Things Your Dog Doesn’t Understand

Dogs are quite smart. Your furry buddy may run and hide if he hears the word Bath. Or, he may bounce with excitement if you pick up your car keys. However, it’s important to remember that dogs don’t think the way we do, and they don’t see the world in the same way. Read on as a Cameron Park, CA vet lists some things Fido just doesn’t understand.


Coming home to discover that Fido chewed your shoes or tore into the garbage is frustrating, but punishing him isn’t the way to correct this behavior. Dogs can form good or bad associations with certain objects, people, places, or behavior. However, if you try to address something after the fact, you’ll probably just confuse your pet.


Dogs see hugs very differently than humans do. We hug to show affection, comfort, or support, or sometimes just in greeting. Our canine pals, however, often ‘hug’ to show dominance over each other. Your pup may not mind if you hug him, and there are definitely some pooches that love being cuddled. However, you should never hug a strange dog.

Why You Go Away

While most of us would love to hang out with our pets all day, in reality, we have to go to work. You may not be able to explain bills or money to your furry pal, but you can make his alone time more fun for him. Offer Fido lots of fun toys to play with, and leave a TV or radio on for him.

The Concept of Safety

Dogs are very enthusiastic, which is one of the many things we love about them. However, Fido has been known to happily barrel right into trouble. Your pup doesn’t know what is and isn’t safe for him to eat or play with, and he definitely doesn’t understand the dangers of traffic!


We really can’t blame our canine companions for this one. After all, cats are rather confusing. Fluffy uses a litterbox, willingly cleans herself, and only wags her tail when she’s mad. None of this makes any sense to poor Fido!


Many of our canine patients give us some adorable confused and disapproving looks when they’re getting examined or receiving vaccinations. Sorry, Fido: It’s for your own good!

Please contact us, your local Cameron Park, CA vet clinic, anytime. We are here to help!

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