There are numerous of organisations out there who promote awareness of the very fact that some puppies need their own space and like not to be approached… you want to join them in elevating awareness of this concern. american bully filhote
I’m sure like all of us, almost all of you fellow dog owners out there know a young child, perhaps even not so young, who loves to come up to your puppies and give them a cuddle (and treat them like dolls or teddies)… sometimes this can be A BIG ‘NO, NO” and this is one of the main things we need to teach children. Dogs do not obviously like being confined in an embrace – A CUDDLE IS NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOUR FOR ANY DOG.
Right now there are a number of main reasons why dogs might not be comfortable being acknowledged or why their owner might not exactly want them to be approached; they could:
Be an old or nervous dog who does not want or like attention and if this is forced on them, they could respond negatively (we’d put our eldest in this category, although she actually is rarely aggressive for that reason – she could normally seek to remove herself from the situation even if perhaps by turning away)
Have been completely bombarded by another dog or treated badly with a person – dogs that have had a bad experience can have associations with certain types, colours, sizes; or breeds of pups or with the specific way someone looks; or a particular word or gesture – and we can simply guess what the trigger will be
End up being recovering from an procedure or have or be recovering from an health issues or ailment that may be infectious or triggers them to be more nervous than usual
Become a female in season, in which case the approach from an individual – whether neutered or not – will probably be unwelcome (that’s another whole topic in itself)
Be a puppy, young dog or other dog in training, where the approach from someone different or another dog may be an unwelcome frenzymadness, desperation, hysteria, mania, insanity, delirium, derangement
Be a dog that has not been socialised properly and hasn’t learned dog language!
These dogs are generally not necessarily nasty or intense – they just have different rules about their personal space. Many may even enjoy the company of some other canines… our eldest is very happy with the company of our youngest and frequently asks her to play.
Even between dogs it can be regular for dogs to communicate whether or not they want to be approached and they’ll observe and value the signals they are given.
Our eldest Boundary Collie is an anxious dog and may give clear signals to other puppies that she does not want to be acknowledged, in the beginning by turning her head away, by turning her whole body away, by getting away and even lying down facing away.
You might not exactly know that not all canines understand dog language, this is the subject of another article of mine (“Why You Might Want To Teach Dog Vocabulary To Your Dog”). That is definitely true that very few people and never even many dog owners, understand dog language and some may have discovered very painful lessons as a result!
There are so many dogs around these days that they are hard to avoid and, whether or not individuals have a dog in the family, it would be sad if parents simply taught their children to avoid canines. It would be far better to teach children some essential dog language principles to keep them safe around the dogs that inevitably they will face in their everyday lives.