Expecting your dog to behave like a human
Even the most well-trained dogs are still dogs at the end of the day. You need to give them the space to act like the dog that they are and burn off that energy in a healthy way. They need time to stop and smell things while on a walk. Let them roll around on the grass when you’re at the park. Maybe even let them explore that pile of mud and get their paws a little dirty.
If you expect them to be perfect all the time without letting them have their moments to just be a dog, they might become stressed. To release stress, your dog will yawn, lick their lips and shake their body. If you notice your dog doing these things, they might need more stimulation. An anxious dog tends to release these feelings through unwanted behaviors, like chewing shoes, if there isn’t another option. To avoid this, make sure you’re taking them on walks, providing them with their own toys they can chew and destroy, and giving them plenty of time to play – dogs need community and connection just like we do.
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