering to personal or professional obligations. Sometimes holding for too long say a period of 8-10 hours becomes difficult for the pooch. Even humans cannot go without relieving themselves for such a long period. Therefore it is important to understand that potty or peeing accidents in the house are due to a long absence of toilet break for the pet. Sometimes a physical ailment or some form of anguish may be the reason behind a house trained dog succumbing to such accidents.
Do Not abandon your dog EVER: Dogs are pack animals and separating them from their human family is the worst thing you can do to them. When you bring a dog home, it begins to see you as its entire universe. Its life now revolves around the love and support it anticipates from its human pack. Instead of abandoning or isolating the misunderstood pooch to a backyard of the house, seek help from a professional trainer or animal behaviorist that can work on modifying behavioral problems.
Do not shout at or force a fearful dog to be part of a situation it dislikes: When your dog growls it is simply trying to communicate its fear for something/someone. The best you can do here is to remove your threatened pet from the intimidating situation. Never punish it for growling, rather feel happy about the fact that the pooch is trying to communicate with you about its discomfort. It is also seen that a dog that does not growl, bites without letting out any warning.Apart from growling a dog lets out some more warning signs in the form of tail being tucked in between its legs, ears held flatly downwards, to shiver or crouch, as well as raising its hackles in a response to your dog’s feelings of fear.