Experts estimate that around 95 percent of problems between humans and dogs arise in communication. This is probably also due to the fact that dogs interpret certain physical signals very differently than we humans: The body language of dogs works differently than that of humans! This leads to misunderstandings.
For us humans, a hug means affection. Since we love our dog, we want to hug him too. But studies show that dogs only tolerate hugs and never enjoy them. The body language of the animals reveals this. Put your arms around your dog, restrict its freedom of movement. That stresses him out.
When we think a dog is nice, we bend over and pat his head. Dogs don’t like that at all: it looks threatening to them. Instead, you should make yourself smaller, for example bend your knees. If he allows it, you can also scratch his chest.
Contact from above is threatening for many dogs. © shutterstock.com/mariait
When people are afraid of a dog, they often instinctively stop and stare at it. A huge mistake: this will likely irritate the dog, especially if it is a strange dog. The dog understands that you are scared much better when you look to the side. It can be something different when dogs seek eye contact with their owners during cuddling sessions. However, if you are afraid, you should not look a dog directly in the eyes.
If you move too fidgety and hysterically, your dog will no longer be able to follow you. These ambiguous body signals stress the dog because he cannot understand them. It is just as overwhelming for the dog if signals are not used consistently. Try to calmly communicate with your dog. Think about what you want from him and how you can make it clear to him through gestures and facial expressions.