Okay pet owners. You can always tell when your dog is happy, right? Wagging his tail and excited playful barking speaks for themselves? But it is not easy to tell why your pooch is sad or even depressed.
Let's try to figure out the most common reasons your fluffy friend might be upset.
1. You haven’t set a daily routine and rules for your dog-
Your dog has its own biological clock, which is why a routine is so important. Dogs want, and even need, rules to follow! Consistency makes the world predictable to them, so they become more confident and less stressed.
Try to feed, walk and train your dog at the same time every day. Having a daily routine doesn’t mean avoiding fun altogether. Dr.Debra Primovic recommends that you include “quality time” with your pet within that fixed routine. It can be something basic like sitting next to each other and watching TV.
Every so often, you can let the dog pick the shows to watch together. Just a few days.
2. You like to dress your dog
If you have trained your dog to get dressed since it was a puppy, you’ll find it difficult to dress it at an older age. It’s ok to put a sweater or a coat on your dog during walks if you have a toy breed or a breed with short hair. Your best bet is a blend of washable wool and cotton or acrylic.
However, if you have Siberian husky, malamute or some other breed with a dense coat, you don’t need to bother with a sweater. And, hats and costumes are uncomfortable for any breed. And they just look dumb. (personal opinion).
3. You use words more than body language-
In 2018, a group of veterinarians at the university of bari did a comprehensive study on communication in dogs.
They don’t deny that over 30,000 years of living with humans, dogs have gained certain communication skills to understand their owners. They’ve mastered basic commands such as walk, treat, toy and the like. But still, they don’t speak the human language!
They rely on your body language to try to figure out how you feel or what you think.
When you do confusing things such as tell your pup to “stay” and lean towards it, stretching your hand forward, it gets upset because it doesn’t know if you really want it to stay, or come closer. So try communicating more with your body when talking to your pet instead of trying to chat with it.
4. You tease your dog
Have you ever barked back at a barking dog? Yeah. Or maybe pulled on a dogs’s tail? Nah. Or, better yet, you show a treat to your dog and then hide it, or eat it your selves(if it’s not a dog food, of course). guilty.
Remember this whats funny for humans, can be hurtful and offensive for an animal.according to the whole dog journal, teasing your pet won’t help mutual understanding and can cause obsessive-compulsive behavior and other problems.
5. You pull your dog’s leash-
Your dog can not only read your body language but also the leash tension levels. When you pull it, you signal that you’re tense, nervous, or on alert, causing stress. You shouldn’t let your dog drag you around either; if your pet isn’t listening to you, stop. As soon as the leash loosens and the dog looks at you, you can continue your walk. don’t forget to take treats with you to encourage your dog’s good behavior.
The leash too short also make the animal nervous. If you let your dog walk on a long leash, you make it clear that everything is under your control and there’s no danger. This way it will be easier for you to walk your dog because it won’t feel constant tensions.
Let your dog sniff around. In 2015, an international group of researchers headed by Birtse Nielsen. Studied the role odor play in a dog’s life. They concluded that it impacts their behavior and well being!
A walk for a dog isn’t just a time when it relieves itself, it’s also an opportunity to get to know the surrounding territory.
Many times, dog pee on thing to leave information. other dogs come by, sniff where the prior dog went, gets the information and then also pees there. Yeah it like Facebook. The first dog will leave a post and others comment on it.
That’s why your pet will get upset if you drag it away from trees and curbs all the time.
6. You don’t take your dog’s fear of water seriously
Most dogs love swimming in open water because it makes them feel free. However, even breeds that love swimming in lakes, lying in puddles and running through lawn sprinklers might hate taking baths.
Dog doesn’t like the sound of running water or the slippery surface. So if you want to reduce your pup’s stress level. Place a slip-resistant mat in the bottom of the tub, give it lots of treats and compliment it for its good behavior.
7. You hug your dog-
It’s natural for humans to show affection by wrapping their arms around someone’s body. But hey, dogs don’t have arms, so their way of showing love and support are different!
Imagine a creature a three to ten times your size approaching you and squeezing you!
A lot of dogs will take it, especially the traditional family breeds, such as golden retrievers. But most pooches will feel threatened and comfortable if you do so. Dr. Alexandra Horowitz has pointed out the typical signs of the dog feeling uncomfortable during the hug. Ears pinned back, lip licking, yawning and trying to getaway.
8. You yell at your dog-
Dogs are afraid of loud sounds and can’t understand what you want from them. If you are unhappy with your dog’s behavior, take a certain pose of your choosing, and make an upset facial expression.
And If your puppy isn’t yet trained enough to wait for a walk and leaves puddles on the floor, yelling at it will only make things worse.
If you punish your dog physically or yell at it, it won’t become better trained, it’ll just be afraid of you and sneaky. Chances are, it’ll do the same thing when you aren’t around. A 2016 study by the department of psychology, Brigham young university concluded that dogs can always tell when people are angry and they become more hesitant to do what the same people ask them to do.
9. You don’t play with your dog enough-
If you can’t find enough time to play with your pooch, be prepared to have it damage a lot of things when you are not home. Your pet needs to releases its energy, and if you cant help with this it will find its own way. And you won’t like it. Playing with your dog is important. Activities like running help develop your dog’s physical stamina. And hide and seek, for example, is good for its example. Rebecca Sommerville, an animal behavior specialist at the University of Edinburgh, explains that a dog playing by itself isn’t a sign that it’s happy.
It could be trying to show you how bored it is and basically crying for help. Playing together I a great way of bonding and keeping and your pooch content.
10. You leave your dog alone.
Dogs are social animals and they don’t like to be by themselves. Of course, you can’t spend all your time with your dog ( I wish). but you can decrease the level of anxiety.
To do so, spend as much time as possible with it when you are home. Follow a precise schedule. The animal should know the time when you leave home and when you come back. Buy different toys when you are away so that your dog can entertain itself when you are away.
11. You let strangers pet your dog-
If a stranger comes to your dog and tries to pet it saying “Aww, what a cutie” the best thing you can do is thank them and politely ask them not to come any closer.
Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Ilana Reisner explains that your dog’s character or mood can be different, and even the most sociable and kind dog can be reactive. If you let everyone touch your dog, you cause it to be stressed out and you stop being a leader in your dog’s eyes.
When I say strangers, I don’t mean only humans, but other dogs, as well. Some owners love their dogs into a doggy get-together at parks. Now, think of it: do you personally want to make friends with every human you meet in the street? If your answer is no then why would be your dog’s answer be “yes”?
12. You are depressed-
If you have noticed that your dog is sad, pay attention to your own state of mind. Your pet feels your mood, and if you feel bad, your dog can become depressed too. Dr. Wailani sung explains Depression isn’t contagious but when you feel low you pay less attention to your pet or to do it with much less enthusiasm.
Your pooch can make your mood better, but you should put in some effort as well. Get yourself together and go for a walk with your dog or play with it at the park.
And you’ll do your pooch lot of good if you quit smoking. Now it’s your turn. How do you comfort your dog when it’s obviously upset.
All the above suggestions are my personal opinions from the experience of about 19 years. I have been living around pets from birth and have observed them closely. don’t ever treat them like a piece of decoration or a toy. Make them like your family member and you will get an immense amount of unconditional love.