We all love our dogs, but some of us are a little more dog savvy than others. That’s not a bad thing, so long as you’re willing to learn. While you might feel that your unruly pup is stressing you out and causing you some strife, it’s important to realize that it’s actually you who might be stressing your dog out! There are a number of ways owners can cause stress for their dogs, and this in turn will create behaviors that stress out the owners. There are a few factors to address when trying to figure out how to manage stress in your dog an in yourself in relation to your dog. To create a healthy relationship, certain guidelines should be followed. Here are a few things to think about when considering your dog’s stress:
#1 – Forgetting Your Dog is a Dog
Many people know dogs, and some even do some in-depth research before purchasing to learn as much as possible about their desired breed. But while each breed and each dog differs in temperament and personality, owners often forget the basic rule of dogs – they are dogs. All dogs bark, sniff, chew, dig, get dirty, shed, and smell. They don’t inherently know not to play in your flower bed, or that you want them to chew on a toy instead of a shoe. Owners will not only find themselves stressed out by these behaviors, they stress out their dogs by putting unfair punishments on them for behaviors that are ingrained in their very being. While all dogs can be trained not to do some of these things, it’s important to remember that this takes time and effort.
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#2 – Lack of Training
Dogs will be dogs, and as established earlier, we might not like all of their doggy behaviors. Dogs need training to be able to suit our needs, as well as give them outlets for their physical and mental needs. An untrained dog will attempt to rule your entire house. That means jumping up on people, counter surfing to steal your food, and running amok all over your furniture. This might seem like a good deal for the dogs, but lack of training typically leads to unfair punishment. When we don’t teach our dogs what acceptable behaviors are, they won’t know how to offer them. Punishing a dog without teaching him what he should be doing creates stress and confusion for your dog. For example, if your dog is house trained and urinates in the house, you can punish him for being disobedient. But if you’ve never house trained your dog and he urinates in the house, he won’t understand why you’re punishing him. It won’t stop the behavior, it will only confuse your dog and damage your relationship.
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