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What you Love Might Not be what your Dog Wants

Humans love to humanize almost everything: we see the sky cries when raining, we see it smile when the sun shines. And this fondness to humanize transcends even to our pets. We feel that the chewed up couch, that soiled blanket, or the scratches on your newly-bought carpet were his revenge for not walking him this morning. We even assume that canines love what most of us love. Even so, there are some things that some people can’t live without, but canines truly don’t need. Here are some of them:


Try giving your best buddy chocolates for his first successful potty outside and that could be his last. Chocolates contain theobromine, an alkaloid which stimulates the heart and the central nervous system. Because dogs cannot metabolize theobromines as quickly as humans can, increased heart and nerve activities could result in side-effects, such as vomiting, muscle twitching and difficulty in breathing. In some instances, a very rapid heart rate could lead to your buddy’s sudden and tragic death. So, never give dogs chocolate!


Do you wonder why some dog trainers and pet sitters do not immediately hug dogs when they are petting them? They will first try to observe if the critter is house-trained enough to be used to human hugs. According to the website of the Austin dog walkers at Walk! ATX, this is because in the canine world, hugs never mean love and compassion. In fact, it’s the opposite. It means dominance, power, control. When a dog is trying to lay his paws on some dog’s back, he could instinctively be trying to compete over some scarce resources. So before hugging a dog, first make sure that he is used to it.


Your pet is your best friend, but it doesn’t mean that it could be a friend to everyone else. Owners sometimes make the mistake of forcing their pet to interact with other animals and humans. This could be very undesirable to your pets, and may even turn them into wild beasts. Unfortunately, some cases of injurious dog attacks happened because owners want their pets to interact with others whom they don’t want to associate with.