Why Does Your Dog Bump You With Its Noses?

Canine gesture and movement language is an interesting thing. Each owner of a four-legged friend knows that his pet understands everything, only he cannot say. And each owner would like to better understand his pet.

Here, for example, is the well-known canine habit – to hit you with its nose. What does it mean?

“Pay attention to me!” The dog needs something. He fits and stubbornly bores you, burying himself with a damp, cold nose. And you will not tear yourself away from the computer (book, TV, knitting, sawing with a jigsaw). And at best, rub the tailed beast’s head casually. Absolutely wrong master’s behavior! The dog wants to convey some information to you. It can be very different: the animal asks for additional walking, as it ate something not too fresh during the walk. Or the washing machine has leaked. Or maybe the grandmother in the next room felt unwell, and she didn’t have enough strength to call for help.

“Am I good, am I?” The dog screws its nose into your palm or armpit. At the same time, she squints her eyes with pleasure or smiles sweetly. Well, what can you say? A good owner has a stroking and scratching session provided.

“I am a shepherd! Do not wander!” Many fans of out-of-town recreation are familiar with such dog behavior. The dog runs from one person to another, nudging with his nose. For example, during a joint mushroom hike or just walking through the forests and fields. The animal turns on the ancient shepherd’s instinct – to gather the conditional “herd” in a heap: this way it is easier to protect the wards from dangers. The dog takes care of your safety and security – appreciate it. By the way, there are many cases when dogs in this way brought lost people to the rest of the group. On the territory of the house and the personal plot, dogs just so often “graze” small children.

“Hello! Let’s meet?” A friendly stranger dog touches your hand with his nose and waits for a reaction. Well, then act according to the situation: you can stroke, you can treat, and sometimes love at first sight happens, and the formerly homeless person finds the owner.

“Stop!” The calm, confident, large dog nuzzled your leg somewhere above the knee. You stopped – that’s what he wanted. Perhaps you accidentally entered the territory that he guards. Or is it mommy, and a brood of babies is hiding in the bushes by the road. But the dog is not aggressive and does not want conflict. You have been warned; it may be better to calm the animal down with words like “Don’t be afraid!” and continue your journey a little to the side.

“It’s time to feed the dog!” Your favorite manipulator pushes you towards the refrigerator. This action can be performed at any time of the day, regardless of when and how much food you have already fed your pet that day.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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