It seems our canine friends just love everything. A dog in a bad mood, a dog that isn’t excited about the most mundane moments is practically unheard of outside of an abuse situation. But there are a few things that make dogs not-so-happy.Remember that direct eye contact is a sign of aggression in the wild. Domestic dogs have retained this trait and you might not like the reaction if you stare too long. More important than not doing this with your own dog is not even thinking about doing it to a dog you don’t know.
Dogs can sense human emotion – by smell, body language, even tone of voice. If you’re upset, your dog will feel uneasy as well. They’re sensitive and it’s best to try to keep your bad mood to yourself as much as possible to save your dog’s nerves.
It isn’t unusual to see someone walking a dog and refusing to allow that dog to “stop and smell the roses.” Of course, “roses” is more like other dogs’ hind areas, some strange scent left in the grass or on the sidewalk or any number of other things in their small worlds. They also like to say hello to the people they pass, though dog owners must pay attention to other humans’ body language to make sure that hello is welcome. Unless you’re pressed for time, have some patience and let Fido explore the world around him while you both get some exercise.On the flip side, if your dog isn’t interested in saying hello to a particular person, don’t force it. There’s probably a good reason your dog doesn’t like someone, especially if you have a dog that’s usually friendly.