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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 07-27-2014, 03:34 AM Thread Starter
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Puppies and People hugging - Behavior?

Hi guys Riley is our first GSD and he is now 4 1/2 months. For a while now, if my husband and I hug he will run up and try to get between us. He doesn't growl, or bark, no stiff body, hair raised or anything like that. He'll jump up on us and paw at our sides or back. He'll continue until we're separated. He's fine if we're cuddling on the couch, but if my husband leans down (if i am sitting) to give me a hug - Riley will immediately jump up onto the couch or onto the recliner and get between us. When my husband moves away he'll lay down on me or sit next to me. After a short while he'll go back to laying down on the floor.

I've heard that dogs in general view hugging differently then people. Does he do this because it seems very strange to him and he is concerned? Or is it maybe along the lines of he thinks we're playing and wants to play to? (He gets TONS lol) The only other thing I thought of was jealousy but i think he'd be doing other things? Was just wondering if your pup's like to do this to and what your opinions are on it! Thanks guys

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lol that's awesome never saw that before' he is probably jealous or sth, or yea he probably wants to play as you , when dogs hug they put there heads on each others sholder

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This is resource guarding.

Correct the dog, do not let him paw you, and your husband should not move away.
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This is resource guarding.

Correct the dog, do not let him paw you, and your husband should not move away.
What makes you think of resource guarding? He does't do it every time but most of the time. If we're both sitting on the couch together and cuddling he doesn't do it, and not all of the time if I am sitting down and my husband leans down for a hug.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-06-2014, 08:12 PM
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I doubt this is resource guarding given that there's no barking growling etc. More likely we're attempting to maintain "order' or what the pup thinks is "normal" behavior (since hugging doesn't happen all the time the way just sitting on the couch does). Our GSD would do it if someone put their feet up on a chair to stretch out lol.

Having said that...you probably should indicate to the dog it's no big deal (however you normally indicate not to react to something without getting angry).

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Diesel does this too if I am hugging anyone, however no barking of any sort. He jumps and puts his paws on us, but that's it. Correct him, tell him no and keep hugging so he knows it is okay. He also tries to walk between us.
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He is trying to control both of you. I would put him in time out (collar grab without saying anything and behind a closed door for a few seconds), then continue cuddling with each other. The cuteness will wear off quickly when he weighs 90 pounds.
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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-14-2014, 07:00 PM
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My female tries to push between us because she wants to be part of it. I initially thought it was bossy behavior but it's not. She does the same thing if I give a lot of attention to our other dog unless I put her into a Stay first. If it bothers you, make the dog stay.
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This might be pack behavior. When she sees this she may be confused about the pack order.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-15-2014, 08:32 AM
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Kato does this, and he's 80 pounds and his nails hurt when he jumps up to get in between. We are working on correcting this. He does it when we hug or when we sit together. He has to be in the middle like, HEY WHAT YOU GUYS DOIN?
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