I hate my Dog (5 reasons + what to do)

In this article, titled “I hate my dog,” we will present the reasons why you can hate your dog.

You can also find some beautiful quotes about dogs, written by famous people.

The latter can affect you, and you may stop saying, “I hate my dog,” and get more positive feelings towards him, or at least reduce negativity.

I Hate My Dog: The Reasons Why

Even though you chose dog as a pet, and loved it for being your loyal and friendly to you, some reasons can make you hate your dog.

Here are some of them:

  • The dog requires daily care – You started petting a dog, but by the time you can get annoyed because of the daily care, you have to feed your dog, take for walks, and play with him. It can cause you to shout, “I hate my dog.”
  • Your dog licks and slobbers – You can like the dog, but it is not a must to like his slobbers, right? It can be disgusting if your dog licks or tries to jump and lick your face every time you go close to feed or to play with him.
  • He smells – Even when you wash your dog, you feel the smell that is specific for dogs, and it can make you keep some distance (even though it is hard because the dog is usually “amiable”). It can also make you angry, and you can catch yourself on the thought, “I hate my dog.”
  • He barks at nothing – You come from work and need to rest and enjoy the evening, but your dog barks a lot, and you do not see any reason why. It can be a strong reason to say, “I hate my dog.”
  • It pees in the house – You have to clean after your dog because it uses the house as a toilet. If this happens often or becomes a habit for the dog, it will be natural that one day, you yell, “I hate my dog,” and think about giving him away.

I Hate My Puppy – Why?

Unfortunately, this happens oftentimes when somebody gets a puppy just because they are cute or because they like the idea of having a puppy, then you hear them complaining: “I hate my dog!”

Truth is, you hate your puppy because it won’t let you rest.

Listening for hours and day after day to the barking of a dog can drain anyone’s patience and more, if you need to rest or concentrate to perform a task. 

Those dogs that start barking from 8 in the morning without stopping until their owners return from work at 3 in the afternoon can be exhausting for those who have to endure them or those that bark every two by three, whatever time it is.

Also, it can be one thing to have to put up with a crying and barking puppy for the first few days, and quite another to put up with a dog that has been barking nonstop for ten years.

I Hate Dogs & I am scared of them

Dog phobias are irrational and intense fears. You can also have a phobia of some situation or another living being.

The most current theory about the origin of these focuses on the learning factor.

It is possible that, even if a person has not had a negative experience with dogs, there has been someone who, in their childhood, has been instilled with an irrational fear.

Fear is different from phobia.

In the first case, it is a logical response to an external stimulus: the fact of having had a bad experience with a dog that has attacked us.

This creates a feeling of insecurity.

In the case of phobia, it is an irrational reaction, which does not respond to a logical process, because there is no cause that triggers it.

It indicates that some people, even just by looking at the photo of the animal they have a phobia of, feel rejection and fear.

Tips if you don’t like dogs

  • Try to rationalize the fear and the hatred and detect where it comes from.
  • Try to have a progressive approach to dogs to overcome barriers.
  • If there is the possibility of taking good care of it and it is not an insurmountable fear, it is advisable to jump into having a dog, as long as you can take care of it together with other members of the family.
  • Educate children in respect and tolerance for dogs. Do not use animals to instill fear or threaten them.
  • Find out about what dogs are like: the social tasks they perform, how they relate to each other or what their needs are.

I Hate My Dog: Confessions

Here are some confessions of people who have negative feelings towards their dogs too, and say, “I hate my dog”:


We got our dog about three years ago. After a few months, I knew it was a mistake. However, we got the dog from the pound, & he had been there for so long! No one wanted to adopt him. He is very annoying & very dumb, uncommonly so. He hates playing, hates our big backyard, is awful on hikes, & is an all-around dumb, whiny dog who sucks up money & stinks up the house. I do not like him, but I feel too guilty to get rid of him, so I figure I will just put up with him until he is dead. 


Dogs can be annoying. First off, they stink; it does not matter how much they are bathed; they will still smell bad. Second, there is no noise more annoying than a dog barking. Third, they always need attention and love; they have no self-respect. My cat has his own life that does not revolve around whether I have hugged him today, but a dog is like this pathetic creature that has to be told he is a “good boy” every ten seconds.

There are dog people, and then there are cat people; you, my friend, are a cat person. It does not make you strange; it makes you someone who wants independence, freedom, and some peace.

Do you know why dogs dig people out of avalanches and earthquake rubble, do you know why they risk their lives chasing criminals. It is because they are so freaking desperate for attention and praise that they are willing to prostrate themselves into slave labor.

Moreover, I, for one, am sick of being told by society that I have to find these balls of pathetic, smelly, potentially dangerous, obnoxious, loud, and idiotic creatures cute.

They do not need a right home; they need therapy because they have no self-respect.

