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12 Awkward Moments Only Dog Owners Will Understand


I had a couple of friends who recently got dogs, and they shared some of their stories about the awkward moments. Here are my favorites:

Embarrassing farts

  • Then there’s the fact that your dog can fart at any time, and it’s not like you can garner sympathy for him by saying he’s nervous or stressed out. He’s just plain old horny and has to let loose.
  • If your dog farts in front of someone who isn’t a member of his immediate family, then there’s no way you’re getting away with not being embarrassed about this. You’ll have to face the fact that everything your dog does is embarrassing—even when something as simple as farting happens in front of non-family members!
  • Farts are loud: This one should be obvious; dogs don’t care how loud they make their gasps because it doesn’t affect them in any way other than making them feel uncomfortable (and maybe even causing some pain). They’re just doing what comes naturally!

Awkward growling

Dogs growl to communicate with other dogs and their owners. They growl as a warning, not a threat. For example, if your dog hears another dog barking or howling in the distance, he might growl at it in an attempt to let you know that there are strangers nearby and he doesn’t want them near his territory.

Additionally, when you’re teaching him new commands like “sit,” “stay,” or “come,” it’s important that you don’t give him too much attention while he’s doing these things—because if he gets too excited about what’s going on around him, his focus will be disrupted. This could lead him into giving off aggressive behavior like lunging toward the object or person closest at hand (whether that’s YOU!).

Walking into the wrong bathroom

One of the most awkward moments you’ll experience as a dog owner is walking into the wrong bathroom. You may be in an unfamiliar location, and without your dog by your side to make sure that you’re at the right place, it can be easy for even the most experienced travelers to get turned around.

Luckily for those who have lived through this scenario before—and those who haven’t—there are some simple things that can help ensure that no one gets lost while they’re on their travels:

  • Ask someone where they think they’re going! If possible, ask someone familiar with where they should be going rather than asking strangers on the street or looking at signs posted everywhere (which may not always exist). This will also help if there needs any clarification regarding what exactly constitutes “this” direction versus another one down there somewhere else…

Not knowing what to do with a stray dog

If you see a stray dog and are unsure of what to do, the best option is to call the local animal control. They will take care of it, so don’t approach it yourself unless you’re sure that it’s safe for you.

If the animal is injured or in poor health, call your vet immediately. You can offer water when they need it, but only if it’s safe for them (and yourself).

Not knowing what to do at the dog park

If you’re new to dog parks, there are a few things you should keep in mind:

  • Don’t worry about what other people think. It’s not their place to tell you how to interact with your dog or what kind of toys and treats are appropriate for him.
  • Don’t worry about whether or not your dog will get into another fight over territory with other dogs at the park (although this can happen). Dogs are animals! They’re always going to be territorial about who gets their favorite spot on the floor by their owner’s feet during playtime—it’s just part of being a pet owner!
  • Don’t be afraid that your pup might feel intimidated by larger breeds because they may intimidate other smaller ones; most dogs don’t care whether something is big or small as long as it’s playful. In fact, many breeds have been specifically bred down in size so they can play well together regardless of size differences between themselves and others around them

Bringing home the wrong dog from the vet’s

One of the most awkward moments is when you bring home a dog from the vet and it turns out to be someone else’s dog. I’m sure that this has happened to at least one person in your life, but if you haven’t experienced it yet, then it must have been because of some kind of weird coincidence.

While there are many reasons why this could happen (e.g., grooming mistake), one of the main ones is that dogs can look similar! Their name may also be similar—and often times their coat color and length will be too! And let’s not forget about age differences: some breeds grow faster than others; thus resulting in different sizes over time (and sometimes even within an individual). So how do we get through these awkward moments without getting angry?

Waiting for your dog to poop when it’s raining or snowing outside

When you’re walking your dog outside, and it starts raining or snowing, the last thing you want to do is stop and wait for them to go potty. But if you don’t take them inside when they need to go, they’ll be anxious and uncomfortable until they can relieve themselves. And trust us: once your dog has an accident in the house (which could happen at any time), it’s going to smell pretty awful!

So here are some tips for how long dogs can hold their bowels while they’re waiting out bad weather:

Hurling a ball and missing, and then having your dog pick up another dog’s poop in its mouth.

