Do You Bug Your Dog?

Have you ever wondered if there are things that you do that drives your dog nuts?

Well it turns out there are!



I was crushed to find out that hugging is at the top of the list.  I love hugging and mushing my dog, but now I realize he's just been tolerating me. He doesn't see it as an act of pure love-but that I'm actually dominating and threatening!

Getting in a dog's personal space and eye contact

They actually see this as a challenge, not a loving gesture.

Not letting a dog sniff on walks

Not letting a dog stop, sniff, and mark on walks is just unkind. Imagine how you would feel being rushed through one of your favorite stores.

Being yelled at

Dogs sense our emotions. It's upsetting and confusing when they are yelled at. Loud voices, music and noises are also upsetting to pups. Training with positive reinforcement is the only way to teach wanted behaviors.

Dress Up

Dogs actually do get embarrassed and don't hate me for saying this-but dressing them up is not fun for your pooch.  If you do dress them up, don't laugh at them. It's humiliating. Some dogs tolerate dressing up but hate having stuff on their heads and feet.

Strong Scents: fragrances and doggy deodorizers

Dogs have about 3 million scent receptors ( humans have about 6 million). They use their sense of smell to gather information so fragrances and chemicals irritate their noses. The only information they get from this is a yeck!


Scented shampoos are the worst. They hate smelling like cucumber melon balls. For some, the sound of running water and the sensation of being submerged feels uncomfortable and scary.

Lack of routine and rules

Dogs actually like routines and rules. When their world is predictable they feel more confident. for example they like their walks and to be fed at the same time of day.

Being alone or ignored

Some dogs are comforted by the presence of other pets, however they most crave time with her human companions.

Petting on the head

If you want to connect with a dog, they're back and belly are typically their choice parts.

Now that you know all this, maybe you won’t bug your dog as I apparently was bugging mine!