We love our dogs so we shower them with hugs and kisses. The problem with our display of affection, however, is dogs don’t perceive these gestures as affectionate. There are absolutely some affectionate gestures dogs hate.
Affectionate Gestures Dogs Hate
It’s really hard not to want to hug our dog. Humans show love by hugging. By hugging our dog we feel we are displaying our affection but dogs feel confined and stressed not loved.
Some dogs may tolerate a hug but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it. Hugging makes dogs uncomfortable. If you notice your dog’s ears flat and pinned back against his head, face turned, licking his lips, or yawning, it’s wise to back off. Your dog is letting you know he is uncomfortable being hugged. Don’t hug the dog!
Because our dogs lick us we assume they like kisses from us too. Not necessarily! Dogs do not like when anyone gets in their face. It makes them extremely uncomfortable. Dogs lick us for many reasons. For dogs, licking is s a natural instinct. Other reasons for dog licks are, they like us, we taste good, they are seeking attention, or as a submissive gesture.
Our kisses are quite different than a lick from a dog’s view. My little Chihuahua seems to adore kisses and even puts her face against mine for more. My Doberman and Boxer on the other hand are not fond of kisses. Your dog will clearly let you know. If your dog is turning away from you, licking his lips, or even snapping, then listen to his signs. Don’t kiss your dog!
Pats on the head
So many times I witness people want to greet a dog with a pat on the head. Most dogs dislike this gesture. It can be intimidating and fearful from a dog’s view having a hand move over his head. This is especially true if it is someone the dog does not know that well. Would you like it if some stranger came up to you and started patting your head? Probably not!
Your dog wants affectionate pets but in the right places and times. Try petting your dog on the chest, shoulders or back of the neck. Favorite places for scratches is on the back near base of tail around neck.
Treat your dog with love and respect. Use appropriate gestures your dog will enjoy and avoid human affectionate gestures dogs hate. Your dog will be so much happier and feel more loved.