The nuance of nuzzling and nudging

Sampson is an adorable five-year-old Heeler/Lab mix. He is friendly, loves to cuddle, and enjoys walking. Sampson is looking for a companion who stays home and will take him for walks. He likes exploring and needs a secure fence. If you are looking for a sweetheart dog, Sampson is your guy. Come out for a stroll; he will enjoy your company.

Sampson is an adorable five-year-old Heeler/Lab mix. He is friendly, loves to cuddle, and enjoys walking. Sampson is looking for a companion who stays home and will take him for walks. He likes exploring and needs a secure fence. If you are looking for a sweetheart dog, Sampson is your guy. Come out for a stroll; he will enjoy your company. Courtesy

Watson here and I would like to clue my readers in on an endearing dog behavior. When your dog pushes or rubs his nose, face, and head against you, he is nuzzling.

There are six common reasons that dogs nuzzle or nudge their people. The main reason is to show affection and express love. Some dog breeds are more affectionate and cuddly and will readily nuzzle or snuggle with you. Labs are lovers!

Another reason for nuzzling is to ask for attention. Nuzzling up to people usually gets some petting. By nudging mom’s hand, she will pet me.

Nuzzling is also one way dogs say hello. Dogs are social beings, and they become very attached to their people and pack. When we are apart from our people for some time, we say hello in a big way. I always wag my tail, nuzzle, and nudge for a petting.

You might not realize it, but dogs have scent glands in the skin around their cheeks and on top of their heads. Every time we nuzzle we leave a scent that marks our territory. Scent-mark is a way of identifying something we love, like our people.

Communicating with other dogs by nuzzling can express dominance or submissiveness. Excessive nuzzling shows dominance over another being. On the other hand, dogs can show submission by rubbing their face against another dog’s muzzle and even licking them. This is a way to show respect to a more dominant dog.

Requesting food by nudging or nuzzling is clever because it is hard to ignore an affectionate pup. Which reminds me, it is time for dinner and a nuzzle or two.
XOXO Watson

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