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Why Your Dog Likes to Nudge You With His Nose

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Since dogs can’t talk to us, they will find other ways to communicate with you, one of which might be to nudge you with his nose. Nudging might be a subtle way of communication but it all comes down to the context. Here are the most common reasons why your dogs may do this.

Your Dog is Showing Submission

When dogs nudge their owner (or other dogs) with their nose, it could be seen as a sign of submission. It could be a way to tell the counterpart that they are in charge of the pack. Think of it as a way for a dog to communicate that they aren’t interested in a fight or argument.

Your Dog is Showing Dominance

Alternatively, nose nudging might also be a sign of dominance. You will know this is more likely if your dog nudges you often, especially when it is in a situation where he is seeking something. Your dog might also show other behaviors like excessive barking and mounting.

Your Dog Wants Something

This is when context is important. You might notice that your dog is nudging you repeatedly during certain situations, such as when he is bored or it’s getting near mealtime. You will know this is likely to be the case if he alternates the nudging between you and the food bowl for example.

Your Dog Wants You to Continue

Similar to the above point, nose nudging might be a way for a dog to tell you to continue doing something. You may have, for example, been giving him some great belly rubs and he wants that to continue, or you may have been playing with him using his favourite toy. Dogs are quite the attention-seeker and may use their nose to get their owner’s attention.

It’s unlikely that this behaviour is a result of something concerning, such as a health issue, unless your dog is showing irregular behaviours. Make sure he is getting plenty of attention and love whenever he nudges you!

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