Top 10 Things That German Shepherd’s Hate Most - GSD Colony Blog Post

Top 10 Things That German Shepherds Hate Most

What German Shepherd hates the most? It’s hugging, bathing, or your brand-new shoes? If we are good owners, there is no doubt that your German Shepherd dog loves you the most, but some things our Shepherd doesn’t like, and we do this every day! Dogs aren’t humans, and there is a different reaction to our actions between humans and dogs.

Okay, what should I stop doing?

What are our bad habits that the German Shepherd dog hates us? We'll build a stronger and better relationship by understanding what our German shepherd likes and doesn’t like. In this article, you’ll find 10 things that your German Shepherd probably hates.


Stop Hugging Your German Shepherd Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

You may think, “This is not true. My German Shepherd loves hugging.” however, it’s the opposite. We as humans understand why someone hugged us, but if we hug a dog, he has no idea what that means and what’s happening.

If you have ever hugged your German Shepherd dog (you probably did it), you have noticed that your Shepherd dog becomes nervous after a few seconds of your hug. Why? Your German Shepherd thinks you want dominance over him. Not only does the German Shepherd hate this, but most dogs also don’t like these feelings, to be embraced.

The study shows that hugging your dog can raise his stress and anxiety level. You can find more on this topic on HERE.


Stop Staring at Your German Shepherd Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

When a German Shepherd stares at something (other dogs, animals, or humans), that's not the best sign. As we know, German Shepherds and other dogs use prolonged eye contact as a threat or challenge.

There is a difference between staring and eye contact. We make eye contact with our German Shepherd daily, and he doesn’t see us as a threat. The polite eye contact between man and dog lasts about 2 seconds, and our body usually behaves. Staring is when we constantly look our dog directly in the eyes.


Stop Yelling at Your German Shepherd  Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

Who likes shouting? No one, not even our German Shepherd dog, likes it. We usually yell at our dog when he makes a big mess, and we want to discipline him, but yelling at a dog won’t help you discipline him at all.

Our German Shepherd sees our yelling as aggressive barking, making them anxious and afraid. Are you feeling frustrated with your German Shepherd Dog? Did he do something wrong? We know it's not easy to own a dog, especially a big one like a German shepherd, but try to keep your volume down.

Interrupting Sleep

Leave Your German Shepherd to Sleep - GSD Colony Blog Post

We all like to sleep, then why would we stop it if we don’t have to? If you wake a man during sleep, he can tell you it's not right what you did, but our dog can't tell us that. Most of us will not think we can interrupt our German Shepherd dog's deep sleep by waking up suddenly.

If you don't have to wake up your dog, don't. If you see your German Shepherd falling asleep in a strange position or running in his sleep, let him enjoy his wonderland :)


Stop Teasing Your German Shepherd Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

It’s not everything a game to our German Shepherd dog. Teasing your German Shepherd dog can increase his aggressiveness and reduce his confidence in you. Imagine someone constantly tickles your ears, touches your food, runs towards you and yells, touches your favorite things, does not allow you to finish the meal, etc.

It's not cool. Stop teasing your German Shepherd dog and give him peace. Pay special attention to the children while playing with your German Shepherd because children can be incredibly guilty of teasing a dog.

Not Letting Your Dog Be a Dog

Let Your German Shepherd to be a Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

We sometimes forget that our German Shepherd is a dog. Dogs love to smell trees and bushes, jump into the mud and roll, sniff other dogs’ butts, roll in the grass, bark, and many other things. Such behavior may seem strange and unusual to us, but it's entirely normal for our German Shepherd dog. Therefore, allow your dog to be a dog.

Leaving Your Dog Alone For a Long Period

Don't Leave Alone Your German Shepherd - GSD Colony Blog Post

Dogs are very social animals and almost always need someone to be with them. Leaving your German Shepherd alone for more than eight hours daily can only negatively impact the dog.

If your German Shepherd spends too many hours alone, this can lead to behavior and psychological issues like separation anxiety, destructive behavior, excessive barking, digging, or even escaping.

If you work long hours, try to find someone who can take out your dog on a short walk, or consider doggy daycare.

Very Strong Fragrances & Chemicals

Avoid Strong Smells on German Shepherd Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

You probably know that your dog's sense of smell is about 10,000 to 100,000 times more sensitive than yours. The strong smell of fragrances or chemicals can bother your German Shepherd dog and even irritate his nose.

When you apply perfume on yourself or use some other products with strong odors (hairspray, air fresheners, cleaning chemicals, etc.), do this as far away from your dog as possible and make sure that these products are non-toxic.

