Top 3 Reasons Why Dogs Growl When You Kiss Them

It’s totally understandable to feel concerned if your dog is suddenly growling whenever you try to kiss him or her. Why isn’t the dog returning the affection? Here are the most common reasons for dogs that growl when you try to kiss them.

1. Your dog feels uncomfortable

There might be something wrong with your dog’s health if they were fine with being kissed before. How do you kiss the dog? Do you pick him up? or do you like to give a peck to certain parts of his body such as the dog’s forehead. The dog could be growling back because he feels discomfort and pain whenever you try to kiss him.

2. Dog is afraid of being approached

Dogs have different personalities just like us. Some dogs may be more apprehensive than others. They may not like being approached or need more time before they feel a strong bond with their family members. Rescue dogs, in general, may need more time to settle down. They may growl back because they are recalling a previous incident that led to some sort of harm.

It’s important to give your dog some time if it hasn’t been long since you brought him home. Dogs also have boundaries and some may not be ready yet to get all the kisses and affections.

3. Growling as a sign of pleasure

It’s not something you want to bet on but some dogs may actually growl because they are happy. Pleasure growling sounds tend to be very low and have a rumbling effect. Look at the dog’s overall body language to understand whether your dog is enjoying the moment or warning you to back off. a stiff body stance, for example, is a clear sign you shouldn’t try and kiss the dog.

Disclaimer: The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a veterinarian when in doubt.


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