10 Signs Your Dog Is Mad At You

Dogs may feel unpleasant and uneasy around you, even though they don’t express anger like humans.

They’re most likely just expressing themselves and turning to you to put an end to the cause of their anguish.

No dog owner wants his dog to be mad at him because it often ends in bad dog’s behavior.

This article will discuss 10 indicators that your dog is mad at you.

If you can recognize these signs in your dog, it will be easier to do something about the madness.

In some cases, your dog isn’t mad at you but has a health problem.

Therefore, it’s important to check in with your vet if you notice a sudden change in your dogs behavior.

Doesn’t Want You To Touch Him


Dogs are group creatures, and physical touch is a significant component of their love language.

According to studies, dogs prefer owners who pet them over those who complement them.

Canines groom themselves as a social habit, and when we stroke our pet, we engage in similar behavior in that we express our love for them through touch.

Your dog will feel better after being petted and cuddled because doing so produces chemicals and love hormones.

While your dog might occasionally just not want to be touched and shows you the cold shoulder if you observe that they consistently back away from your hand, it might indicate that they are unhappy or uncomfortable with you.

But remember that your dog may reject your touch for another reason.

The possibility exists that your dog is ill or in pain.

Therefore, given all the advantages of being touched, why would a dog seek to avoid it?

Your Dog Refuses To Sit And Stay


Similar to an insulin child, stubbornness in dogs can be an indication of discomfort, fear, or rage.

When they’re upset, dogs will purposefully disregard your commands as well.

Your dog may stop responding to you if you ask them to sit or roll over when you know they can if they are upset with you or something in their environment.

First, take a moment to examine yourself.

Are you furious, agitated, or angry?

Your emotions may affect your dogs.

Maintaining your composure is essential so your dog will feel more at ease around you.

Some people mistakenly believe that training a dog is all about the dog, but it’s really about the relationship formed between the two parties.

A dog is less likely to take to training effectively if they don’t trust its owner.

Keep in mind that some dog breeds are more stubborn than others.

For instance, huskies lack the desire to please and are somewhat independent.

Related: Read this blog post on proven ways to get a dog to like you.

No Eye Contact


Dogs often turn their heads away when they’re upset to show their discomfort.

That is because dogs frequently opt to flee rather than fight.

Your dog attempts to keep the peace and stave off an attack by turning his head away from you.

A dog who is content and content will probably be willing to look its owner in the eye and try to get their attention.

Journal of Science research claims that when dogs look into our eyes, they form deep emotional connections with us.

Your dog is showing you love when it looks lovingly into your eyes.

It’s evidence that they adore and trust you.

A dog may avoid this kind of interaction and turn away from its owner if it is angry or upset.

You can reestablish your bond with them by giving your dog plenty of room, speaking softly, and assisting them in relaxing.

Dogs are typically worried about their safety and won’t expose their vulnerable parts when unsure of their surroundings, so they don’t let their guard down when you are around.

Doesn’t Relax


Remember that when a dog is sleeping, they are in a very vulnerable position.

When you’re around, if your dog doesn’t unwind or let down its guard, it may be a sign that they feel uneasy, feels anxiety or fear, or another bad emotion.

A happy dog, on the other hand, will relax, nap, and show off its tummy. If your dog chooses to sleep on its side or its belly next to you, they are at ease and worry-free.

Keeps Distance


Dogs are less likely to engage in violent conduct than to choose to do so.

Your furry buddy is likely attempting to avoid you on purpose if they insist on keeping their distance from you.

Your dog can do the same thing as you might by putting some distance between you and that obnoxious person.

Therefore, if your dog runs away whenever you enter the room, it’s apparent that they feel threatened or upset and need to distance itself.

If your dog is upset with you, don’t try to interact with them immediately; instead, let them calm down and come to you when they’re ready.

Remember that maintaining a safe distance can also mean different things.

Different dogs tend to conceal their visible signs of suffering because they think doing so makes them appear vulnerable and weak.

That is a fantastic survival strategy in the wild, but it’s not so great for dog owners who want to guarantee the quality of life for their domesticated animals.

Your dog might also be avoiding you because they don’t feel well. Make sure to observe your dog’s behavior and decide if he needs a visit to the vet.

Growls At You


A growl can represent a variety of emotions, but it frequently indicates annoyance in dogs.

A lot of the time.

Dogs will growl to let you know that they are going to attack because their circumstance is nearly intolerable.

If your dog growls at you when you are petting them, this is a sign that they are upset, and you should stop.

Likewise, a dog is telling you to back off when they show its teeth.

Remember that sudden aggression in dogs can also signify discomfort or illness.

Even a friendly, gentle dog may become aggressive if they are in pain.

Doesn’t Want A Treat


Anyone with experience with dogs knows how much they enjoy a tasty treat.

In light of this, it is a sign that a dog doesn’t trust you or feels uncomfortable in your presence if they reject a special treat merely to avoid your company.

Dogs are intelligent creatures.

By refusing treatment, they frequently express their discomfort with being near someone who is frightened or upset.

When your dog is ill or in pain, that is another reason why they won’t eat your treat.

Your Dog Is Nicer To People Around You


Your family member is curled up on the couch next to your favorite dog when you leave.

But the dog flees when you attempt to participate in the fun.

Additionally, you might realize that your animal companion ignores you entirely and instead follows other family members.

If your dog seeks out other people for attention and interactions but constantly ignores you, the issue is not with them.

It’s you tensing up right in front of you.

Dogs primarily express themselves through body language, so observing your dog’s body language can teach a lot about how they feel.

Fido’s tail is wagging, and his body is at ease when he is joyful.

You might notice his body tense up and stiffens when angry or upset.

That may be used with other unfavorable body language cues like a tucked tail and pulled-back ears.

It is evident that an animal doesn’t feel comfortable in your presence when you try to pet or cuddle with them, and they start to stiffen up or harden its body.

Giving your dog plenty of room to calm down is crucial if they experience this stress level.

Doesn’t Want To Play With You


Building cooperative relationships through play.

Dogs play together when they get along, much as people do.

Dogs like playing just as much as they enjoy a tasty treat. It’s a sign that your pet probably doesn’t want to spend time with you if you take the tennis ball your playful dog loves to play with outside.

But remember that a sudden lack of enthusiasm for playing may indicate that your dog is ill or not feeling well.

Keeps Licking Their Lips, And There’s No Food Nearby


Dogs use body language to communicate.

Licking their lips is just one of several ways they do this.

Dogs may repeatedly lick their lips and nose to express their rage or anguish.

That is particularly true if there isn’t a tasty treat nearby to satisfy their appetite.

That frequently occurs when little kids or total strangers hug dogs.

Therefore, if your dog repeatedly licks their lips when you approach them, it may indicate that they are uncomfortable with you.

Before You Go…

Knwoing the signs your dog is mad at you is important as a dog owner.

A situation where your dog may get mad at you is when you need to cut his nails.

Read the article “How To Cut An Uncooperative Dogs Nails” to discover easy and simple methods to do it without getting your dog mad.

Dimitra Kokologianni, DVM
Dimitra holds a Masters’s degree in public health and a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. She is a versatile professional with over 7 years of experience. Her passion for animal welfare and preventive medicine makes her an excellent resource for our readers.