Ok, let's just talk about today. Let's just talk about 1 pen in my kennel. Karma. Yep, she's the one I posted a while back sitting on the girls. She likes hugs. If I try to pick up a baby puppy, she squeezes in-between for her hugs. She doesn't want them short and sweet, she wants to crash into my body, get hugged and get scritches on her side and butt.
Now, she also jumps up and licks me in the face. I try to tell her that that is rude behavior for doggies. She doesn't seem to think so though. So I put out my arm so her front paws can rest on my fore arm, while I hug her and she licks my face.
This is NOT stressing her out at all. If I was chasing her down and not leaving her alone and cornering her or dragging her by a leash so I could hug her, maybe. If I crawled into her dog house or crate after her to hug her, maybe. But she is naked, and is coming to me, she collapses herself into me to specifically get hugs.
And baby-puppies, that are biting like little alligators, when I bring them up to my face and give them a little hug, they lick my face. I swear, they bite my arm like a bite-sleeve, but my face, licks.
Now, understand that they trust me, I am a huge constant in their lives, and their mother is there and she trusts me. If you bring a 3 year old bitch home from the shelter, and you get down on your knees and wrap your arms around that dog, that is going to be totally intimidating. I your 5 year old dog is raised in a single family home with 1 adult and no kids, and suddenly you host your brother's family with three small kids, and they are after the dog, chasing it down, and hugging it, yeah, that might not go over very well after the dog has clearly had enough.
When a vet tech needs to hold the dog so the vet can dig down into an ear, or take blood or something, sometimes the vet tech puts her arms around the dog in a hug.
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