I do not get the dog thing. It is like having a toddler that never stops relieving itself.

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I hate dogs with a passion. They are slobbering, dumb, stinky, & needy animals. I never used to hate them until my useless fool of a boyfriend got one, and I was not interested in getting one. He promised that he would take care of it, but little by little made me do things for it. Eventually, I did put my foot down, and he does everything for it now. He resents me because I get to sleep in while he has to get up and feed and walk that annoying whiny smelly needy animal. He is the one who was so set on getting it; no one made him. I think he regrets it and hates the annoying thing, too, but he has too much pride to admit it. He never pets it or spends time with it. When it comes around wanting pets, he yells at it to get away from him, and if it still does not get the message, he swats at it but does not hit it. He does not abuse; it just does not give it any affection. He goes through the motions of feeding it and walking it, doing the bare minimum. He works as an engineer, and his job is demanding, so the useless mutt causes him stress and anxiety. It adds nothing to his life. Currently, he is talking about getting rid of it, making the excuse that he travels too much for work. However, I can tell he hates taking care of it. Not everyone is a dog person.

I Hate My Dog: Quotes

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.”

—Agatha Christie

“The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.”

—Johnny Depp

“Dogs never bite me. Just humans.”

—Marilyn Monroe

“I have seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically, dogs think humans are nuts.”

—John Steinbeck

“If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.”

—James Thurber

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”

—Gilda Radner

“Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”

—Robert A. Heinlein

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I Hate My Dog Now That I Have a Baby

If you hate your dog now that you have a baby the reason might simply be that your baby has needs that may be very similar to that of your dog’s, which may mean that you are feeling like you are stretched thin between the two creatures in your life that need you.

In some cases people also start feeling like they hate their dog when they have a baby because they may be suffering from PostPartum Depression, which can make it hard to deal with stimuli that weren’t as troubling before.

Hating your dog now that you have a baby may be a sign that you are not getting as much help or time to yourself as well, because both a dog and a baby are needy and count as major responsibilities, and if you feel that you are dealing with too many responsibilities, it may be a problem.

If you feel that you hate your dog now that you have a baby, the reason might simply be that both of them are asking for the same kind of resources, and since you have a biological attachment and imperative towards your baby, the anger and frustration might feel like hatred for your dog.

When you find yourself thinking “I hate my dog now that I have a baby”, you can do some of the following things:

  • Take some time off from your responsibilities.
  • Talk to your partner
  • Hang out with adults who don’t need you for a change
  • Seriously consider finding your dog other accommodations so he can get the care he needs

I Hate My Dog Barking

Many people may love their dogs but find themselves thinking “I hate my dog barking!”, because a dog barking is often a sign that your dog is distressed or that there is a problem somewhere, or it may just be annoying to your senses.

A dog may go on barking incessantly for many reasons, which are important to consider before you start feeling like you hate your dog for barking, and these are:

  • He may be nervous or anxious
  • He may sense that you are distressed in some way
  • He may not be getting enough exercise
  • He may be acting out for attention
  • He may be sick
  • He may be poorly trained
  • He may be uncomfortable in some way
  • There is something he sees or hears that you don’t.

If you hate your dog barking all the time it may be worthwhile to consider looking for a dog trainer to help with their behavioral issues and see what can be done, because most dogs stop barking for no reason when they are trained properly.

Another thing you can do instead of hating your dog for barking and yelling at him for it is ignore the barking, and only pet him or give treats when he stops, because this may tell him that you prefer him quiet.

It may also be good to make sure your dog gets more exercise and is tired out by the time you go to bed or rest, so that he is quiet and you don’t have to exclaim “I hate my dog barking!”

I Hate My Dog While Pregnant

It is not uncommon for people to feel that they hate their dogs while pregnant, because it may be their hormones causing them to become very vulnerable to the little things the dog does or its need for attention and help, and it may often lead to difficult situations for both the dog and the pregnant person.

Some people also say that they hate their dog while pregnant because it is possible that according to the evolutionary theories and the intrinsic wisdom passed down from our ancestors makes us feel that it may not be wise to have a carnivorous animal like a dog nearby when there will soon be a baby in the house that is vulnerable.

While dogs are great and make for amazing pets, there are still many instances of them hurting babies and so on, and even though these are very rare instances they still prove that hating dogs while pregnant can be evolutionary in nature and based in simple biology.

There are also articles that suggest that when childless people have pets, especially dogs who need so much attention, love and care, they can sort of “parasite” the maternal instincts of both women and men which means that the instincts designed to be directed toward children are directed towards the dog.

When the baby comes along, even when someone is just pregnant and not a parent yet in the truest sense, it can suddenly come as a realization that the person hates dogs while pregnant.

My Dog is Making Me Depressed

Saying that “my dog is making me depressed”, may also be a result of externalizing a problem that is largely internal and you may be focusing your depression on your dog as a stopgap that is keeping you from admitting your own feelings to yourself.

