Dogs can't handle too much chatter.

Dogs can’t stand these 10 things at all

Germany – Dogs are loyal, obedient and (usually) very tolerant of everything their master does? But there are limitations and things that dogs don’t like at all. We’ve got ten biggest mistake in dealing with our favorite pet.

1. Constant talking

Dogs can’t handle too much chatter. © Unsplash/Dominik QN

While humans communicate primarily with words, dogs rely particularly on the body language of their conspecifics.

If the dog is talked at all day, it often cannot cope with this sensory overload.

After all, he does not know what behavior is expected of him.

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The result: the dog reacts stressed and cannot rest. Or he simply switches off the background noise and no longer hears it even when he is actually supposed to react to a command.

If you want to do your dog a favor, don’t talk to him all the time. Instead, stay calm and trust your body language. Even wordless cuddles are very well received by your four-legged friend. You appear to dogs like a confident pack leader that they are only too happy to follow.

2. Boredom in the dog

Bored dogs often do nonsense.

Bored dogs often do nonsense. © Unsplash/Justin Veenema

Dog owners keep complaining that their dog has trashed their home. The sofa cushion was torn to shreds, furniture was gnawed on, or the contents of the trash can were scattered across the home.

You can only blame the animal to a limited extent.

Because often this destructive behavior is just an expression of boredom.

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Dogs that are kept busy through sports and games, but also intellectual activity, often lack the desire and energy to throw the house into chaos.

In order to challenge the dog sufficiently, you should make its everyday life varied. Combine the daily walk with new routes and exciting brain games or teach your dog new tricks at home. If the furry nose gets enough work, it is very likely that it will be exhausted and happy in its place.

3. Being left alone

Dogs are pack animals and don't want to be left alone.

Dogs are pack animals and don’t want to be left alone. © Unsplash/Matthew Henry

Some dogs handle being left alone better than others.

What all dogs have in common is that they don’t like being left alone.

Because dogs are pack animals, they need the company of others to thrive.

Loneliness in the dog is expressed, for example, in the fact that it barks and howls a lot, destroys things in the apartment for no reason, no longer eats or goes into the apartment.

In order to protect the dog from loneliness, you should think about how to find a good alternative job or company during working hours. So it is sometimes advisable to put the dog with friends or a day care center for dogs.

4. Desperate dog owners

Dog owners should appear confident and consistent in front of their four-legged friends.

Dog owners should appear confident and consistent in front of their four-legged friends. © Unsplash/César Cardoso

Since dogs are pack animals, there is a clear hierarchy for them. As a dog owner, you take on the role of the pack leader – provided you behave like one.

Because what dogs absolutely cannot stand is an unpredictable and aimless master or mistress that they cannot rely on.

As a human being, you should therefore display structured and predictable behavior.

Make sure, for example, that there are clear rules for the dog to follow. Above all, try to be consistent. Because if you allow your four-legged friend to sleep on the couch one day and it is forbidden again the next day, it deeply unsettles him.

Structure, on the other hand, gives the dog security and the confidence that you have everything under control.

5. Being scolded

Scolding the dog is useless because he doesn't understand.

Scolding the dog is useless because he doesn’t understand. © Unsplash/Lucie Hošová

If a dog doesn’t follow the rules, some dog owners literally burst into a tirade.

However, the lecture is for nothing, because the four-legged friend does not understand a word of it anyway.

Only the pitch of his voice gives him an idea that the person doesn’t seem to be happy right now.

Even if it is difficult to keep calm in certain situations, you should do just that.

Take a deep breath, accept what happened and punish the dog in a dog-friendly (and non-violent!) manner shortly after the crime. In this way, your four-legged friend knows without a doubt that he has done something wrong with his behavior.

Otherwise, the following applies: as much punishment as necessary, as little as possible.

6. Not getting enough sleep for the dog

Dogs need a retreat to sleep up to 20 hours a day.

Dogs need a retreat to sleep up to 20 hours a day. © Unsplash/Irina

Unlike humans, dogs have a very strong need for sleep. It is quite normal for dogs to sleep up to 20 hours a day and only be active for 3 to 4 hours.

