5 Things You do That Your Dog Doesn’t Like

When seeing a cute dog, it can be almost impossible to restrain yourself from running up to it and hugging or petting it incessantly. While we may perceive these actions as affectionate, dogs interpret them in an entirely different way. In fact, these common five behaviors are ones that your dog likely wishes you wouldn’t do at all. As we explore how these behaviors are understood by dogs, ensure your pet is protected with a unique Canine Liability Insurance program. Remember, certain actions are perceived as threats to dogs, and without the right precautions and understanding, your pet can be more susceptible to biting or snapping at another.

Getting in your dog’s face.

Never tower over your dog, put your hands in his face, or rush towards him unexpectedly. If your dog exhibits appeasement gestures, shows signs of fear, or acts aggressive, back off! It’s always best to be careful and prevent a dog bite, states About Home.

Not establishing rules.

Dogs who act out tend to be in dire need of rules and routine. From feeding at a certain time each day to exercise regimens and training, your dog will thrive when he or she knows their routine and expectations. Even dogs who are well-behaved  will benefit from ground rules. It should always be clear that you are in charge in order for your pet to feel secure and be well-behaved.


Dogs may not understand the words we are saying, but they sense your emotions when you do it. If you have a sensitive or fearful dog, you may find that yelling and harsh punishment actually upset and scare your dog, explains the article. Over time, they may become desensitized and continue to act out regardless of verbal outburst.

Dressing them up.

Unless you acclimated your pet to wearing clothing as a puppy, most dogs do not like being dressed up in costumes. More specifically, wearing things on their head or feet. If you are dressing them up to protect them against the elements or harsh weather, start out with lightweight items and give plenty of praise while having them wear it for short periods of time.

Leaving them alone or ignoring them.

While you likely have to work and have a life of your own, your dog doesn’t understand all of that. Spend as much time with your dog as you can, establish routines, and give them plenty of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. Pent-up energy can lead to a variety of different behaviors, some of which can be dangerous!

About FIDO

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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