I recently adopted a rescue Doberman and she's been settling in really well. I've noticed that she loves to be petted and will come up to me for snuggles and affection. However, I've also noticed that whenever I try to kiss her or get too close to her face, she growls and pulls away.
I'm a little worried about this behavior and was wondering if anyone has any insight into why she might be reacting this way? Is there anything I can do to help her feel more comfortable with face-to-face contact?
Thank you in advance for any advice you can offer!
While I don't have a rescue Doberman, I do have a dog who is generally particular about having her face touched. From my personal experience, dogs can be sensitive and may feel uncomfortable when people get too close while trying to pet or kiss their face.
One thing that worked for me was training my dog to positively associate face-touching with positive experiences. I used clicker training to help her understand that allowing me to touch her face would lead to treats and praise. I also made sure to pet her in a way that she preferred and was comfortable with.
It's also important to distinguish between a growl as a form of communication versus a sign of aggression. Dogs use growling as a warning that they are uncomfortable with a situation or that their boundaries have been crossed. It's important to acknowledge their communication and not force them into anything they're not comfortable with.
In conclusion, positive reinforcement training can go a long way in helping dogs become more comfortable with close contact, including having their face touched. Paying attention to their preferred petting style and understanding their boundaries can also help you build a stronger bond with your furry friend.