Goofing around with the camera – I placed a pair of sun shades on Jaxson’s head. He was an excellent model that day, extra patient and very obedient. When my daughter reached out to pat him on the head and commend him for his pawsome cooperation – he gave her the oddest look.
It was as if he wanted to tell her –
Please don’t pat my head.
The camera was still in my hand so I was able to capture the moment…
I was so taken back by his expression, I scribbled “don’t pat my head” on the back of an envelope so I wouldn’t forget. #oldtimerstechnology
PATTING A DOGS HEAD –
Days later (when I found the envelope again) I looked at a few articles and was horrified with the information I read.
Over and over again the content repeated itself. Most dogs DO NOT like to have someone reach out towards their face and go pat, pat, pat on their heads.
Even if it’s someone a dog knows, trusts and loves, he may put up with it – but he probably doesn’t like it.
I immediately called Harley over and when I slowly reached out to touch the top of his head, he lowered his muzzle and squinted as if to say –
Sweet Baby Jesus, she’s doing it again.
Probably because they’re part of our family, they tolerate it. But now that I know what I know – I must remedy this and change my behavior.
Plenty of times I’ve patted a strange dogs head and never once looked for any body language signs. I never thought to look for signs of nervousness or discomfort.
WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO SHOW AFFECTION –
Some experts suggest you rub a dog on their rear end right by the tail. That’s never seemed to do much for Harley but it sends Jaxson into a state of euphoria.
Harley loves for me or anyone to rub under his ears. He’ll slant his head ever so slightly and purr like a kitten.
HOW DO YOU PET A DOG? –
Most dogs dislike being touched on top of the head and on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail. Slow petting, similar to gentle massage or light scratching, can calm a dog down. Place your hand on an area where the dog enjoys being handled and gently move your hand or fingers in the same direction the fur lies. Source: Vetstreet
If you’ve never watched your dog’s reaction when you’ve patted him on the head – check it out. If he’s not relaxed, and doesn’t lean in tight for more, could be he’s not into pat, pat, pat either.
They say if your dogs preference is NOT a pat on the head – try neck rubs, back massages and even belly rubs. Find the area that your pup truly enjoys which give him endless enthusiasm.
As for my two Doods – I will always remember when I want to reward either one of them for being awesome, I will refrain from banging them on the head.
ONE MORE THING –
Does your dog like sunglasses?
Jaxson is obsessed…
Somebody call Ray Ban – I think he’s ready to start his own signature line…
Give without remembering and always receive without forgetting. ❤️