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Old 07-27-2014, 03:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 07-27-2014, 06:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
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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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