9 Things Humans Do That Stress Out Our Dogs

3. Expecting your dog to obey you just because he wants to make you happy

While our dogs love seeing us happy, they’re still animals and opportunists (for instance, if they see an opportunity to snatch some leftover chicken off the counter, they will usually take it!).

Some dogs do obey their owners simply to please them, but most of them perform for one simple reason: to receive their reward!

Vet Street explains that inconsistent rewarding will most likely lead to inconsistent behavior. And you can’t be angry with your dog for not obeying if he can’t expect a treat in return.

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Next Up: Using multiple verbal cues to indicate the same behavior

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