You Become Nervous About Everything Your Dog Does
Say you decide to host a party. While your dog is social — and seems to greet guests accordingly — you feel a sense of embarrassment over every stray bark, growl, or butt scoot. Long story short, you’re viewing your dog as a reflection of yourself, totally forgetting that your guests are familiar with dogs. And guess what? Your dog is being a dog.
Being a hyper-aware dog owner isn’t a terrible trait. In fact, it just means that you’re in tune with your pooch. But in the beginning, you’re so afraid of the title of “parent” that you might feel a little open for judgment. It’s quite similar to the pang of embarrassment you’d feel if your baby starts having a public tantrum. Babies cry, and it doesn’t mean it’s because of something you did.