Did you know that when dogs dream, they are most likely reliving their experiences with us? According to a Harvard study, the sounds dogs make while dreaming are a reaction to either making us happy or annoying us. Since our dogs’ lives basically revolve around us, if they aren’t provided enough time with their humans or they receive unwanted punishment, they’re probably getting their feelings hurt.
Here are five ways you may be unknowingly hurting your pups’ feelings.
Skimping on Playtime
While you can’t give your pup attention 24 hours a day – even though you’d like to – denying them of one-on-one playtime will most certainly hurt their feelings. It doesn’t necessarily have to be an hour-long session – a simple 10-minute game of fetch, walk around the block, or snuggle time on the couch will do the trick.
Punishing Them For Accidents
It’s one thing if your dog isn’t housetrained, but if you’re gone from 8 to 5 every day your dog probably has to go to the bathroom at least once during that time. If they’re housetrained and have an accident in the house, don’t rub their nose in it or punish them. In fact, accidents can be a sign of physical illness or distress. Yelling at them or rubbing their nose in it will not teach them anything – it’ll just hurt their feelings and teach them to fear you.
Dogs thrive on routine. And when their routine changes, they tend to get disoriented or confused. For example, if you don’t want your dog sleeping with you in the bed but you let them do so when you’re sick, yet punish them when they do it again, you’re being inconsistent. Your pup will get confused and eventually get their feelings hurt because they don’t know what you want from them.
When a dog cowers, raises their fur, flattens their ears, tuck their tails, or growls, they are not happy about a certain situation. To help make them feel comfortable again, they’ll need to be removed from the situation. Punishing or yelling at them will only make the situation worse. Dogs exhibiting fearful behavior could be mistaken for aggression and aggression can be mistaken for fear. If you feel this is the case, contact a professional.
Isolating Them From The Pack
Keeping your pup isolated from you is one of the worst things you can do. Some untrained or misunderstood dogs are often kept in the backyard or in a kennel separate from the family, but that only makes matters worse. While your dog doesn’t have to be with you every second of the day, make sure to include them in family activities and show them some love! They’ll certainly appreciate it.
Dogs want to make us happy just as much as we want to make them happy. Don’t hurt their feelings by doing one of these five things! After all, the last thing dog parents want to do is upset their pups.