It came as a surprise to us when, months ago, when we learned that our innocent way of hugging our dog might have actually been identified as oppression. It never occurred to us but, in retrospect, Max did stiffen up and merely tolerated our hugs.
Max wasn't over critical but, in his doggie way, was telling us there are better ways to make a connection. For us these days it is trial and error. We really watch him now, take in his moods, and pretty much know when he is accepting a human's way of being affectionate.
Of course, the same can be said when he senses aggression in the air such as a fight or disagreement. After it’s over we’ve learned, it’s always a good idea to go over to the pet and softly rub her back or scratch her behind the ears.
They usually get the idea that all is well, it has nothing to do with them, and they are loved.
After the break go over to the next page and see how you can let your dog know she is loved!