Symptoms of depression may appear for any reason, and having challenging responsibilities like a dog that needs constant care and attention, may make you feel like it is your dog that is making you depressed.

The truth is that getting a pet, especially getting a dog, can actually help with depression, perhaps because playing with a dog can be a good form of releasing serotonin, or maybe just because they satisfy our needs for affection and comfort.

While you may feel that your dog is making you depressed, a Psychology Today article says:

“Eighteen of the 30 studies found that, as a group, there were no differences in rates of depression between pet owners and non-owners.

Five studies reported that pet owners were more likely to be depressed than non-owners.

A couple of studies obtained mixed results. One reported that unmarried women with pets were less depressed than no-pet counterparts, but the reverse was true of unmarried men. And a 1999 study found no general differences in depression rates of gay and bisexual men, but that HIV-positive men with pets who had few, if any, friends were less depressed. 

Only 5 of the 30 studies found that, as a group, pet owners suffered less from depression than people who did not live with a companion animal.”

I Wish My Dog Would Die

When you are having trouble with your dog and when he just won’t listen or obey, you may have bad thoughts as extreme as “I wish my dog would die”, and if that is happening to you, it may be time to look for another home where he may fit in better.

Feeling that you wish your dog would die is an extreme case and you may even feel horrible for thinking that, but the truth is that you are human and are allowed to feel human thoughts about situations that are making you sad or miserable.

However, if you are experiencing problems with your dog that are making you feel like you wish your dog would die, clearly there need to be some changes in either yours or your dog’s life, which may be in the form of therapy for either of you.

Sometimes people also wish that their dog would die when the dog gets too sick and is barely hanging on but clearly in pain or discomfort, and if this is your situation, it may be worthwhile to discuss euthanasia with your veterinarian, because it will alleviate a lot of the dog’s suffering.

Whatever the reason, if you find yourself thinking that you wish your dog would die, it is time to get proactive and figure out what you can do about making the best life for you and your dog.

I Hate My Dog But My Husband Loves Him

If you hate your dog but your husband loves him, it may be good to talk to him about it, and see what can be done, like him making sure that he takes the complete responsibility of the dog and makes sure that you don’t have to deal with him.

Many people often find themselves tied down to a pet that is needy and active when they didn’t even want it in the first place, and they may then be stuck feeling that they hate their dog but their husband loves them, and that can even cause rifts in the relationship.

The solution to hating your dog but your husband loving him is to talk to your husband, before anything, without ultimatums and without threats, and in a calm manner.

You need to express why you hate the dog and talk to your husband about seeing what can be done to change your situation so you can both be happy.

Even if you hate your dog, your husband loves him, so you need to stay away from angry outbursts about the dog or threats to leave if the dog doesn’t, because it may cause problems in the relationship even if your husband agrees to let go of the dog.

FAQs about the topic “I hate my dog.”

What do I do if I do not want my dog?

If you do not want your dog, you should do the following:

– Figure out the reason or the reasons why you do not want to pet him,

– Think about alternative solutions. For example, if a family member is allergic, instead of leaving the dog, you could consider allergy medications,

– Talk to your family members including kids, and inform them about your intention,

– Find a new home for your dog; you would feel more peaceful if you give your dog to someone trustful, who knows the dog and will take care of him well.

– Spend some quality time with your dog before giving him away,

– Treat him well before leaving.

Is owning a dog stressful?

Owning a dog can be stressful.

You should consider the daily care (feeding, taking for a walk, cleaning after the dog, and playing with him), and some other details connected to dogs’ nature. 

Why are dogs so needy?

The reasons why are dogs needy can be because they are bored, nervous, or are not stimulated physically or mentally.

So, if the dogs want more attention from you, or need some stimulation, they can display needy behaviour.

Where can I give my dog away for free?

You can give your dog away for free or low-cost to a local animal shelter or a rescue group.

To find them, you can apply for The Shelter Pet Project. 

Can dogs change owners?

Dogs can change owners.

However, every time they change owners, dogs feel insecure and anxious, so if you give your dog away, you should make sure that he will fit in the new home and the new owner.

Can I leave my dog alone for 12 hours?

You can leave your dog for 12 hours, but the thing is that your dog can get sad and stressed.

Research showed that it is too long to leave dogs alone for 10-12 hours; even though dogs often adapt to their owner’s routine, if it were up to them, they would avoid being alone.


In this article, we discussed the reasons why people say, “I hate my dog” and presented some confessions from dog owners.

Dogs are considered to be people’s friend, and it has good qualities, but before deciding on pet one, you should think about other not-that-pleasant qualities and details, which can be unbearable for you.

And in the case, you already have a dog and say, “I hate my dog,” you should find a new right home for him to feel more peaceful.

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