There are a variety of organisations available who promote awareness to the fact that some dogs need their very own space and like to not be contacted… we wish to join them in raising understanding of this problem.
I am sure like us, the majority of you fellow dog proprietors available know a youthful child, possibly even not too youthful, who likes to reach your dogs and provide them a cuddle (and treat them like dolls or teddies)… sometimes this is often a BIG ‘NO, NO” which is among the most significant things we have to educate children. Dogs don’t naturally like being limited within an embrace – A CUDDLE Isn’t NATURAL Conduct For Any DOG.
There are a variety of explanations why dogs may not be comfortable being contacted or why their owner might not would like them to become contacted they might:
Be just a classic or nervous dog who does not want or like attention and if this sounds like forced in it, they might respond negatively (we’d put our oldest within this category, although she’s rarely aggressive due to this – she’ll normally aim to remove herself in the situation even if perhaps by turning away)
Happen to be attacked by another dog or treated badly with a person – dogs who’ve had a poor experience might have associations with some types, colours, sizes or dog breeds or using the specific way someone looks or perhaps a particular word or gesture – so we are only able to you know what the trigger is going to be
Be dealing with a surgical procedure and have or perhaps be dealing with a disease or disease which may be infectious or causes these to become more nervous than normal
Be considered a female in season, by which situation the approach from the male – whether neutered or otherwise – will most likely be unwelcome (that’s another whole subject by itself)
Be considered a puppy, youthful dog or any other dog in training, in which the approach from another person or any other dog might be an unwelcome distraction
Be considered a dog who is not socialised correctly and has not learned dog language!
These dogs aren’t always nasty or aggressive – they simply have different rules regarding their personal space. Many might even enjoy the organization of one other dogs… our oldest is extremely pleased with the organization in our youngest and frequently asks her to experience.
Even between dogs it is perfectly normal for dogs to speak whether they wish to be contacted and they’ll observe and respect the signals they’re given.
Our oldest Border Collie is really a nervous dog and can give obvious signals with other dogs that they doesn’t wish to be contacted, initially by turning her mind away, by turning her entire body away, when walking away as well as laying lower facing away.