We all have our pet peeves, likes and dislikes about our dogs and some of their “not so favorable” behaviors. As a result, we correct them and try to train them as to what is and is not acceptable for you. I would have to guess that you have not thought about what your dog is thinking about you and what are some of the things he/she would say to you if able to talk. Speaking for your dog, a list of the top ten peeves with you and the fellow human family might be as follows:
• You pass gas in the room, then turn around and blame me!
• I get yelled at for barking . . . I am a dog and that is what I do!
• Yea, we go for walks but you won’t let me sniff around for”mail” from other critters! That is part of the reason I want to go for my walks!
• I hate when you balance food on my nose or tease me with food that I can’t have until you say so!
• Keeping putting bows and ribbons on me and then wonder why I chew up stuff in the house!
• All those fake throws when playing fetch! Who are you fooling anyhow?
• Take me to the Vet for shots (or worse) and then wonder why I freak out whenever we go back!
• Getting upset when I jump and sniff crotches as guest arrive. Sorry but I haven’t mastered a hug or handshake yet!
• Dog sweaters? Really? Have you not noticed the fur?
• You yell at me for licking myself! I don’t have access to TP!
There can be many other questionable behaviors that your dog may wonder about . . . but will we ever know? What if your dog could actually talk to you? Just what would he/she be saying . . . and I often wonder, in what type/tone of voice. I would say they are either asking for food, playtime or to go “bye-bye”. . . or could just be saying “I love you and all you do for me.”