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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-05-2014, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Paw on face, what is this?

I have two Germans, male and female. Both are well bonded and well behaved animals. The female is still a bit of a chewer and overly curious but she is young. Male is solid, very self assured and "in his place" sort of dog. Not much ruffles his feathers.

Anyway, they have of late begun to paw at my face during snuggle time. Snuggle time is any time that I'm at their level, they both simply like to roll around and wallow on me. I love it, it's a great way to check them all over for bumps and whatnot.

The female has always been a roll over type, rub that belly! My male has either watched and picked it up from her or figured out he too enjoys a brisk belly rub. Now that both default to on back legs up position, they both are now insistent on planting a paw on my face or on top of my head. The male pushes and grunts, stretching it seems. He's wicked strong so I get shoved around a good bit. The female is more of a slight contact situation, she pats my face and wiggles her butt. Both maintain contact, it's not a random leg flailing thing.

My question is what would a behaviorist have to say about their seeming need to contact my head/face?

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