3 Reasons Why Your Dog Growls When You Kiss Him

Dog Kisses

As cute and affectionate animals, it’s normal for some dog owners to give their dogs a quick peck or kiss. Some dogs, however, may return those kisses with a growl. Here are the most common reasons why a dog would do this.

Your Dog is Uncomfortable

Ultimately, a large part of it will come down to your dog’s personality. Some dogs may love getting kissed on the forehead, while others may completely despise it. Sometimes, it might not even be the kiss that your dog is growling about. It might be the way you are holding or hugging him as you give him a quick peck.

You will know that the dog is feeling uncomfortable if the growl sounds like a warning. It would be in your best interest to back off and give your dog space. It’s a warning so if you continue to try kissing him then he may bite you the next time you try again.

Your Dog is Afraid

What if your dog is fine with getting kisses from anyone apart from you? Unfortunately, this kind of behavior might point to something larger. For whatever reason, whether it’s due to your appearance or a past incident, your dog could be afraid of you and is growling to tell you to not get too close.

Please note that kissing from a human is not really considered a natural behavior for dogs so some of our furry pals may even view it as sign of aggression. In some cases, the uncertainty your dog exhibits may resolve over time. In other cases, you may need to call the animal behaviorist to help you with the situation.

It Could be Pleasure Growling

While it is less likely, the growling could actually be positive. Your dog may growl to show his affection and pleasure. There are some major differences between pleasure and aggressive growling. Aside from the tone, an aggressive growl may also be accompanied with visible teeth and pinned-back ears. A pleasure growl, on the other hand, tends to sound very low and rumbling.

For inexperienced dog owners, it will be very difficult to distinguish these differences so we suggest you don’t try to kiss your dog if he starts to growl. Observe his body language so that you know when you should and shouldn’t do specific actions like kissing.

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John at My Pet Child

is the Founder of My Pet Child, where he shares his tips on living with a dog in an apartment.

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