7. Not Letting Them Sniff Their Surroundings
Scents are a dog’s main source for gathering information about the world. For them, a nice walk with lots of sniffing (and marking) is their version of hopping onto social media and checking out what’s going on with the neighborhood pups. When you drag them away, consider it like someone shutting off your computer as you were browsing your newsfeed. Try to be a little more sensitive to your dog’s sniffing obsession next time you’re on a walk.
8. Dressing Them Up
This is another one that many dogs tolerate more than enjoy. (But again, there are always exceptions.) As far as trying to keep them warm when the weather gets chilly, try getting them used to light sweaters and jackets.
Canines in costumes tend to get ogled and laughed at by observing humans. A few may love the attention, but many feel confused (and ultimately, anxious) at these reactions. At the end of the day, silly costumes make (most) dogs uncomfortable in one way or another.
9. Forcing Them Into Scary Situations
Whether they’re afraid of the vacuum, a particular person, or a place (like the vet!), forcing your dog to “face her fear” is not effective, and can even be counterproductive.
The best approach is to gradually expose the pup to the stimuli at a distance where she’s comfortable, rewarding her for remaining calm, and getting closer as she get more used to the “trigger.” (Here are some great tips about getting fearful or anxious dogs to calmly ride in the car, but they can be applied to different stimuli.)