You may have adopted some of the behaviors below in a loving way, but they're actually dangerous and damaging to your dog. So learn what they are, and replace them with another kind act!
Forcing your dog to play with other dogs
via: FlickrDogs may put up with it for a while, but if they don't feel like being social, they could snap, and that's bad for everyone involved.
Not giving a dog structure or rules
via: FlickrIf you don't discipline your dog, there's gonna be trouble. Imagine how a kid would turn out if no one ever taught them right from wrong.
Using words instead of body language
via: FlickrWords confuse dogs most of the time. It's easier for them to understand body language, so use that to drive the message home.
Leting them sit around and get bored
via: FlickrDogs will get into trouble when they're bored, just like people. If your dog has issues with being destructive, make sure they're expending energy and aggression by playing outside.
Petting the head of your dog
via: FlickrSome touching is ok, but just as you would imagine, dogs can get frustrated by someone rubbing their head and face too much. Don't forget the back and belly!
Maintain eye contact with a strange dog
via: FlickrDogs adhere very closely to visual cues, and they take staring and eye contact as an act of dominance and aggression. If you keep at it too long, they'll think that you're trying to intimidate them...and fire back.
Keeping your dog from exploring
via: FlickrDogs need to learn on their own about this big world they're in, so let them run around and take time to sniff what they're passing. If they aren't allowed to, they might get apprehensive when they're outside.
Keep them on too tight of a leash
via: FlickrA short leash, in addition to being uncomfortable, raises their level of stress. Walks should be fun for dogs!
Stressing out around your dog
via: FlickrDogs are very intuitive, and when their human is worried or angered, it puts them on edge. Again, think of them as kids, and give them a comfortable environment.
Hugging your pup
via: FlickrDogs don't like to be hugged, surprisingly. They don't see it as a gesture of love, but rather one of dominance. Find another way to express your affection.
Teasing a dog
via: FlickrAgain, a dog's intuition can let it know when fun becomes taunting, and they'll come back at someone who's making them feel bad. Keep the vibes good, ok?