Changing their smell

German Shepherd lost Dog Smell - GSD Colony Blog Post

Most of the German shepherds love to swim but don’t like bathing. This is because they lost their “dog smell.” We generally use shampoos while we bathe our dogs, and those shampoos will remove the smell of your dog. He knows that bathing sometimes can be dramatic, but bathing is inevitable…

A Tight Leash

Don't use a Tight Dog Leash on German Shepherd Dog - GSD Colony Blog Post

Your German Shepherd can get irritated if you pull him all the time with the help of a leash. It’s painful and can injure them. Your dog can easily be leash trained with a proper harness and positive reinforcement or with a prong collar. There is no need to tug on the leash when the dog knows its limits and is rewarded when they listen to you.

What are German Shepherds afraid of?

Common fears in German Shepherds include loud noises, strangers, and other animals. They’re also more prone to fear-based aggression than other breeds. Also, like most dogs, some German Shepherds are afraid of fireworks.


German Shepherds are sensitive to loud noises and may become anxious when they hear them. It’s crucial to gradually desensitize your dog by exposing the pup to the sound at a low level and progressively increasing it over time.


German Shepherds can be very territorial and may bark, growl or bite if they feel threatened by someone they don’t know. Introduce your pup to people slowly and reward him with treats whenever he displays calm behavior around new people.

Other animals

Your dog may be scared of other dogs or any other animals due to past experiences, lack of socialization, or simply because of their herding instinct. It’s important to expose your pup to other animals in a controlled and safe environment.

What is toxic for a German Shepherd?

German Shepherds are susceptible to many toxic chemicals and products that can be found in the home. Many household cleaners, sprays, paints, perfumes, fertilizers, and bug repellants contain potent toxins that can cause serious health problems if ingested or inhaled by a German Shepherd.

It's essential to always read product labels before using them and always store them out of your dog's reach. Additionally, thoroughly clean up after using these products to protect your pet from potential harm.

What smell do German Shepherds hate?

German Shepherds have an incredibly sensitive sense of smell, which is why certain fragrances and scents can put them off. They are particularly sensitive to strong odors, such as those from perfumes, air fresheners, cleaning chemicals, and other products with strong fragrances.

These smells can bother your German Shepherd and even irritate their nose. When you use these products, do so far away from your dog and ensure they are non-toxic.

What do German Shepherds love the most?

German Shepherds love to be active and have a strong herding instinct. They are highly intelligent and eager to please their owners, so they thrive when given tasks or activities. They also love spending time with their family and bonding with them.

Here are some activities that most German Shepherds will love to do!

  1. Run and exercise
  2. Herding activities
  3. Playing fetch
  4. Going for walks or hikes
  5. Exploring new places
  6. Chewing on toys and treats
  7. Swimming in water bodies
  8. Bonding with their family
  9. Snuggling up to their favorite humans
  10. Learning new tricks

Frequently asked questions

Are German Shepherds afraid of water?

German Shepherds can fear water due to a lack of experience and confidence. This fear often results from not being exposed to water early or having had a negative experience with it. German Shepherds may have experienced a deep sense of insecurity when exposed to water, which could lead to an aversion to it.

To help your pup overcome this fear, start by introducing them to puddles or shallow water and gradually move to deeper waters with the assistance of a certified dog trainer.

Can German Shepherds be jealous?

Yes, German Shepherds can be jealous dogs. When we start spending time with someone else or just not giving them enough attention, our German Shepherds can become jealous. According to new case studies, this isn’t anything terrible, and it’s typical behavior for any dog breed.
Learn more about this topic by reading this blog post: Are German Shepherds jealous dogs?

Are German Shepherds known for separation anxiety?

Yes, German Shepherds are one of the most common breeds that suffer from separation anxiety. If untreated, this condition will result in a series of painful symptoms for your dog, including heavy panting, whining, barking, slobbering, destruction of property, and soiling indoors. Your dog may also become agitated and try to escape.

Learn more about this topic by reading this blog post: German Shepherd Separation Anxiety


It is impossible to allow our German shepherd dog to do whatever he wants, so we need to introduce some rules to follow. Some rules we will hate, some rules he will hate, but the most important thing is to find a balance so that we are both happy and content.

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We all make sometimes mistakes... If you want to build a really good relationship with your German shepherd dog, you must understand what he loves, and what he hates. We hope that this tutorial will help you to better understand what human behaviors dog most hate.

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