8 Pooch Pet Peeves you should Know

Humans are highly perceptive and can sense all kinds of vibes they get from others. But it seems like all their sensing abilities go down the drain when it comes to picking up vibes from a sullen pet. As pet owners, we never give much thought to the possibility that our actions might irk our animal friends (or create pet peeves) and go about playing with them as we see fit, not realizing that might not be enjoying our company that much.

Pet peeves are a recognized phenomenon within human circles. From getting riled up by someone’s open-mouthed chewing to losing focus due to someone’s unnatural laugh, there are numerous habits that drive us up the wall. Just as we are rattled by our kin’s annoying practices, so are our pets, especially dogs.

Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals who are easily vexed by their doting owners. You may not realize, but things that you do for your four-legged friend, thinking that they would appreciate those gestures. But in reality, those actions might actually be testing your fur child’s patience big time. Although different canines can have different pet peeves, some human behaviors are considered giant bugbears in the dog world.

Here is a list of some of the universal pooch pet peeves that you need to know to avoid getting under your pup’s skin.

Playing with Food

When it comes to food, there is no room for teasing and messing around. You show your fur child kibbles; you give them kibbles as much as they want.

Your pooch: Give me my meaty morsels

You: But what about the vet?

Your pooch: They know nothin’ I am a growing child I need my meat!

You heard your child; once you let them take a whiff of their food, you gotta give them the quantity they want to have or else be ready to soothe a grumpy pile of fur sulking on the floor later.

Grooming Sessions

Dogs do not enjoy bathing and washing. They might enjoy playing in the water, but showering doesn’t lie high on their list of fun things. When you take your pooch for a good scrubbing session, be prepared to get the stink eye.

Dogs don’t like bathing because they believe they clean themselves pretty thoroughly. And if you think about it, they are not entirely wrong. Your fluffy pal spends a decent amount of time licking their body clean, so they are not so wrong to claim that they are clean as a whistle.

Nail Clipping

If you want to witness your canine companion’s sullen expressions clear as day on their face, brandish a nail clipper in front of them, and you’ll see their face go red. As we have already established that dogs are not too fond of grooming, naturally they don’t enjoy putting their paws in a metal implement to tidy up their nails.

And if you want to deepen the red (not that you should) on your fur child’s face, take them for a manicure session. It’s definitely one of the biggest pet peeves in the dog world.


Telling your dog to stay quiet is like asking a child to give up candy. In both cases, you are asking for all hell to break loose. Here’s what happens when you tell your poodle to keep it down

You: Stay quiet, buddy!

Your poodle: *Barks even more*


Your poodle: And I said barking is what I do! (deciphering the woof-woofs for you)

Generally, dogs bark incessantly because they want to communicate something. Try to understand what your fur child is saying instead of going all bad cop on them.

Dog Sweaters

Forcing your fashion dreams upon your dog is an offense of the highest order in the dog peeve book. Dogs are canids who enjoy being in their own skin without any clothes. By putting your fuzzy baby in sweaters and other tops, you are asking to get on their bad side. Canines don’t enjoy being placed in tight attires; they enjoy breathing openly without the confines of a fabric.

Expecting the Unexpected

Dogs come in all forms, shapes, and sizes, so naturally, they all have different strengths and weaknesses. Dumping the burden of your expectations on your four-legged companion, without considering their breed is just wrong. You need to take your sidekick’s race into account before you go asking them to walk on a rope for you (excuse the dramatics, but hopefully you get the point).

If you have a Chinese Shar-Pei and want it to run marathons and play Frisbee with you all the time, you are being unreasonable. You can’t expect a low-energy puppy to run around all day. If you want to have an active and eager-to-play pup, get a border collie or retriever, don’t expect the same energy level in every dog.

Putting the Cone

Putting a cone around a dog’s neck seems to be a fashionable trend that’s supposed to reflect classiness. Whether the infamous cone elevates your canine companion’s status or not, it surely elevates their blood pressure. If you want to stop your dog from scratching a wound or licking an incision, think of other ways but don’t put a cone around its neck.

Tricks for Treats

Trying to engage your fur child in silly activities to have them earn their treats is another peeve that really ticks them off. There is no joking around food and any other eatables. You want your fluffy friend to have a snack, just give it to them. What’s with all the unnecessary shenanigans? (We didn’t say that, your pup did!)

We do get that some of the peeves mentioned in our list are unavoidable. You cannot NOT bathe your little fellow because they don’t enjoy it, or you can’t have them gorge up on treats because doing so makes them happy. You need to have a balanced parenting system to raise a healthy pooch, but try to minimize the irksome elements as much as possible to respect your fur baby’s likes and dislikes.

by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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