It’s fair to say that all dogs are different, and temperament varies significantly from dog to dog. But if you’ve owned a few female dogs, you might find they, just like us humans can occasionally be a little moody.
Perhaps their hormones might be a little out of sync, or they can occasionally just be a little more complicated to figure out than their male counterparts. A sweeping generalisation of female dogs is that they can be more aloof, independent, stubborn and less needy than some male dogs are. But there are exceptions to the rule!
Male dogs know how to throw a good strop when they don’t get their way too! If your female is often a little bad tempered and you notice they seem to have days where they’re less than impressed with life, don’t fret. There are some things you can do to help.
Give her space
If your female dog is taking herself off in what you can only describe as a ‘huff’, then let her. Probably the worst thing you can do is start to fuss over her too much. She might just need a little time to herself to chill out a bit. Give her some space and she’ll hopefully come around when she’s ready.
Distractions can help
If she’s up for a healthy distraction then get some toys out and have a good play together. She might simply want a bit of your time, and to let off some steam by running around with her toys. Or a great distraction is to go out on a walk, this will get rid of excess energy and help keep her mind occupied on all the sights and smells.
There could be an underlying reason
If your female dog has always been a little moody every now and then, then there’s no cause for alarm. But, if she suddenly changes her temperament and behaves out of character, it’s always best to seek veterinary advice. Dogs will often act differently if they are uncomfortable or in pain – so head down to your vet to check for any underlying conditions.
Make sure it’s not you that’s moody
Female dogs especially can be very sensitive to your moods. It might not be your dog that’s causing an atmosphere in your home – they might be absorbing negative energy from you. So do be aware of how you’re acting and behaving around them. If you’re stressed, they may also feel stressed. Your dog might not be moody she may just be concerned for you.
Remember we all have off days
Cut your female pooch some slack. Humans have bad days, and so do our canine counterparts. If you let her ride out her mood – the chances are she’ll be back to her normal self in a day or so. As long as she’s not acting out or being aggressive in any way, then you can just give her the time she needs to feel better again.