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Why Does My Dog Poke Other Dogs With His Nose?

Since dogs use their noses to poke us then it’s not surprising that they do it to other dogs as well.

More often than not behaviors like licking other dogs’ ears, or eyes and nudging them is your dog’s way of socializing and it usually helps initiate play.

Of course, if you notice that one of the dogs pushes the other one too hard, their body language seems hostile, and they growl or bark then this is most likely a non-friendly interaction.

It’s also worth noting that if your dog is shy, be mindful of how they react to hyperactive playful dogs that can nudge them non-stop. Not only can it escalate into a fight, but your dog might develop a negative association with that specific dog.

Reason 3: They Want Your Attention

Just like a child will pull at your shirt or your hand to get your attention, similarly, a dog can use their nose to poke you with it.

Your doggy might want to distract you from your computer because they’re bored, and they want to play. If you’re laying on the couch or bed you might feel your dog’s nose as they push against your hand trying to borrow under your arm and get some love and cuddles.

Some dogs might hit you with their paw first and if it doesn’t work then they’ll use their nose. Both are definitely normal behaviors that most dogs will use to ask for something and all you have to do is listen.

Reason 10: They Are Acting Out

This behavior can of course come from a place of submissiveness and fear, but a nose nudge can also be your dog’s way to express dominance.

Usually, dogs will act out to push your boundaries and see what they can get out of you, which could be anything from your attention, to food and toys.

Your dog can also use other behaviors like humping, jumping on you or other people, and even excessive barking.

It’s important to point out that dogs don’t do it out of malice, most of the time we’re the ones reinforcing this behavior by not offering enough training and exercise.

If your dog is using nudging to assert his dominance, and it’s not dealt with properly then it could escalate into something more aggressive, involving nipping, biting, and possibly grabbing your arm with their mouth.

Even a soft bite, no matter how innocent is a bad habit for a dog to have especially if they do it to other people, children, and pets.

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