I'll admit I am astounded and unfortunately also conflicted.
DH and his sister who I love so much, not only didn't grow up around dogs-- they are in the absolute fullest sense of the word "not dog people
." They love Grimm, do many kind things for him-- but they love him from a distance.
Here's what's the base of the problem:
When Grimm interacts with someone, especially when he comes to them while socializing, he lowers his ears way down so his forehead is totally smooth, lowers his head and neck, grins a gentle grin, makes happy soft eyes, and-- gives some licks. Not the disgusting long slow slurps, but a short, slappy, loud, brief tongue lash that sounds like a banner snapping in the wind. He may do this a few times in a row, too. I love it. Smiley boy giving kisses
of greeting. DH and his sister, however, do NOT like dog kisses at ALL.
The shrink back as if dog kisses were plutonium-laced.
Grimm knows "Leave it," "Out," "Kiss-kiss". He knows "Pfui" and "Accckk-aaackkk!!"
I don't know what to do, what I want
to do. I want Grimm to be able
to stand there and be petted without licking someone who doesn't wish to be licked.
I could for a specific command maybe that he knows THIS greeting or person must be withOUT a kiss? As I said, I love
this greeting-- for myself. This is a very strong habit of Grimms, and totally natural
for him. If you have a pulse, you're his friend. This is his way of showing it. But, it is not welcomed by DH and his sister.
I am wondering, has anyone else dealt with this? Did you just have a "no kissing" command.. or teach the dog specificly to stand with butt towards person, for example-- adopt a specific petting posture?
What did you
do re folks who hate dog kisses?