8 Things to Stop Doing If You Have a Pet

Pet Peeves

You buy premium dog food, take your dog on daily walks, and offer the best treats. But you could still be doing a lot wrong, according to your dog.


Most dogs hate being hugged. It can cause anxiety. Instead, offer contact from the side and let your dog come to you.

Avoiding Nail Clipping

Dogs dislike nail clipping, ear checks, and mouth exams. Regularly handle your dog's paws, ears, and teeth to make these tasks less stressful.

Hot Weather Walks

If it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for your dog's paws. Move walks to early morning or late afternoon to prevent heat stroke.

Leash Pulling

Leash pulling can be dangerous and annoying. Teach your dog to stay with you by using positive reinforcement and consider a headcollar.

Setting Boundaries

Set boundaries for your dog to keep them safe. Use a leash inside the house to guide them and block access to restricted areas.

Predictable Games

Mix up playtime with different games like tug-of-war. This teaches impulse control and keeps your dog engaged.

Forcing Friendships

Not all dogs are social butterflies. Respect your dog's comfort level and create a safe space for interactions with other dogs.