Contrary to popular belief, dogs don’t think that we’re their mother and cats aren’t bringing us presents when they hunt successfully. While we can’t be exactly, 100% sure what they’re thinking, it is believed that dogs look to us as pack leaders. Cats on the other hand, are probably bringing us dead mice, birds and other little prizes in an attempt at teaching us how to hunt because we obviously suck at it, since the food we give them comes out of a bag or can.
But let’s stick to canines, since they seem to be a bit easier to understand when compared to their feline counterparts. Perhaps that’s my personal opinion at best, but they still seem to give off more clear signals than cats. For example, when a dog is briskly wagging its tail, 99 percent of the time, they are happy to and if a cat is twitching theirs, they might be waiting to scratch our eyes out.
The infographic below sheds some light on how dogs may perceive we humans, but just for giggles, here’s a list of five things that we do that annoys most of them:
#1 – Cheating on them
Anyone that has ever had a dog already knows that when we’ve been around another animal, our own four-legged friend is all over us like flies on … I mean … stink on … you know what I mean. While some dog breeds have a better sense of smell than others, like bloodhounds, they all have an extra keen sniffer and anxiously try to identify exactly who we were cheating on them with.
#2 – Not letting them dawdle
Okay, I’ll just stop using the phrase, “Anyone that has ever had a dog already knows …” when we take them out for their scheduled walk (dogs love to be on a schedule), especially places where it seems that everyone else on the planet earth walks their dog, they want to stop and sniff every last little squirt, flower, blade of grass, piece of trash, etc. We teach them to heel and stay by our side to protect them from possible diseases spread by urine, defecation and trash, but they don’t care, they want to smell it anyway.
#3 – Leaving them alone
This one is funny, because I swear to God, whether I leave my dog alone for five minutes or five hours, the result is always the same, the overwhelmingly happy greeting I get when I return. The truth is, dogs are pack animals and as mentioned previously, they yearn for their pack leader in order to feel safe and secure.
#4 – Setting off fireworks
Loud booming noises, like thunderstorms and blasting explosions from fireworks, will frighten the living daylights out of the vast majority of dogs. Some believe this bothers their sensitive ears, while this maybe true, most are scared because they have no idea what this loud commotion is all about and where it is coming from. Many are so frightened they run away from home and statistics show that more animals disappear from their homes on the Fourth of July than any other day.
#5 – The dreaded bath
While many “water dogs,” like Labradors and other retrievers love to get wet, for other breeds, not so much. Some react so negatively you’d think we were trying to skin them alive rather than attempting to keep their skin healthy and coats shiny. You could probably spend hours on the internet watching videos of dogs resisting this regime, fighting their masters tooth-and-nail over getting into the tub.
While all these behaviors, thoughts and feelings might not be the same for every, single, solitary dog, it is for the vast majority of them. Check out the infographic for more things that dogs most likely feel about their owners.
Article contributed by guest blogger Amber Kingsley.
This infographic shows how dogs perceive humans.