When a dog enters your life, he becomes an ingrained part of it. His wellbeing depends on how well you understand his needs. Dogs can’t learn a human language which makes it hard for their owners to understand what they want or need.
Nevertheless, you can always figure out what going on in your dog’s head just by observing his behaviour and body language. We all have wished our dog could talk, right? It can be very difficult for some pet owners, especially the new ones, to understand what their furry companion is trying to tell them. From puppy eyes, tail wagging to head tilts, we’ll discuss what your dog is trying to tell you.
In this article, we’ve rounded up 10 things that your dog wants you to know:
#1. My tail wags aren’t always happy
Most people have a misconception that dogs wag their tail when they are happy or excited, but dogs can also wag their tail when they are stressed or fearful. Whenever you see your dog wagging his tail then don’t jump to the conclusion that your dog is happy. Make sure to consider his overall behavior & body language to understand whether he is happy, anxious or fearful.
#2. Punishments can make me fear you
Do you punish your dog when he does something wrong? Well, when it comes to our canine companion, punishment is not the answer. If you want your dog to learn something then choose positive reinforcement instead of punishment as dogs sometimes don’t understand what they did wrong. Punishing your dog can make him fear you so you should always avoid it.
#3. I’m yawning but I’m not tired
If you see your dog yawning then, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he is tired, dogs can yawn when they feel scared or stressed out. The best to understand the reason behind your dog’s yawning is by looking at his overall body language & gesture. If your pooch stretches while yawning then he is probably tired but if he yawns without showing any sign of tiredness then, he might be nervous.
#4. If I’m destroying or chewing stuff, I’m either bored or anxious
Does your dog destroy or chew stuff whenever you leave him alone at home? Well, such behavior is not retaliation for leaving him alone, but indicate that your pooch is so anxious about being alone that he soothes himself by chewing stuff. Sometimes, dogs can also destroy things when they have nothing better to do so make sure to keep your mentally & physically stimulated to avoid such incidents from happening.
#5. What you reward me for, I’ll do it again
Dogs are motivated by rewards – be it food or praise/attention. If your reward your dog for anything then he will surely do it again for the sake of gaining the reward. Also, remember, when it comes to attention, dogs couldn’t differentiate between good attention & bad attention, for them attention is attention. So, if you are yelling at your dog for doing something, he will consider it as attention & will probably do it again.
#6. I get confused when you change the rules
Have you ever realized how we switch rules at our convenience? Well, we teach our dogs not to jump on others but we let him jump on us. Always remember to keep the rules consistent if you want your dog to follow them religiously.
#7. You shouldn’t leave me alone for long hours
Well, we understand that you have to work to run the house but your dog probably doesn’t understand why you leave him alone for long stretches. Your dog not only misses you but also get bored at home so the best way to deal with it is by taking him to dog daycare so that he can spend his time with other dogs.
#8. I’m not a troublemaker, I just need some physical activity
Dogs have massive energy which needs to be channelized otherwise, he will choose to burn off his energy by destroying things. The best way to deal with it is by providing him proper opportunities for both mental & physical exercises.
#9. I don’t feel guilty
Well, you must have come across many hilarious posts about guilty-looking dogs, but the truth is that your dog can’t actually feel guilty. They hide & avoid eye contact just to avoid punishment so you shouldn’t mistake it for guilt.
#10. Let me sniff other dog’s butt
In the human world, we say hello to greet someone, but in the doggy world, they sniff butts to get to know each other. If you observe your dog sniffing another dog’s butt then just let him do it as it will help in making him more comfortable around other dogs.
So, these are a few things that your dog wants you to know about him. The better you understand your pooch, the happier both of your lives will become.
Wrapping it up, we can say that just by having a good understanding of your dog’s behavior, you can easily find out what he wants to communicate with you. Just by decoding his behavior, you can establish a strong relationship with him.