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6 Human Behaviors Dogs Hate

Reviewed by Dr. Alexis Seguin, DVM, MS, DACVIM on Friday, November 6, 2015
Posted November 06, 2015 in Dog Behavior

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Dogs have lived side by side with humans for at least 10,000 years or more, according to Despite living in close quarters with each other for so long, humans often do things to dogs that they believe dogs love, but dogs distinctly dislike. Misinterpretation and anthropomorphism lead to dogs that are forced to tolerate undesirable behaviors which eventually can cause fearful, anxious and even aggressive responses.

1. Hugging
We often hug our dogs because, as people, we enjoy hugs with each other and it follows logically to us that dogs would love this too. Most dogs, in fact, do not enjoy this and while some will quietly tolerate the behavior, other dogs can become fearful or anxious when held and may act out to let you know they are unhappy. An even more serious issue is children hugging dogs. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, children are the victims of the most dog bites each year by far, and this is often due to children handling dogs in ways that make their canine friends uncomfortable.

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Mychelle has more than 13 years of experience in the pet health industry and is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant as well as a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2014.