So yes, continuing to change smells on our environments must be extremely confusing to a pooch made to depend, above all, on its nose. Not to say anything on how often we change how we look by the things we put on &/or carry.
Dogs? Well, they usually shed about once a year. Us? we change clothes everyday & all this comes with the expected change of scent. It may thus not be surprising how long it may take for some dogs to more readily recognize their environs. That also goes for distinguishing between caretakers & possible thieves.
Canines have paws, not hands. Don’t be surprised, then, if they may look at you quizzically when using them with other humans. Dogs may do something similar with their forelimbs, but usually on role-play or even more aggressive situations.
If you’re then hugging a pup, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t seem comfortable with it. Dog’s instincts are geared more towards identifying said behavior as a threat, as in when fighting. I’m also talking from experience when a dog snapped at me even when expressing affection through my body language.
That leads to the next point. Dogs like to bite during play. They may use their noses better than us, but our skin is more susceptible to pain than theirs. What a pup may think to be a harmless bite, it’s bound to be hurtful for us.
By using their faces much more than us for things we use our hands more for, it’s bound to puzzle them when we attempt to suddenly quit rough-playing with them. As they seek to communicate ever more with us in their way with their mouth, dogs won’t often understand what it means when we say, ‘stop!’.
Canines are made to be scavengers. So they may naturally wonder why do we often seek to feed them in trays. It may catch them off-guard when we react negatively at their licking at stuff left over as they go about their day. As long as it’s available to them, they’ll naturally go for it.
But why are they territorially confused by us?