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Is Your Dog Mad At You

So, your canine friend has suddenly started chewing up the furniture and peeing everywhere like he hasn’t done since he was a little pup. Is he revenge peeing for all of your away time? It’s human nature to want to anthropomorphize our furry friends. But do they actually get mad at us for some reasons?

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Does he get mad at you when you leave him home alone all day? So first things first, “do dogs have emotions?”

According to PetMD, dogs process emotion and sensation just like humans do. Studies have shown they are capable of feeling happiness, anxiety, depression and optimism. They definitely experience basic emotions such as fear, anxiety and joy. For instance, your dog can get jealous when you give too much attention on another pet. A certified dog trainer and associate certified dog behaviour consultant, Nannette Morgan explains that a canine’s emotional development caps around that of a two-and-a half-year-old human, while affection, excitement, shyness and suspicion are common emotions canines feel.

What about dog anger? Morgan says, dogs can get angry but they don’t have the capacity to assign blame to an emotion – in other words, your dog might be angry, but he’s not cursing you inside his interior doggy monologue or destroying your furniture to release some of his anger. It’s crystal clear that our pooches aren’t mad ‘at’ us in the way that we’re imagining!

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Keep in mind that dogs express their emotions as they experience them. If your dog is truly ‘mad’, you will notice it immediately and know what makes him angry. Your dog lives in the moment, so don’t connect his destructive behaviour as payback for your absence.  He’s not trying to get back at you for being left alone. And of course, he won’t slam the door or yell at you.

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If you feel like your pooch is mad at you, maybe he isn’t getting as much as excercise as he’s used to or he doesn’t handle being alone well. His poor potty habits and destructive behaviours could be a sign that something is up – he is anxious, bored or has excess physical energy! So, be sure to keep your pooch mentally and physically stimulated. Dogs have to indulge in activities for their physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis and if they don’t get enough of either, they will often act out.

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Another possibility is that the appearance of anger stems from a physical problem such as joint pain. If your dog appears to be exhibiting anger or any other behaviour changes that last for more than a few days, a trip to your vet is highly recommended.

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