If you suspect a dog doesn’t like you, don’t stress—you can probably change that. Also, in many cases, this is not hate at all.
Insider spoke to Karen Soeda, a veterinarian at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and a specialist in animal behavior. She says that sometimes a dog may seem dismissive of someone when in fact they are nervous or uncomfortable around the person.
Here are some signs that your dog may not be your biggest fan. And some advice on how to change that.
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9 Surprising Signs Your Dog Doesn’t Love You – Even If You Don’t Want To Admit It
For example, if your dog does not trust you, he may closely track your movements.
It is not a good sign if your dog does not make eye contact with you.
If your dog is afraid of you, he may bend over or hide.
If your dog leaves the room you’re entering, he may be intentionally trying to keep his distance.
If your dog refuses to accept rewards from you, he may not like you very much.
If your dog’s fur is poking, he may be frightened or threatened by you.
If your dog seems nervous around you, that’s not a good sign either.
Sometimes, a dog’s body stiffens when he’s uncomfortable around you.
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In more serious cases, your dog will growl or bite you if he feels you are threatening him in any way.
Fortunately, there are a few strategies you can try to make your dog feel warm.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider in October 2019. It has now been reviewed and updated.