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Pet Peeves: Seven Human Habits Dogs Can’t Stand

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

If you know a dog, then you’re already aware that they are some of the most loving and loyal animals on the planet.

Dogs will stick by their people through thick and thin, and are known for showing their love in dozens of different ways, from simply giving you puppy kisses to saving their owners’ lives.

Dogs, we can all agree, are heroic, charming, and wonderful. That said, what you might not realize is that they are polite, to a fault.

It might sound like an odd claim, considering we are talking about animals that will happily scarf down a whole Thanksgiving dinner if your back is turned, but dogs are very polite about certain things, mostly about being very tolerant when humans do things they don’t like.

That’s why we’re here to talk about all of the pet peeves that dogs are too courteous to tell you about.

Read on below to learn which common human habits annoy dogs the most!

Your Dog Loves You, But...

Your Dog Loves You, But...
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Your pup knows that you’re her family.

She loves you to the ends of the Earth and back again, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t occasionally get on her nerves.

It’s just like any other close relationship; most of the time, she adores you, but you have a few bad habits that just tweak her tail.

Pooch Pet Peeve #1: You Hug Too Hard

Pooch Pet Peeve #1: You Hug Too Hard
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Humans love to hug, cuddle, and nuzzle, but dogs aren’t such big fans.

A recent study published in the New York Times showed that 82 percent of dogs being hugged in photos show signs of stress.

That doesn’t mean your dog resents you every time you hug her, it just means that she tolerates it for your sake, but would really rather not.

Just like a toddler might get fussy after too much attention, your pooch would prefer to cuddle without the confinement of your arms around her.

Pooch Pet Peeve #2: You Use Your Words

Pooch Pet Peeve #2: You Use Your Words
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Normally, using your words is considered a good thing, especially when it comes to interpersonal interactions.

With your dog, however, it mostly just leaves her mystified and confused, and annoyed that she can’t pick up what you’re putting down.

Your dog likes hearing a soothing voice talking to her, but she doesn’t understand praise or admonishment when it just comes to her as words.

Make sure to add some tone, gestures, or petting to help her understand and feel like she’s doing a good job obeying.

Pooch Pet Peeve #3: You’re In A Rush

Pooch Pet Peeve #3: You’re In A Rush
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There are going to be days in every dog owner’s life when you just aren’t in the mood to take your pooch for a walk, but you have to anyway.

It’s OK to have those days from time to time, but try not to let your dog know.

Her walk is her daily adventure and a reward for behaving well; she should look forward to it!

Take care to give her a moment to sniff at interesting spots to keep her happy and fulfilled by the exercise.

Pooch Pet Peeve #4: You’re In Your Own Head

Pooch Pet Peeve #4: You’re In Your Own Head
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As we mentioned earlier, dogs love their humans dearly.

If you’re spending your time focusing entirely on your own thing, your pup might start to feel lonely and bored, which can lead to bad habits.

There are definitely times when you both want your space, but if she’s really begging to play, either gently and firmly tell her no and give her a puzzle toy to play with, or take a break from your own project to throw her a bone, literally!

Pooch Pet Peeve #5: You Don't Give Her Space

Pooch Pet Peeve #5: You Don't Give Her Space
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Lots of people think of dogs as their babies.

There’s nothing wrong with doting on your pup a bit, but don’t pick her up off the ground too often.

Just like a human baby grows up and wants to be independent, dogs should be comfortably running around on their own four feet.

If you hold her all the time, she’ll either get cranky with you, or grow dependent, timid, and a bit spoiled.

Pooch Pet Peeve #6: You Tease Too Much

Pooch Pet Peeve #6: You Tease Too Much
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Nobody likes being teased, and that includes pooches big and small.

If you’re going to play tug-of-war, it’s important to do it right, and make sure that your dog knows the rules and isn’t too aggressive.

By the same token, you can’t dangle a toy over her head or tease her with a treat, and then not reward her.

If she doesn’t win sometimes, it will stop feeling like play to her, and feel more like a punishment or an aggressive competition instead.

Pooch Pet Peeve #7: You Push Her Into Playdates

Pooch Pet Peeve #7: You Push Her Into Playdates
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Just like people, dogs have social groups, friends, and, of course, frenemies.

When your dog truly enjoys the company of another dog, you’ll know because they’ll play happily together.

If she seems disinterested in the other pup, she might prefer different company, even if the other pup’s owner happens to be your bestie.

If you observe that she seems bored or, worse, aggressive, don’t push the friendship; let her find other friends organically and hang with your own pals without the pups.

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