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11 Things Humans Do That Annoy Dogs

11 Things Humans Do That Annoy Dogs

Dogs also have emotions like us, but they might not express them as we do. However, if you are a pet parent, you understand when they get sad, angry, or annoyed. Even then, at times, it’s hard to tell what makes dogs uncomfortable or upset.

Can you figure out when your pet buddy is stressed? What do humans do that dogs hate?

Studies confirm that dogs communicate with their eyes and respond to you by recognizing your facial expression. So, if your dog starts to show whites of the eyes, understand it’s worried. Also, look for its body language like frightened and timid.

Many things can annoy your dog, and yet possibly you might not have noticed it. You only recognize it when they get pushed too far and end up being frustrated.

Any neglect further can even get your dog to become aggressive and defensive. A regular annoyance can also cause behavioral issues in your dog. Therefore, don’t neglect the things that annoy your dog.

11 Things Dogs Hate That People Do

#1 Staring

How would you feel if a stranger stares at you for longer than a while?

It’s uncomfortable even if that person is known to us. Now think of your dog – for them, it’s another species! If you stare at them for long, they consider it a challenge to intimidate them. So, avoid having a staring contest with your dog.

#2 Hugging Too Tightly

Dogs don’t like to get squeezed tightly. It makes them uncomfortable. They don’t understand the concept of tight hugs like humans.

#3 Teasing

More than 4.5 million people in the US (mostly children) get bitten by dogs each year, and one of the main reasons for it is teasing. Pulling the dog’s tail, yanking their hair, or teasing them with food or a ball can annoy them.

Keep an eye on your kids when they play with your dog. Also, avoid pretending to throw a ball while playing; it’s not funny. It confuses them.

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#4 Ignoring them or Leaving them Alone

Like us, dogs prefer to be social. They are pack animals and consider your family as part of their pack. If you leave them alone for long hours or alienate them, it annoys them. Ideally, you should not leave your adult dog alone for more than four hours a day.

#5 Surrounding Them With Too Many Dogs

It can be annoying for your dog if you leave them surrounded by too many other dogs, particularly in a dog park or doggy daycare. It makes them anxious. If your dog breed is smaller, like a Poodles, Pomeranian, etc., it can also make them overwhelmed.

#6 Waking Them Suddenly

Do you like when someone wakes you up from sleep suddenly?

Your dog doesn’t like it either. Anything that wakes dogs up suddenly from sleep, like a loud noise or a pat on their head, annoys them.

Read More: How Dogs Show Their Love To Us

#7 Yelling

Yelling confuses dogs, whether it’s at a TV show or a burned pot of food or towards them. It scares them, and they consider it as barking at things. Like us, a tense negative environment annoys dogs.

#8 Unstable Schedules

What if you wake up in the morning unaware of your schedule for the day. Won’t it make you feel anxious a little?

Whether it’s their feeding time or walking, dogs like stability. Avoid neglecting their schedule as it annoys them. Stick to it every day, and it makes them happy campers.

#9 Scary Sounds

Creating scary sounds with washing machines or vacuum cleaners can startle and annoy your dog. Therefore, introduce your dog to new sounds slowly to avoid scaring them.

Moreover, protect your dog from the sounds of fireworks. Such loud noises can develop a permanent sound phobia or excessive fear of scary sounds in them.

#10 Confusing Your Dog with Too Many Words

Imagine someone asking for help using too many words in a language unknown to you. How would you feel?

Well, it’s the same thing for your dog. It’s a misconception that dogs understand English. Technically, they don’t understand any human language. They only relate your facial expression and body language to the one-word command or short phrases.

They love learning new tricks, so they listen to you and understand a positive behavior with the treats that follow.

Read More: 7 Basic Commands Used to Train a Dog

#11 Not Letting Them Sniff

Dogs sniff to understand their surroundings. They get messages from other dogs about their territory from sniffing while walking in a dog park.

How would you feel if your phone dies in the middle of an important message?

If you pull them away, it’s an act of interrupting your dog to get the full message. It annoys your dog!


If you want your dog to have a happy and healthy life, use this information to understand how to treat them. To know more about dog care, feel free to post your questions in the comment section below.

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