It’s safe to say that you and your dog are best buds. No one can argue about your special connection. However, you two are different species. So there are some moments when your pooch may feel like you’re not quite feeling their vibe.
That’s why we’ve come up with a list of 6 things that your dog feels that sometimes you don’t understand so you can both get on the same page!
- “Speak in Dog, Please”
Do you ever have those moments when you’re trying to give your dog a command, but no matter how many times you raise your voice, they just won’t listen? Well, that’s because they don’t speak English. They may understand the tone of your voice, but without body language, they may just look at you with a dumbfounded expression. If you ever have trouble giving your pet commands, try matching a hand gesture with each one so your dog can have a visual cue too. For example, if you want your pup to sit, point to the ground while speaking.
- “Is it Dinner Time?”
Whenever you’re in the kitchen, you may find your pup standing behind you giving you the puppy eyes. While this may seem endearing, your dog might be thinking that it’s dinnertime, even after you’ve just fed them. This may turn into a discipline issue, especially if they get in your way or if they become aggressive. Teach your pet a signal to make them leave the room or to stay in a spot that’s safe and away from you. If they do the right thing, feel free to give them a treat afterwards.
- “That Walk Was Quick”
Your dog may love going on walks with you, but if you’re one of those people who likes to jog or only has time for a quick walk around the block, your dog may not be able to stop and smell the roses…or anything, for that matter. Going on walks isn’t just exercise for dogs; it’s also their time to go out and explore their world. You wouldn’t like it if your friend wanted to go home after spending five minutes at the shops. Even if you’re just walking around the block, let your dog embrace their surroundings. They may sniff around or go to the toilet. As long as you still have them on your lead, let them have a good time while you’re walking.
- “Well This Is No Fun”
After a long day at work, all you want to do is cook dinner, watch TV and go to bed. However, while you’ve had a busy day, your dog has been sitting at home waiting for you to come back and do something fun. But if you neglect them, your pup may get a little stir crazy and act out in different ways, like chewing up your shoes or hiding in your wardrobe. If you’re unable to take them for a walk, spend at least 15-30 minutes playing training games like teaching them commands or hiding something for them to find. That way they’re stimulated and learning some obedience skills.
- “Please Don’t Be Mad”
Dogs respond easily to the tone of your voice and body language. So if you’re acting tense after having a bad day, your dog is likely to absorb all that negative energy and become tense themselves, which could make them aggressive. However, dogs are the perfect medicine for a bad day. Take some time to relax and let them know you’re okay. Lie down on the couch, give your dog a pet and maybe even do some meditating together. Your pooch is the master of the downward facing dog, after all.
- “P.S, I Love You”
To your pooch, you’re their entire world. You’re their chef, maid and playmate. While you may have a life away from your pup, your dog feels differently. That’s why it’s common for them to feel lonely whenever you’re not around. This could lead to more acting out. If this is an issue for you, there are a number of ways you can improve this. Leave out some toys, talk to a trainer for some tips, or drop off your pup at a friend’s or a doggy day care. As long as you always come home, they won’t miss you for very long.
No matter what happens, you and your pooch will still be the best of friends. With these tips, your relationship can only become even stronger!
What are some issues you and your dog struggle through? Comment below and let us know!