15 Things Your Dog Wants You To Know

Whether you’re a first-time dog owner or you’ve had dogs
your entire life, there may be things about your dog that you
don’t truly understand. How many of these things do you already
know, and how many are new to you? Here are 15 things your dog
wants to make sure you know.

#1 – I’m incapable of experiencing guilt.

Even though I look guilty when you scold me for doing something
wrong, I’m just responding to the tone of your voice and your
behavior. I understand that you’re upset, and I don’t want you
to be mad at me, but I probably don’t know why, and I certainly
don’t feel guilty for doing something you perceive as bad –
there are some emotions I’m just not capable of, and guilt is one
of them. Read more about what emotions I can and can’t experience
here.

 #2 – I respond better to rewards than punishments.

My favorite things in the world are food and your love and
attention. I will happily do whatever you ask (once I understand
what you want) for a tasty treat and your words of praise.
Punishment can make me fear you, and sometimes I don’t understand
what I did wrong. Learn more about
5 crucial reasons to stop scolding your dog
.

#3 – If I start acting differently, I probably don’t feel good.

I can’t tell you when I don’t feel good, so sometimes my
behavior has to tell you what I can’t. If my appetite or energy
levels change for no apparent reason, it’s probably time for a
trip to the vet. Learn more
here
about what behavioral issues you should watch out for.

#4 – Just because I’m yawning, don’t assume I’m tired.

If you see me yawning, I might be tired, but I might also be
scared or stressed out. You need to watch the rest of my body
language for cues. You can read more about my body language

here
.

#5 – I can still learn tricks.

Just because I’m no longer a puppy doesn’t mean I can’t
still learn. I might learn a little more slowly than a puppy, but I
love how happy you get when I learn something new! Stuck on ideas
of what to teach me? Check out these
6 awesome tricks to teach me
.

#6 – If I’m destroying stuff, I’m either bored or anxious.

I’m not smart enough to chew on your favorite pair of shoes as
retaliation for leaving me alone. I get really bored when you’re
gone, and those shoes feel interesting in my mouth. And if I
destroyed your mini blinds, I was probably so anxious about being
left home alone that I tried to escape out the window to find you.
Could I have separation anxiety? Find out here.

#7 – Even though I love it, you may be feeding me too much.

More than half of
all dogs
are overweight, so there’s a pretty good chance
you’re giving me too much food or too many treats. I’ll happily
eat as much as you’ll give me, but spoiling me with too much food
can cause a lot of health problems for me. Check out
10 of the most common obesity-related illnesses
.

#8 – Although it’s expensive, please keep me protected against
fleas, ticks, and heartworms (even if naturally).

Parasites aren’t just creepy – they can make me very sick.
It’s cheaper to protect me against fleas, ticks, and heartworm
than it is to treat some of the problems they can cause. Learn more
about parasites
here
.

#9 – My bad breath could mean I have a serious problem.

Let’s face it, I’ll never have good breath. But if my breath
is excessively foul, I might be battling periodontal disease, which
affects more than just my teeth – it can affect my heart, too!
Check out the
scary truth about your dog’s bad breath
.

#10 – Check the ingredients of my food.

A lot of dog food is the canine equivalent of McDonald’s –
sure, it’ll keep you alive for a while, but it’s likely to
cause a lot of health problems down the road. How healthy do you
think corn byproduct meal or chicken byproduct meal really are?
Here’s a hint – byproduct is what’s left over after we take
the stuff we actually want to eat. Chicken byproduct, for example,
can include things like beaks and feet. Wouldn’t you rather your
dog be eating the good parts of the chicken? Here are some
tips to help you read dog food labels
.

#11 – Please don’t leave me alone all the time.

You may think I’m perfectly happy sleeping all day long while
you’re at work, but the truth is that I would rather spend more
time with you. I might enjoy doggy daycare so I can play with other
dogs, or I might benefit from a lunchtime walk by a dog walker.
Either way, I would appreciate not being bored all day long. Here
are
5 signs I might be bored
.

#12 – Wagging my tail doesn’t always mean I’m happy.

I might be wagging my tail because I’m scared or angry. You
need to pay attention to the rest of my behavior and body language.
Speaking of body language, do you know these
7 important body language positions and what they mean
?

#13 – I get confused when you change the rules.

You let me jump on you, but I’m not allowed to jump on
strangers? I’m not allowed on the furniture unless you’re sick
and need comforting? I’m so confused! Please keep my rules
consistent so I understand what you expect of me. I thrive on
routine and knowing what to expect. Need to change my routine? Find
out the best way
here
.

#14 – Take me to the vet every year.

Many health problems are easier to treat the sooner they are
caught. Since I can’t tell you when I don’t feel right, it’s
important to take me to the vet to get me checked out every year.
While you’re at it, learn about signs
that it’s time to switch to a new vet
.

#15 – I really love you!

Even if I seem to act naughty sometimes, I really love you and
want to live with you and make you happy forever! Unfortunately, my
dog life is much too short compared to your human life. Once I’m
gone, won’t you consider getting something to remember
my love for you while also feeding dogs in shelters
?

(H/T: Reader’s
Digest
)

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