It’s not always easy being a dog. Sometimes we lose perspective on the simple challenges our dogs face everyday. Here are 7 things we forget about being a dog.
1. That Nose
Dogs have a heightened sense of smell, a dog’s sense of smell is said to be a thousand times more sensitive than that of humans. Dogs have more than 220 million olfactory receptors in its nose and humans only have 5 million. So let’s say that fresh paint smell gave you a little headache, imagine what your dog is feeling! Being considerate to dog’s noses is always well received.
2. Potty Problems
They don’t get to use the bathroom at their convenience like humans do. It’s hard for them to line up their bathroom schedule and how long it will take them to do their business. Give a little extra time on your next bathroom outing and your dog will appreciate it.
3. Kids Are Scary
We see kids as harmless little humans, but dog’s don’t always understand what who these ‘human puppies’ are. Hyper toddlers and anxious kids can confuse and make a dog scared, so take the time to make sure your dog understands what to expect being around kids.
4. Speed Walking
Dogs get that you’re busy but you can come and go as you please. When you rush their walks, that’s the little time and freedom they have outside of the house. Please be considerate of their time, they need fresh air just as much as you do.
Dogs get yelled at when they bark, but really they just need direction. They think they are guarding your place or they are trying to communicate with another dog. Instead of yelling at them, try to understand them so you can refocus their direction
You may like your music loud, but no matter how loud it is to you, it’s louder to your dog. Dog’s have more than 18 muscles in their ears that allows them to move them around to help locate sound. These sensitive ears mean that has owners we have to be mindful of how loud we’re blaring out music and television.
7. Words Aren’t Just Words
Words aren’t just words to dogs. They are tones, expressions and emotion to dogs. They may only understand so many words but they can read body language and expressions. So don’t confuse your dog or expect him to know what you’re saying all the time, just remember your body language is what your pup is reading.