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02-15-2014 11:53 AM
MichaelE
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Originally Posted by Angelina03 View Post
If it wasn't fulfilling for my dog, he wouldn't seek it... In such cases, we are not the ones "trying" to interact with him. It's the other way around.

The "dog" doesn't dictate anything and Rocco gets plenty of outside "play" including fetch and tug, and walks. But he's an affectionate dog (for which I am VERY happy, I like affectionate animals) and I'm not going to reject him when he asks for it "just because he's a dog and shouldn't be allowed to 'dictate' when he gets affection". That's just ridiculous to me. Sometimes people are so over the top... I love to cuddle with my puppy, whether he climbs on me or not. He's a happy dog and I'm a happy human. It's my choice. We are both fine with it. He also sleeps on the bed with us. Again, our choice, we are all fine with it.

What's upsetting is when others who know nothing of your life, act like they know so much better than you. You raise/train/treat your dog however you like and will mine however I like. When I need advise I will ask for it. Thank you.


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Amen.
02-15-2014 07:36 AM
doggiedad when my dog does that he wants my attention. when he does
that i'll play with him, pet, call him up on the sofa, take him out,
throw his ball down the hallway, play "find it", tell him to "go to
Rosie" (then my GF will engage him), talk to him, etc. i don't ignore
him.

when my dog wants attention he'll nudge you with his nose,
stand or sit in front of you and whine, stand in front of you
and back up and bark, jump on the sofa and lay close to you
and whine, lay close to you and lay on his side with his front
leg raised, walk back and forth to us, pick up a toy and bring it
to you.
02-15-2014 07:26 AM
doggiedad lol.

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It is like Stewie on the family guy. German Shepherd style. LOL Mum, Mummy ,Mum ,Mum ,Mum ,Mummy ...
02-15-2014 07:09 AM
Angelina03
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Originally Posted by JanaeUlva View Post
This reminds me of another thread where a human is trying to interact with their K9 in a fashion that isn't really fulfilling for the dog.

I would not let the dog dictate when you give attention, however that means you have to make sure that during the day you provide enough attention in the form of K9 appropriate activities that burn off energy and satisfy a dogs natural drives - such as playing fetch, tug, hiking, flirt pole, agility, lure coursing, whatever. But hugging and petting is primate; letting him climb on you is not something I would encourage.

Whenever I say this I have people who get upset because "their dog likes to be pet and hugged". Yes, mine do too. But not all the time and most certainly not as my main form of interaction with my dog. Exercise for a dog is so important and the type that creates engagement and a bond with the human is the best kind.
If it wasn't fulfilling for my dog, he wouldn't seek it... In such cases, we are not the ones "trying" to interact with him. It's the other way around.

The "dog" doesn't dictate anything and Rocco gets plenty of outside "play" including fetch and tug, and walks. But he's an affectionate dog (for which I am VERY happy, I like affectionate animals) and I'm not going to reject him when he asks for it "just because he's a dog and shouldn't be allowed to 'dictate' when he gets affection". That's just ridiculous to me. Sometimes people are so over the top... I love to cuddle with my puppy, whether he climbs on me or not. He's a happy dog and I'm a happy human. It's my choice. We are both fine with it. He also sleeps on the bed with us. Again, our choice, we are all fine with it.

What's upsetting is when others who know nothing of your life, act like they know so much better than you. You raise/train/treat your dog however you like and will mine however I like. When I need advise I will ask for it. Thank you.


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02-14-2014 05:46 PM
kserjeant My girl is always putting her paw on me for attention then when I stroke her head she just lays her head on my lap with her paw still on me. She is lush. I could not have wished for a better dog, I am so lucky
02-14-2014 04:03 PM
HOBY I have always used this behavior as a training session. Your boy reminds me of my last boy Jack [RIP]. Busy boy who needed a lot of work. I would do brain games with him in the house and light agility outside when he acted like this.
I use to touch Hoby's paw with a nail cutter to help get him use to the tool. It helped. I also do games like a high five. We play left right, right left using my left hand to his right paw and my right had to his left paw. Makes it fun on your terms..... When I am at my desk Hoby will sometimes come over, sit, put his paw up on my leg with his ears forward, wrinkled eye brows with a deep warm stare. He gets a gentle response and then crawls under my desk and lies on my feet falling asleep. Keeps my feet warm.
02-14-2014 01:33 PM
JanaeUlva Of course dogs like human contact, my dogs love human contact. But every dog is different about the type, the amount, the timing of our human type of affection. The was my point that you missed.

It's super that you have a dog that likes to crawl into you lap for hugs and it's super that he can elicit that affection when he needs it and you oblige and it's super that he doesn't want to go out and play. You have the perfect dog for you.


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Originally Posted by shepherdmom View Post
Exactly like hand holding. That's how I think of it too. They want that connection. Not play time, not demanding just a gentle, hey I'm here I want to touch you.

I know what my dogs need. Do you?

Ya think?! I am 100% positive my dog needs human contact. He does not want to go out and play or be exercised. In fact if I tried he would look at me like what are you stupid?



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02-14-2014 01:33 PM
SummerGSDLover I used this behavior to teach shake and high five. He doesn't use his paws as much and when he does, I do a short training session and then cuddle and massage him.

*-*Summer*-*
02-14-2014 11:27 AM
Magwart I don't mind the gentle "pat you" paw some calm dogs do, but others (esp adolescents) can be real nuisances with the "punch you" and "scratch you" paw.

I have a current foster adolescent who was taught bad habits in his previous home -- including hard paw slaps and scratching against the human for attention (very annoying). We're redirecting the attention-seeking behavior to a simple sit. He's quickly learning that the obnoxious behavior gets him ignored, but if he comes and sits calmly next to me and looks at me, he'll get affection from me. So far, it's working better than "no" or any correction, as the corrections just amp him up and make him worse. Often, after a little bit of petting, he'll just lie down next to me and relax because he's in a much calmer state of mind this way--way better than when he arrived and was constantly trying to climb all over me.
02-14-2014 11:11 AM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Fiddler View Post
If I am sitting quietly or laying in bed Gracie ALWAYS has one paw on me.
It's not the type of thing that says she wants to play or wants me to
pay attention to her. It's just a constant contact while she lays quitely beside me. If I move away she make an adjustment so she can reach out and
touch me. I kind of like it, it's almost like a hand holding thing.
Exactly like hand holding. That's how I think of it too. They want that connection. Not play time, not demanding just a gentle, hey I'm here I want to touch you.

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This reminds me of another thread where a human is trying to interact with their K9 in a fashion that isn't really fulfilling for the dog.
I know what my dogs need. Do you?

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Whenever I say this I have people who get upset because "their dog likes to be pet and hugged". Yes, mine do too. But not all the time and most certainly not as my main form of interaction with my dog. Exercise for a dog is so important and the type that creates engagement and a bond with the human is the best kind.
Ya think?! I am 100% positive my dog needs human contact. He does not want to go out and play or be exercised. In fact if I tried he would look at me like what are you stupid?
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