I provide affection, the amount depends on each animal. My husband is more affectionate towards the animals then I am.
Hondo doesn't care for affection. If he comes up to me and stands next to me, I'll give him a scratch. If I'm sitting and he sits next to me, I'll give him a scratch. But to me it's more like acknowledging his presence. "Yes, I see you here, thanks for stopping by." He would rather lay on his own as long as he can see me.
My husband will lay on the floor and cuddle with Hondo. You can see in Hondo's face and body language that he is tolerate of it. It's as if he knows it's expected of him with hubby. Hubby will lean over and give him body hugs. Hondo won't move until he's done.
Maggie needs affection, from anybody. Therefore, I give her more affection then I do the rest of the dogs.
Tug will not tolerate body hugs or anything that would confine him. He likes scratches, but that's his limit.
Lonestar is still young. His idea of affection is tug and fetch. He is only now starting to settle long enough for a good scratching. For him, it's ear rubs. Anthing else, to him, is an invite for play.
Even with my horses, if a horse comes and stands next to me, (to me) they are requesting body touches (affection). I'll give them a good scratching. But I won't halter and hold and require them to allow me to be affectionate. To me that is totally different than grooming.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA