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DO NOT PET YOUR DOG!

Sorry, that was a truncated sentence. (Yes, I had to Google that word. I wanted to sound smart)


DO NOT PET YOUR DOG… ALL THE TIME!


Most of the time we pet our dogs because we want to. Not because they want us to



Yes, most dogs LOVE to be pet most of the time, just not ALL the time


I’m a professional canine bahaviourist. This means I do it everyday. Not just physical dog training, but continuous researching, learning, discovering proven scientific dog stuff


YEP! I’ve done my research. And research shows that human hands and dogs are meant to be together


BUT.. Not all the time


There are signals you can look out for. You can test if they want petting

One of the most telling tests:


move your hand towards their nose. If your dog moves their head away, backs away, huffs, licks their lips or gives you the side-eye, he/she wants you to leave them alone



If they do want petting or cuddling, your dog will touch your hands with their nose and/or move into your space


You don’t want to be hugged ALL THE TIME, do you?
If you do, accept your loving nature. That’s cute ☺️

Most of us (especially me) don’t want to be fussed all the time. I never want that. When I’m poorly or pissed off, I bugger off into a different room to be alone


In rare(ish) cases, too much doggy attention can cause behaviour issues and possibly lead to separation anxiety


So pet your dog.

If they want you to




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