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Old 05-21-2014, 10:04 AM   #11 (permalink)
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interesting. i am thankful for all the immediate replies. so some dogs just don't like it and never will. these are the first 2 dogs i ever had so my experience is limited. i guess it is what it is. he likes to lay upside down and get belly rubs. we'll just do that and give julie all the hugs.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm teaching Seger to lay on his side and "Relax" as well. Heavy treat reinforcement.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:22 AM   #13 (permalink)
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interesting. i am thankful for all the immediate replies. so some dogs just don't like it and never will. these are the first 2 dogs i ever had so my experience is limited. i guess it is what it is. he likes to lay upside down and get belly rubs. we'll just do that and give julie all the hugs.
Believe me, I get the, "I wanna hug my dog" thing, but that dream went out the window with Titan. He doesn't even lay in bed with me if I ask. He will move if he thinks I might try to cuddle, lol. Just his personality.. cuddling si on occasion on his terms.
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:38 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If you sit back and think about it..... Hugs are weird! Especially to an animal who doesn't want to be constrained. I cuddled a lot with my girl as a puppy... So she is cuddly. She lays her head on my face in the morning, and lays her paw across me... And she's not fond of being hugged. I can't say if a giant strange sounding being constrained me that I'd be happy either. If it scares him that much, I'd say stop. The last thing you want to do is hurt your relationship..... And your nose!


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Old 05-21-2014, 10:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Rorie and Anja have 2 very different personalities-Rorie will snuggle-while Anja is more the aloof GSD-Anja never liked hugs-however as she has aged if I hug her she seems to enjoy it and seems really content -so maybe dogs change as they age
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Old 05-21-2014, 10:46 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I second this: The Other End of the Leash is one book EVERY dog owner needs to read. The author (Patricia McConnell) explains that hugging is a primate behavior that is unnatural for dogs. It can sometimes even translate as aggression in canine body language. Her study of canine behavior showed that some dog bites of humans are precipitated by a hug. This was also found in a NIH study. Some dogs are able to bridge primate communication and accept it--others aren't. So don't put your dog in a position where he may someday feel he needs to defend himself from you.

Here are a few links while you wait to get the book:

Doggone Safe: Dogs Don't like Hugs and Kisses

https://www.patriciamcconnell.com/th...eleash/hugging
I really liked your links especially the second one, makes a lot of sense about how primates breast feed and have the natural tendency to hug.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:04 PM   #17 (permalink)
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he likes to lay upside down and get belly rubs.
a truly dominant dog (which is kind of a rarity in every day life) would not lay on its back near you because that is an extremely vulnerable position and they only do that with people they trust
you are the boss already since you feed the dog and provide for it
dont worry about dominance with your dog just respect that he does not care for your arms around him
what i do when a dog likes to lay on its back to get rubs is often lay down with it to snuggle and be close without hugging
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Old 05-21-2014, 04:04 PM   #18 (permalink)
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My female loves hugs and cuddles. My male NO hugs!!! He sounds like a bear, he doesn't growl but make it known hey I don't like that. He has been that way since he was 7 weeks old. I just respect his personal space and if I want a doggy hug I go to Athena as she is much more affectionate and thrives on hands on affection. Sinister love praise and rubs but no restraint type hug. He will climb up and lay on my lap and lay on me just not me holding him.
Dogs have their own personalities and corks. They are not all the same.
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Old 05-25-2014, 07:14 AM   #19 (permalink)
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My dog is now 3yrs and he never likes hugs or affection.He might lean against you for 5 secs for a pat but then he clears off again. If you are sitting outside he will sit away from you and not beside you. I don't mind as I don't want a sappy dog anyhow
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Old 05-25-2014, 08:15 AM   #20 (permalink)
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So stick with what the dog likes. Some humans don't like hugs, either.
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