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Signs that a Dog Thinks You’re a Bad Person

Have you ever heard of dogs being able to sniff out things like cancer and other diseases? Well, they can actually sniff out “bad people” too. Dogs can sense an angry person by smelling the chemicals that are emitted through their skin when their heart rate and blood flow increases. Crazy, right?!

Here are some signs to watch out for if a dog thinks you’re a bad person:

  • Backing away
  • Hair standing up on their backs
  • Guarding “their people” or things
  • Growling
  • Ears back in fear
  • Intense, staring eyes
  • Barking
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    Watching someone’s tone of voice, actions, and energy is a defense mechanism for a dog. This is how they know if someone is a safe person, or a dangerous one. If your actions, volume, and energy are making a dog uncomfortable, they will run away out of self-defense. But be careful. If a dog feels threatened and cornered, that’s when they could react in an aggressive way.

    This is why it’s important to be careful when having small children around a dog. Even though the child might not mean any ill-will against the dog, they can seem like a threat. If the child is screaming, running around, and crashing into things, it will put your dog on high alert.

    And if the child starts to run at the dog, hitting them, trying to climb on them, or yanking their ears—the dog will feel cornered and under attack. This dog might not be aggressive typically, but they could seriously feel threatened and trapped in this moment. And then they might react aggressively.

    Yes, dogs can sense kindness too! If a dog seems relaxed and at peace, its because they feel safe. They can tell that the energy around them is relaxed. When you act calm and confident, a dog will know you are a kind, good, safe person. They will feel comfortable letting their guard down.

    But if someone else enters that safe space with anxious, loud, or hostile energy, your dog will immediately feel unsettled and become guarded.

    Signs that a Dog Thinks You’re a Good Person

    Here are some signs you can look for in a dog to see if they think you’re a good, safe, kind person.

  • Wagging their tail
  • Soft, staring eyes
  • They’re sniffing you
  • Tilted head
  • Mouth open and relaxed
  • Following you around
  • Not guarding “their people” or things
  • Relaxed demeanor
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