(Closed) Puppy doesn't like to cuddle

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

@cutexkitty:  What breed is she?

 

 

Some dogs just don’t like cuddling. It’s not something you can really change most of the time. You can try to give her positive reinforcement for cuddling, but that’s about it.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Baimee:  x2. Some dogs just arent cuddlers, just how some people arent touchy feeling and dont like hugs and affection. Two of my dogs are actually like that. They like when you approach them for pettings, but they wont lay down with you or approach you for cuddles.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

My granny had a Samoyed when I was growing up. He was sweet and could be, but he wasnt much a cuddler either.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Five years old isn’t really a “puppy phase.” Since you trained her not to be on the couch, she might just be confused about the couch rules v. lap rules.

Mine was always a cuddler since day one, but I rescued her when she was a few months old and she clung to my side out of fear.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t mean to sound blunt, but dogs don’t have human instincts and can’t be expected to have human tendencies. They don’t know what cuddling is and you can’t expect them to like it or for it to come naturally to them. I love love love my dogs, of which I have three and am an avid animal lover, but I really feel that dogs need to be treated as dogs. Most dogs do like company and them sitting somewhere in your vicinity is often enough for them.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Hee…heee…one of my huskies is antisocial like this. Unless my fiance comes around. Oh, she’s got plenty of cuddles for him! When he’s around, she doesn’t listen to me, either–or come when I call her. But let him call her. She acts like she’s breaking her neck to get over there and see what he wants. Little floozy.

When you want to teach a dog to stay, you put them in the position and keep giving them treats. I mean like one right after the other. Then, slow it down to one every thirty seconds, and then make it longer and longer. Switch the treats to praise.

That’s how I taught the girls to go to their crates and stay in there. You can look up how to do it with “Dave the dog trainer” on youtube. He teaches you how to do all kinds of stuff with your dog.

I have had 4 female dogs and half of them didn’t give a damn about cuddling. I had two males between me and my mom and that’s ALL they wanted to do is cuddle. Oh, if they are being pet. Did I add that? because once I stop petting, most usually go somewhere else and sit down. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Vikstar:  I can agree with some of what you say, but I think dogs do enjoy cuddling. I have seen mine do it with each other, especially as puppies. They do it less as they get older, but they will still sleep touching each other some times. 

I learned that dogs are not necessarily licking you for affection. They lick your mouth because they smell food and want to know what you have eaten and if any is left in or around your mouth. Those that lick on command are taught it.

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@honeybee1999:  Agreed, dogs are social creatures and their pack instincts bring about lots of social behaviour but I don’t believe they naturally have a desire or need to “cuddle” with humans. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My chihuahua LOVES to cuddle and will crawl inside my sweater and will curl up next to my belly under the covers when he sleeps. My little princess maltese, though…she’s another story. She loves to have her belly rubbed, but if you try to cuddle her, she will put her paw against your chest and create resistance from you cuddling her. Sometimes she will let me spoon her, but usually she likes her own personal space. All dogs are different and I think the breed plays a part in it, too.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Some dogs are just don’t like to cuddle. One of my mom’s dogs is that way. He is very close to my mom and follows her around the house, but he just doesn’t like to cuddle. When she does cuddle with him, he gets very uncomfortable. I think it just depends on the dog’s individual personality and what kind of human contact they like.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I had a lab who wasn’t into cuddling either.  Sure he loved getting his big ol’ belly rubbed but as soon as you’d go in for a hug/cuddle he’d get up.  Such a turkey!  But if he was tired I could cuddle on him all I wanted because he was too tired to move, lol

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Cuddling actually isn’t something dogs like instinctively. They normally dont feel comfortable having someone all over their personal space because it can be a sign of domination and aggression. 

Scientifically speaking, dogs would prefer a side hug as opposed to a front hug or “cuddle”, because if you are standing over them or dominating them they take that as a sign of aggression. 

However our domesticated dogs are often taught from birth to be man handled and often its bred into their temperment. My lab is a gigantic cuddler, thats all he ever wants. But he has been bred that way and his hunting instinct has therefore been largely bred out of him. Honestly i would PREFER he just sit by himself instead of always being with us. 

Your dog is probably just not one for having humans in his space. He is probably also very confused about when he is or isn’t allowed on the couch. He cant differenciate well between being on it when you are there and not when you are gone. So just have one rule for him to follow. 

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