Last Updated on December 11, 2019
Ouch…to know that your dog dislikes you is such a painful feeling! But doesn’t it make you question what might be causing your dog to dislike you?
Not all dogs easily accept their new parents, especially the dogs that were previously subjected to abuse or neglect, which is extremely heartbreaking and warrants a lot of care and patience from you.
Much like humans, dogs experience emotions of joy, pride, sadness, distress, excitement, anger, guilt, anxiety, love, and disgust, and since animals sense auras as well, they may be cautious around people with aggressive energy.
if your new furry friend doesn’t consider you a “friend” yet and is uncomfortable around you it shows in their behavior. For example, do they stiffen or avoid you when you approach them or try to pet them? Do you find them watching your every move as if analyzing you?
Those are some of the signs that your dog dislikes you and there are many more.
#1 – They bite when you try to pet them
If you’re trying to give your dog some love and they bite your hand or start growling, it’s the first tell-tale sign that they’re threatened by you and are reverting to their basic instinct: biting.
There could be different reasons for this; either because your dog is scared, also known as fear aggression, or you’re approaching them the wrong way.
A scared or shy dog will either hide from you or defend itself by attacking you, so what you should do is approach them slowly and calmly from the side and not just appear behind them all of a sudden!
Avoid direct eye contact to not intimidate them as you walk closer. If the dog’s body language relaxes a bit, start by gently petting their chest or neck and give them treats later to help them warm up to you!
#2 – They don’t make eye contact with you
Sometimes dogs avoid eye contact when they’re feeling guilty after chewing your shoe or eating your homework, however, if your new dog doesn’t meet your gaze or ignores you when you’re around, they probably can’t stand you!
Dogs often choose flight over fight mode when they feel threatened by something, so if your dog runs and hides under the table don’t follow them.
Give them space, time, and lots of treats until they start to like you more!
#3 – They don’t eat the food you give them
Some pets don’t eat the food their owners hand them because they don’t trust them yet.
If your dog refuses to eat the food you give them but they do when you’re not around, it could be because they’re anxious and still uncomfortable around you. You must give your dog time to warm up to you and trust you more.
However, if the dog skips all the meals or starts vomiting, it might be a sign of a certain illness so you shouldn’t delay a visit to the vet.
#4 – They watch you when they think you’re not looking
It’s amazing how similar animals are to us! When your dog doesn’t trust you enough, they remain watchful and track your every move, especially when they think you’re not looking.
Then, they may look away or hide when you meet their gaze. As adorable as your dog may seem when they do that, don’t try to force such reactions out of them just for fun, which will only make them more nervous or afraid of you.
Be patient and calm and avoid yelling or making loud noises around your new dog as they may interpret it as aggressive behavior that is directed at them.
#5 – Your dog leaves a room as soon as you enter
Again, a dog’s body language and behavior can tell you a lot of things.
Let’s say that you entered a room and you noticed that your dog’s hair stood up the moment they saw you. This could only mean one thing: the dog really dislikes you.
If your dog leaves the room whenever you show up, then they’re also likely thinking, “This person again…Well, time to run!”
Don’t panic or feel discouraged when this happens. As long as you respect your dog’s space when they try to be alone, train them well, shower them with dog treats when they successfully finish a task, play with them, and take them out whenever you can, you should be fine.
Your dog may dislike you now but they will come to you themselves when they start to trust you and think, “Well, this human isn’t really that bad!”