For some, it seems almost a small sport to fool dogs as often and sustainably as possible. Most just get angry without thinking about it. Or they argue that the animal is supposed to have fun doing it. Experience shows that the opposite is the case. Dogs can develop serious behavior problems if they are pissed too often. The difficulties can take on such violent forms that even a strong-character dog will eventually become frightened or aggressive.
Of course, all forms of annoying dogs have a particularly drastic and lasting effect on puppies. But even older dogs can go through long-term changes of character through constant harassment. Noise from a vacuum cleaner, for example, or from a stick rattling along a fence may at first seem to cause "funny" reactions in the dog. But these actions can lead to panicky behavior, disturbances of self-confidence and a changed temperament. Direct actions such as pulling the tail, nudging or knocking over can lead to uncontrollable, often aggressive reactions.
If your dog is irritated by the implied throwing or hiding of his toy and the corresponding action is not positively resolved, your four-legged friend becomes frustrated. In the end, all of the above-mentioned actions can have the result that your dog's trust in people is permanently disturbed. This can result in hyperactive, uncontrolled behavior or even bites.
It seems that people often get out of the blue when dogs bite. At least who the warning signs ...
Children sometimes have the habit of loving the dog completely within the family, but nevertheless irritating and provoking it with delight. This is not meant badly, they just are not yet aware of the consequences of their actions. With dire consequences: Although many dogs are extremely tolerant of overly spirited children, bite injuries often occur in the little ones. Teaching the child how to treat the dog in a friendly and respectful manner protects and increases the safety of your loved one.
Separate the child and dog immediately if your sprout starts to annoy or hurt the four-legged friend. Bring your dog to an extra room or to the garden. Explain to your child that it is dangerous to irritate dogs or inflict pain. Emphasize that dogs are not stuffed animals, that they must be treated with care and respect. Announce that your child will no longer be allowed to play with the dog if it is not treated more gently.
Teach your child that animals, like humans, feel and feel pain when harassed. Ask your child how it would feel if they were pushed or pinched by this or that. Praise your child for showing empathetic reactions to your questions and explanations.
Make sure that your child is no longer alone with the dog. This applies even to the smallest moment. Monitor closely the interactions until your child has learned not to annoy the fur friend or to hurt him. If you continue to observe such behavior, create more breaks in which the child and the dog are separated. For example, explain that your child is no longer allowed to play with the dog because of an action for the rest of the day.
Teach your child how to understand your four-legged friend's body language. Draw attention to signs that your dog does not like human behavior. For example, growling, lifting the lips, lifting the tail or standing very stiff and still. Warn against looking directly at such signs. Instead, your child should slowly move away from the animal.
Let your child know that the dog should never be chased or hunted when it withdraws from it. Warn your child of situations in which the dog cannot get too close, pet or play with the dog. For example, when the four-legged friend eats, sleeps, looks after its puppies and gnaws on a bone or toy.