When your dog picks up another dog’s poop in its mouth, it can be awkward. First of all, you may not want to share your dog with other dogs. Second of all, if the other dog is a sick one and does have diarrhea or vomit on its coat or legs (or even worse), then there’s no telling what kind of bacteria could be present in that fecal matter! Thirdly—and this is especially important for those who own multiple dogs—if your pet eats something that makes him sick and causes him pain when he tries eating again later on because he has diarrhea from eating bad food (or even just bad treats), then you might need an emergency vet appointment ASAP!

Also remember: Dogs love playing fetch! That means they’ll happily run after balls thrown into their yard. But sometimes…well let’s just say sometimes things happen when we least expect them like having our house broken into while we’re at work or being caught off guard by a surprise visit from our kids’ friend who showed up unannounced despite having been told not too show up without calling first…

When your dog is afraid of thunder and lightning during a storm.

There’s nothing more embarrassing than watching your dog cower in fear when thunder and lightning begin to roll in. If you’re a dog owner and have ever been afraid of thunder and lightning, then you know how uncomfortable it is to watch your pet squirm around while they’re trying to hide from the storm.

It can be difficult for dogs to understand why they feel this way—and even if they do, it doesn’t mean that they won’t react strongly when there’s an opportunity for them to flee or hide somewhere safe. For example: if someone tells me that my dog was scared during a storm last year (which was only about four months ago), I’d probably remember every little detail about what happened during those few minutes alone with him… but today I’m not so sure anymore!

Having dog fur all over your clothes after petting the neighbor’s dog.

If you’re one of those people who pet the neighbor’s dog and then goes home to do laundry, make sure to leave your clothes out for a couple hours before putting them in the dryer. You may be tempted to put your clothes on immediately after petting the dog, but this will only cause more fur particles to stick onto your skin. Instead, wait until all traces of dog hair have been removed from the clothing before putting it in the dryer.

The longer you wait between when you petted a dog and when you wash it off with soap and water (or other cleaning agents), the better chance there is that all of its leftover fur will come off as well—but don’t expect miracles! Even if everything else looks clean enough after washing away every bit of dog fur from inside out (which won’t happen immediately), sometimes even after several washes still leaves behind some stray bits here or there; so make sure these are also cleaned thoroughly before hanging up again where everyone can see them!

Walking by someone else on the street who you think is walking your own dog until you get closer.

Walking by someone else on the street who you think is walking your own dog until you get closer.

You’re not just a person, you’re also a dog owner! When people see your pup and mistake them for yours, it can be awkward as all hell. But don’t worry: we’ve got some tips for how to handle this situation so that it doesn’t become too much of an issue (or at least make things less awkward).

Walking in on someone else doing something bad because they thought you were still at work and your dog was alone at home.

You’ve been home all day, but your dog is still by himself. You think, “Maybe I should go out and get him something to eat.” Well, it’s not like he can eat any of that stuff on the floor! So you go into the kitchen and open up a bag of food for him—and then you hear some strange noises coming from inside his cage. It sounds like someone is in there with him!

Trying not to make too much fuss about it (because after all, this could be just an innocent mistake), you walk over and peer through the bars at what appears to be two animals locked in combat: one being a medium-sized cat sitting atop another smaller animal who looks suspiciously like your own beloved pet. But wait…it’s not really either of those things at all—it’s actually just one big pile of poop covered in hairballs!

Dog ownership can be awkward!

Dogs are cute, but they can be awkward. They’re not like cats; they’re not like other people; they’re not like other animals and they sure as hell aren’t like any of your other pets. It’s only you who gets to talk to him or her on a regular basis—and if you don’t know how!

The first time I walked into a pet store with my boyfriend (now husband) and saw all those cute dogs running around, I was immediately drawn to them by their cuteness factor alone. But then I thought about it: “They could hurt me!” And that was just one example of how differently our brains work when it comes to animals versus humans or even plants/inanimate objects such as furniture or appliances.


If you’re lucky enough to own a dog, then you’ve probably had some awkward moments. It’s not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you don’t love your pet. In fact, I guarantee there will be someone out there who feels exactly like you do right now!

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