Recently, a Harvard psychologist said dogs are likely to relive what they experience with humans in their dreams. So when you see your dog kicking or yipping while sleeping, they are likely reacting to your interactions with them in dreamland.
The time you spend with your dog can leave a long-lasting emotional scar if it’s filled with mostly punishments. Often, dog parents do certain things that hurt their dog’s feelings without knowing it. If you’re guilty of these, you may be hurting your dog’s feelings:
- Excessive reprimanding: Rubbing it in when your dog makes a mistake does two things – makes them fear you and hurts their feelings. If you have trained your dog on how to do something and they don’t do it right one day, it’s probably a sign that they are stressed or ill.
- Pushing them away: Indeed, you cannot play with your dogs all day. However, constantly shutting them down whenever they try to get your attention may hurt their feelings.
- Limiting their playtime: You’re busy; we get it. But setting aside time in your busy schedule to have meaningful playtime with your dog is important.
- Punishing them when they are scared: Making a mockery of your dogs when they exhibit fearful behavior at the sight of something silly is not the best of ideas. Instead, calmly remove what is upsetting them and assure them they are safe.