7 Annoying People Peeves Your Dog Hates (But Can’t Tell You To Stop)
Oh, if only dogs could talk. I bet they’d go on about all the things that humans do that they just can’t stand. But hey, we just can’t help ourselves! Even though dogs don’t speak human, there are a few things we know that they’d like us to stop doing. Here’s a list of their demands:
I Will Love Him and Hug Him and Call Him George
Sure, we’d like to believe that our dogs love getting scooped up in our arms as much as we love scooping them up. The reality, though? Most dogs would rather be loved in a more arms-off manner. Skip the hugs and give your pup a pat down instead.
Running the Monster Vacuum
What the hell, humans?! Why do you insist on chasing that loud, scary monster around the living room carpet every few days? Truth: If our pets stopped shedding, we wouldn’t have to vacuum so much. Since that’s not going to happen, we have to run the monster, er, vacuum. Make it easier on your pup; give him a food-stuffed toy to work on in another room.
Staring Them Down
Continuous eye contact is a human thing. And it makes dogs uncomfortable. Teach your dog to look at you on cue, but don’t force her to sustain it. It’s creepy.
Rushing a Walk
Dogs sniff. Sniffing is their jam. By rushing a walk and not allowing them to sniff, we’re taking away what is arguably the best part of the walk for them. Break walks into two components: sniffing time and exercising time.
Blowing in Their Faces
If your dog is into that, great! If not, and most aren’t, cut it out. If you’re doing it to be silly, find a less annoying behavior. If you’re doing it to get your pup’s attention, consider teaching a “look” cue instead.
This one is harder to control, but try to contain them when there’s a pooch in the vicinity. Loud sneezes startle even the steadiest dogs. Diminish the sound: Grab a tissue. Step out of the room. Sneeze into your elbow. You should be doing those things anyway. It’s just good manners.
Talking in a Baby Voice
We took a dog training class with a woman who insisted on talking in a squeaky, high-pitched baby voice, “Oh, good job Boo-Boo! Who’s a good Boo-Boo?” The other dogs would squirm, cry, lose focus and, in the case of one fearful German Shepherd, climb into his person’s laps. Dogs hear sounds much more acutely than we do, especially at higher pitches. Curb the baby talk, and you’ll probably notice your dog get a bit calmer (and a lot less strange looks from other humans in the room).
Maggie Marton is the definition of “crazy dog lady” and an award-winning writer based in Bloomington, Indiana. Obsessed with dogs, she writes for numerous pet-related publications and is active in animal welfare. Recently, she launched her first eBook, Authentic Blogging, to inspire others to write with their own voice. When she’s not reading about dogs, writing about dogs or walking dogs, she loves to hike and nap—both activities usually with her dogs. Maggie lives with her husband, John; Emmett, a pit mix; Lucas, a shepherd mix; Cooper, a pit mix; and Newt, the lone kitty (who, of course, runs the show). You can find her online at OhMyDogBlog.com, on Twitter and Instagram.
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