Why Do Dogs Not Like When You Blow On Them?

Ah, the age-old spectacle of a human trying to amuse their furry friend by puffing a gentle breath towards them, only to be met with a furrowed brow or an evasive maneuver.

The keyword to this amusing encounter?

“Why do dogs not like when you blow on them?”

Is it the unexpected sensation, a threat to their sensitive olfactory senses, or something deeper in their canine psyche?

Dive with us as we unravel this peculiar mystery of our four-legged friends’ behavior.

Main Reasons Dogs Dislike It

Powerful Noses

A dog’s nose is genuinely incredible.

If our noses were like books, a dog’s would be a vast library.

Now, imagine someone flipping all those books open at once.

That’s what blown air might feel like to dogs.

Their noses get flooded with smells, which can be super overwhelming.

Sudden Surprises

Picture this: You’re relaxing, maybe reading a book or watching TV, and someone suddenly pops a balloon behind you.

You’d jump, right?

That’s the kind of surprise dogs might feel when we blow air at them without warning.

Sound Sensitivity

Did you know dogs can hear things we can’t?

Their ears are super-powered.

To them, blowing might sound like a loud whistle or even like someone hissing.

And just like we might want to cover our ears at a loud noise, dogs might want to duck away.

Past Memories

Dogs have their past, just like us.

Maybe in their past, a gust of wind blew a door shut, or maybe they had a scary experience with a loud fan.

When we blow on them, those memories might come back, making them a bit scared.

Personal Space

You wouldn’t like it if someone you didn’t know very well suddenly came very close to your face, right?

Dogs feel the same way.

They have their personal bubble, and blowing air into their face might feel like an invasion.

Misread Actions

For dogs, the world is all about signals.

A wagging tail, a raised paw, or even a whining.

When we blow on them, they might wonder what we’re trying to say.

They could be thinking, “Is this a game? Are you warning me of something?”

Evolutionary Instincts

Long ago, dogs lived in the wild, kind of like lions or wolves today.

These wild dogs had to always be ready in case something dangerous came close.

If they felt a sudden blow of air, it might have meant danger was near.

Today’s dogs still have some of those old feelings.

So, when we blow air on them, they might think it’s a sign of danger.

Discomfort from Dryness

Imagine you’re on a swing on a windy day, and the wind dries your eyes out.

It doesn’t feel good, right?

When we blow air on a dog’s nose, it can dry it out.

Their noses are super important to them, like our hands to us.

So, when it gets dry, it might not feel nice.

Breathing Interruption

Dogs love sniffing around and exploring with their noses.

It’s their way of understanding the world.

When we blow air on their face, it’s like someone covering our nose when we’re trying to smell a flower.

It can surprise them and make it hard for them to breathe for a moment.

Unnatural Experience

Most things dogs experience come from nature, like wind, rain, or sunshine.

But a human blowing air right into their face?

That’s a bit strange for them!

It’s not something they’d find in nature, so it might feel weird and surprising.

Temperature Sensitivity:

Imagine stepping out on a cold day without a jacket.

Brrr, right?

Dogs can feel temperature changes, too.

If we blow air, that’s too warm or too cold onto their face. It might make them feel uncomfortable, just like how we’d feel if someone suddenly made us very cold or hot.

Associative Behavior

Let’s say you once ate a green jellybean, and it tasted bad.

The next time you see one, you might not want to eat it, right?

In the same way, if a dog had a bad time with something that blew air, like a noisy vacuum, they might be scared when we blow on them because it reminds them of that bad time.

Vibrations and Frequencies

Dogs have super ears!

They can hear things we can’t, like very high-pitched sounds.

When we blow air, it might make a sound or feel that’s hard for us to notice, but dogs can.

If they don’t like that sound or feeling, they might want to move away.

Is It Dangerous To Blow on Your Dog?

So, beyond the surprise, could there be real dangers in blowing air on our furry friends?

Risks to Eyes

Our world is filled with tiny things that fly around, things like dust and dirt.

If we blow air directly onto our dog’s face, these particles could get into their eyes.

Remember the last time you had an eyelash in your eye?

It was irritating, right?

It’s the same for dogs.

Ear Infections

Inside a dog’s ear is a deep, twisty path.

When we blow air into it, stuff can get trapped inside.

This can lead to a wet and uncomfortable feeling.

And if left unchecked, it might even turn into a painful ear infection.

And we don’t want our fur buddies to be in pain!

Why You Shouldn’t Do It

Understanding our canine friends requires seeing the world from their eyes and respecting their boundaries.

While blowing air might seem like a harmless, playful act to us, for our dogs, it’s a completely different experience.

Stressing Your Pet

Consistently blowing air on a dog can introduce a great deal of stress.

Dogs, much like humans, are creatures of habit and comfort.

Activities that provoke anxiety or discomfort can lead to behavioral issues down the road.

Continually exposing them to stressors can make them more timid, anxious, or even aggressive over time.

Moreover, high-stress levels in dogs have been linked to health issues, much like in humans.

Breaking Trust

When you share your life with a dog, trust is vital.

It’s the foundation of every command they follow, every play session, and every calm moment at your side.

By continuously doing something that discomforts them, you risk eroding that trust.

Think of it as a friend repeatedly playing a prank on you.

After a while, trust wanes, and you might start anticipating the next prank rather than enjoying their company.

Risk of Unwanted Reactions

All dogs have different thresholds for what they find acceptable.

By blowing air on them, you might accidentally push them over their limit.

Some dogs, especially those with traumatic backgrounds or strong instincts, might react aggressively.

This could result in unwanted behaviors such as nipping, barking, or even biting in extreme cases.

Better Ways to Play

Our pets rely on us for their entertainment, exercise, and mental stimulation.

It’s crucial we choose activities that are both fun and beneficial for them.

Dog-Friendly Games

Games like fetch aren’t just about chasing a ball; they cater to a dog’s primal instincts of chasing and retrieving.

This provides them with physical exercise and mental satisfaction.

Tug-of-war, when played correctly, can be a great bonding experience and can help them burn energy.

Puzzle toys, on the other hand, engage their brains, keeping them occupied and stimulating their intelligence.

Always ensure that the toys and games are suitable for your dog’s size and temperament.

Spotting Discomfort

As pet owners, our dogs’ well-being is our top priority.

Always be attuned to their body language.

A dog showing signs of discomfort—like excessive panting, avoiding eye contact, tucking their tail, or crouching down—might be feeling overwhelmed or scared.

It’s essential to recognize these signs early and adjust your actions accordingly, ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for them.

Before You Go…

You now know why dogs don’t like when you blow on them.

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Mena Emad, DVM
Mena has a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary medicine. His expertise, passion for animal welfare, extensive knowledge, and experience in the field of veterinary medicine make him an excellent resource for our readers.