When dogs don’t get enough sleep, it affects their health.

They then become more susceptible to diseases and sometimes exhibit aggressive behavior.

The restlessness can have various causes. The dog may be out and about all day and never get a chance to sleep. Or he doesn’t have a suitable retreat.

In order for dogs to be able to rest well, their sleeping place should be positioned in a quiet corner. If the dog finds it difficult to sleep, toys and other stimuli should also be put aside so that the four-legged friend gets enough rest.

7. Unpleasant noises and smells

Dogs are sensitive to sounds and smells.

Dogs are sensitive to sounds and smells. © Unsplash/kyle smith

Dogs have an excellent sense of hearing and smell. Thanks to millions of sensory cells, they perceive their environment primarily through smells, but also through sounds around them.

As a result, the four-legged friends react much more sensitively to certain everyday situations than humans.

Thunder and fireworks represent a real stressful situation for many dogs. But the vacuum cleaner, loud music or excited babble of voices are also not easy for dogs to endure.

The same applies to strong odors such as perfume, room fragrances, incense sticks and household cleaning products.

So try to keep your faithful companion away from unpleasant noises and smells as best you can.

8. Frontal confrontation by strangers

Dogs often perceive a frontal greeting as a threat.

Dogs often perceive a frontal greeting as a threat. © Unsplash/Joshua Rawson-Harris

When dogs greet each other, they run towards each other in a semicircle, show their body from the side and keep their heads slightly lowered. The dogs meet as equals, so to speak.

The situation is different when it comes to a confrontation between dogs. Then they approach their fellows head-on. The body is forward, the gaze is fixed and the head and tail are stretched high. Dogs demonstrate dominance with such behavior.

If a person approaches a dog head-on and possibly holds his hand out to pat the dog’s head, the four-legged friend rightly feels threatened.

If you want to meet a strange dog peacefully, then stroll towards it in an arc, don’t stare into its eyes and ideally kneel down at a distance of one meter in front of it.

In this way, the dog can decide for itself whether it wants to get to know you. Instead of grabbing his head, which is very uncomfortable for many dogs around strangers, you should better stroke the dog on the neck or on the back.

9. Meeting canine rivals on leash

Hey, who are you?" It would be even better if dogs were allowed to get to know each other off a leash.

Nanu, who are you?” It would be even better if dogs were allowed to get to know each other without a leash. © 123RF/Zarin Andrey

Dogs don’t like meeting strangers on a leash.”

They don’t have the space and freedom of movement to greet their rival the dog way. Especially on sidewalks they are forced to confront strangers head-on.

Not exactly the best conditions for a friendly get-to-know-you.

If, on the other hand, two off-leash dogs meet in a meadow, it is easy for them to clarify their hierarchy with body language and gestures. Often this also includes barking and one or the other scuffle.

However, if both dogs are socialized, this encounter usually ends very peacefully.

If there is no way to unleash the dog, it is the task of humans to act as sovereign dog handlers for their animal friends.

By not attaching any particular importance to the situation and simply walking past the strange dog in a cool and determined manner, this shows the four-legged friend that this situation does not pose any danger.

Conversely, dogs will adapt the behavior of their master or mistress if they show themselves to be nervous or anxious. Then the furry nose feels compelled to sort things out itself, which is often accompanied by aggressive behavior.

10. Getting bathed

Bathing is uncomfortable for most dogs and often not even necessary.

Bathing is uncomfortable for most dogs and often not even necessary. © Unsplash/Autri Taheri

Admittedly, if the dog just rolled around in the mud or a foul-smelling pile, there is probably no way around the bathroom.

However, some dog owners overdo it and think they even have to subject their dog to a weekly cleaning program.

Although some dog breeds like the poodle require regular dog washing, it is usually not necessary.

Since dogs have a natural greasy film on their fur and ultimately their own smell helps to identify themselves to other conspecifics, this should not be washed out if possible.

Cover photo: 123RF/Zarin Andrey

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