Naturally, we love our Staffies, who are part of the family. But do they understand everything that we humans do to them? Of course not, which is why we need to be aware of common Staffy owner mistakes.
Are you aware that some of your actions might make your Staffy irritable or even a little fed up? The things that might annoy your staffy are distinct from things that annoy us. Even the most relaxed Staffy will dislike some of the things you do. If they put up with it, it’s because you’re their world, and they aren’t the type to snarl or snap.
Of course, there are certain things we have to do that aren’t going to impress your Staffy, such as vet visits for one. Few dogs enjoy a trip to the vet, and they seem to sense precisely where you’re headed as soon as you get in the car, even though they’ve been in the car countless times without visiting the vet.
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No two Staffies are the same, and while one might tolerate some things you do, another might hate them. So, here are 8 things your Staffy Hates (maybe).
Looking at pictures of people hugging Staffies are great for uploading to their Social Media channels, but most Staffies are uncomfortable with hugging. This is especially true when strangers hug a Staffy.
Yes, Staffies let their humans hug them all the time because they love you and tolerate the sensation. Some Staffies might see this as a threat when you put your arms around the dog’s neck and upper body. Some Staffies love a hug; they are lovable dogs; however, make sure your Staffy loves hugs and look for signs they are uncomfortable.
Don’t Force Your Staffy to Play With Other Dogs
Even though your Staffy enjoys going to the local park, you shouldn’t try to make them become friends with another dog if the chemistry is missing. This is one of the typical Staffy owner mistakes.
While some Staffies are very independent and enjoy playing alone, others can be social and enjoy playing with other dogs. Your Staffy will decide if they enjoy the company of other dogs and want to play.
Don’t Get In Your Staffy’s Face
Staffies usually don’t like it when people get right up close to their face, in much the same way they feel about hugging. How would you feel if someone came within an inch or two of your face? You might feel a little aggrieved. Don’t make a sudden movement to get into your Staffy’s face while you stand over them, and avoid putting your hands in their face.
As the owner, there are times when you have to get up close and personal; your Staffy needs a good ear cleaning and teeth brushing. But when you do, go slowly and have several small treats handy. Show your Staffy it’s a good thing.
Staffies Like to Sniff And Explore
Staffies enjoy their walks for reasons other than just getting exercise. Your Staffy experiences the outdoors while out on a walk; they don’t get so excited because they need the toilet.
Your Staffy uses his nose to explore the world around them; the other senses come into play once their nose has done its job. We are guilty of rushing our dogs along on a walk when it’s raining or we’re pressed for time. Still, it’s cruel to a Staffy not to let them take a few minutes to explore a particularly enticing smell.
How would your partner feel if you dragged them out of their favourite shop when they’ve found something interesting? Not pleased, I know that. Make time for your Staffy to explore properly next time you both go for a walk.
Lack of Rules
Humans tend to avoid rules as much as possible, but Staffies are creatures of habit, like all dogs. Have you ever noticed how your Staffy does things at the same time every day? Staffies have an internal clock.
A Staffy wants feeding at the same time every day and enjoys walks at the same time every day.
Despite appearances, your Staffy needs rules. You have probably not taught your dog the rules if they are acting out.
You’ll probably notice that your Staffy is happier after a few days of following set rules and routines. Routines and rules help your Staffy feel more secure and make the world more predictable for them.
Yelling & Punishment
I don’t know anyone who looks forward to being yelled at or thinks physical punishment is reasonable behaviour. Well, Staffies feel the same way and yelling at them is one of the common Staffy owner mistakes.
Staffies may not understand what we say, but they can tell when we are upset and angry. It’s possible that yelling and harsh punishment frighten or upset a sensitive or fearful dog. These techniques won’t make your relationship stronger, and fear does not equate with respect.
You’ll probably discover that yelling and harsh punishment don’t work in the long run because your Staffy becomes desensitised. Even if your Staffy isn’t a nervous dog, they’ll probably do what they want anyway, and you’ll be listening to the sound of your own voice.
Dressing Up Your Staffy
There’s a good chance your Staffy detests dressing up unless you gradually accustomed them to wearing clothes (or from a puppy).
Although most Staffies don’t like them, many will tolerate costumes or outfits. But think about what your Staffy is feeling before you force them into a costume.
It makes sense to put a warm jacket on your Staffy in the cold months because they feel the cold, but you might have to draw the line at hats or shoes. You can tell by your Staffy’s body language if you’re going too far.
There are plenty of Staffy owner mistakes, but this one must be recognised. Staffies are very social dogs and love nothing more than being around their humans. Many Staffies suffer from separation anxiety, which can be a real problem with this breed. But we all have many things to do in daily life, so we do have to help our Staffies get over separation issues.
When at home, spend as much time as possible with your Staffy. Establish a daily schedule that includes lots of physical activity and mental stimulation. Find a dependable pet sitter with which your Staffy feels at ease if you’re out of the home for long periods.