19 Things Your Dog Actually Wants from You

19Things Your Dog Actually Wants from You

Pats, rubs, and butt scritches (and skip the hugs)

Dogs are love-sponges when it comes to physical affection, but there is one point where they draw the line: hugging. Being wrapped in a warm embrace actually makes them feel anxious, according to one (slightly controversial) study in Psychology Today. “While we may think it’s sweet and comforting, pets often feel trapped and scared during hugs, particularly when humans pull pets into their faces,” explains Erin Askeland, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, a pet behaviorist and training manager  at Camp Bow Wow. here you are ten mistakes every dog owners makes 

Your dirtiest, stinkiest, sweatiest clothes

Your dog’s favorite smell in the whole world is… you. And the more of your body odor on something, the better—as evidenced by the number of times dogs have embarrassingly dragged out their owner’s dirty underwear. “Dogs have much stronger noses than ours, and for them, a shirt covered in your scent is one of the most comforting objects in the world,” says Meg Marrs, a dog care expert and senior editor at K9 of Mine. “Next time your dog is anxious about being left alone or is staying at a kennel, leave them with that sweaty shirt you wore to hot yoga.”

Toys of their very own

Just like you love your things, dogs really like to have things that belong exclusively to them, says April Olshavsky, AKC-accredited Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and Certified Trainer. This includes their food bowls, dog bed, and especially their toys. What about when your things suddenly become their things? “When a dog chews up your shoe, he may be trying to tell you he needs more toys or attention,” she says.

A challenging puzzle to solve

When you’re considering what toys to get your pup, include a puzzle toy that involves a challenge followed by a reward, Marrs says. “Dogs are desperate for mental stimulation, and they’ll act out if they are bored,” she says. “How would you feel if you had to sit at home all day with nothing to do? It might even drive you crazy enough to start tearing open pillows.” Try one of these six ways to keep your dog busy (and away from your shoes) while you’re at work.

A nice, peaceful nap in a quiet spot

You may think your dog can sleep anywhere, anytime, but just because they can sleep through a six-year-old’s birthday party doesn’t mean they like it, Askeland says. And they definitely don’t like being awakened by a herd of said six-year-olds. In fact, startling your dog out of a deep sleep can make them grouchy or even aggressive. Move the doggie bed—one of the 15 necessities your dog    needs—to a safe, quiet spot. dont forget to read fifteen training secrets dog wont tell you for free 

To check their “pee-mail”

It may not be your jam, but sniffing every dirty, smelly thing around is one of your pup’s favorite activities, McCue-McGrath says. “When you take a walk, let them check their ‘pee-mail,’ catch up on all the changes in the neighborhood, or see what wild critter skittered by,” she says. “Dogs see the world through their noses and love nothing more than when we give them time to sniff instead of rushing on walks.” Here are 30 funny dog photos you need to see.

For you to be their fearless leader

“Most dogs are not born leaders and they do not want to be in charge of anything, so they look to you to give them the structure they need,” says Andrew Horan, owner of Citizen K9. If you fail to be the leader by setting the schedule, providing consistent rules, and giving loving feedback, they’ll try and step in, which can cause serious behavioral issues, he adds.

No more human kisses

Think your dog loves your playful kisses on their snoot because they “kiss” you back? It turns out that when your dog licks your face and neck in response to your kiss, they’re really asking you to let them go, Taylor says. “Dogs hate to be kissed or have a human put their face close for any reason,” she explains. “This is very intimidating behavior for a dog to accept and can lead to aggressive behavior.”

Soothing, positive (sounding) words

Dogs can’t really understand the words you’re saying but they sure can understand the tone of your voice and your expressions, Olshavsky says. So yelling at your dog won’t help them understand you better, it will just make them upset or it may even cause them to start barking, thinking you are trying to play a loud voice game with them.

New friends… from a distance

Meeting new friends, both of the human and canine variety, can be wonderfully exciting for many dogs—but only if done in the right way. Dogs see their home as their territory, so bringing guests in and expecting your dog to immediately make nice may leave him or her frightened or angry, Askeland says. Instead, do slow, calm introductions in a neutral place and never force your dog to “make friends,” she adds. Find out about the 11 dog superpowers humans wish they’d have. here you   are 10 
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