â€‹How to Avoid Hurting a Dog's Feelings
How to Avoid Hurting a Dog's Feelings
Dogs can feel a number of different emotions. While they do not have the ability to perceive pride or shame, they are still capable of experiencing a wide range of feelings. That said, there are several ways that you can inadvertently hurt a dog's feelings.
Yawning at a dog
Yawning is a common behavior that may hurt your dog's feelings. Depending on your dog's environment and body language, yawning can be a sign that he is stressed or in need of relaxation. It may also be a sign that he is experiencing separation anxiety or mental instability. If you notice that your dog is yawning excessively, it is important to have him evaluated by a veterinarian.
Restraining a dog's collar or harness on a walk
While taking a walk with your dog is a wonderful activity, you need to keep your dog safe. Dogs can be very playful and pull at a leash or collar, which can cause a dog to get hurt. To prevent this from happening, consider using a harness or collar. Harnesses and collars can also help relieve the strain on your dog's neck.
Introducing a stranger dog
Introducing a new dog to your home can be a tricky proposition. Some dogs are perfectly fine meeting a stranger, while others require training or socialization. Sometimes, even a familiar face can be too much for a dog, and it's best to start with the basics and gradually build up your new friend's trust.
Teasing a dog
Dogs don't like to be teased, and it can lead to serious behavioral problems. Even if the dog is simply playing around, teasing can lead to aggression.