Some Dogs Just Don’t Like Petting

There are many reasons Some Dogs Just Don’t Like Petting, A dog is man’s best friend as the saying goes. They are known to be playful, and affectionate, which makes them the perfect companions for people. Albeit not all dogs like to be stroked or petted. Many are just altogether unaffectionate. Why is this? If your dog doesn’t like to be petted or isn’t all that affectionate, should it bother you Let’s investigate.

Some Dogs Just Don't Like Petting
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Watch Their Body Language

If you’re approaching a new dog, you don’t know his personality yet his likes and dislikes. Never think that petting is a welcome thing with all dogs. Be sure to only pet a dog after you are sure he wants to be petted mainly by asking the handler. To be sure if petting is OK, 

Watch Their Body Language

  • Is his tail high at the base over his back? 
  • Is he barking?
  • Does he seem over stimulated?
  • Is he staring at me with squinty eyes or is he being ignorant towards me?

If the dog’s tail is high at the base, this is a sign of over stimulation. A dog can also show it’s indifference by staring at you intensely and there is a good chance of a bite! As things are, he/she doesn’t want your attention right now.

 Where Do Dogs Like To Be Petted?

Each dog is different but generally, dogs that enjoy petting like it on the chest, shoulders, and the base of the neck. Most dogs dislike being touched on the top of the head, on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws, and tail. Petting should be gentle and calming for both you. If you attempt to pet a dog and he responds with dominant behavior like showing the white of his eyes or raising a stiff tail, stop petting him and give him space.

A dog that is staring at something else, like an object or another animal is not focused on you and may not be aware you are there. His focus should not be disrupted with a hand coming towards his face or body. This can easily lead to a bite.

Especially watch out for dogs with soft, squinty eyes and a tail that wags at a medium pace or is in a low position. It is best if the dog approaches and sniffs at you, has a wide sweeping wag in his tail and shows signs they are relaxed. These are the main signs that petting is fine with him/her.

Do dogs like hugs and kisses?

Short answer is No way!! Save your hugs and kisses for your wife or girlfriend. While your dog may put up with or seem to like these expressions of affection, most dogs feel threatened and become anxious when locked in someone’s arms unable to move away. Kissing a dog risks injury if they’re having a bad day.  Children especially need to learn early not to hug or kiss a dog and to handle even the gentlest, sweetest dogs in a way that the dog can tolerate.

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Some Dogs Just Don't Like Petting
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Things To Bear In Mind

If you have a dog that previously loved to be stroked and suddenly changes, a visit to the vet may be in order.

All in all let the dog dictate the pace, watch and learn from your dog, learn the signs and all should be harmonious between you and your canine.

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Had any experience of a dog not liking being petted? Comment below to join the discussion.


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