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    When I go outside to my Kelpie, I will usually pick her up, cuddle her, kiss her forehead, then playfully nibble around her face, and her ears, etc. Does anyone consider this weird? or normal for someone who cares so much for their dog?
    Ask a Border Collie to jump and it'd say, "how high?", ask a Kelpie and he'll ask, "why?"

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    Dingo, many times people indulge in behaviours that are foreign or uncomfortable to a dog.
    Many dogs find a human sticking their head in a dogs face threatening, as in the dog world one dog sticking his head in another" s face can be an act of aggression.

    I was glad to hear that when Cesar Milan was out hee, he was raising awareness of one of the biggest problem areas, that dogs face.That area is the humanising of dogs.

    Many things some Humans do with dogs, are of little value to a dog and are really about where the Human is coming from emotionally,intellectually and mentally.

    For example throwing Birthday Party"s for dogs is an example of events that is all about the Human.

    Hugging or cuddling is not a behaviour that we see in the dog world.Many a child has been bitten as the child hugged and stuck their face in the dogs. Tony

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    I do agree with you Tonymac we do have a tendency to humanise our dogs, and it is for our benefit not theirs. However, if a pup does get used to people putting their face right next to them and are comfortable with this I would imagine this would make them less likely to bite a small child if they do it. Ideally all children would know how to approach a dog but, unfortunately, this is not the case so to 'desensitize' a dog to a human face being close might a good thing.
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    Hi Dingoofus

    No i don't see your affection for your dog as weird at all & i cant see a problem with you showing your dog affection at all, kindness & respect goes along way with dogs, i cuddle my Stafford's all the time & so do my kids & Floyd laps it up & returns the affection with snugs & sloppy staffy kisses,for those not familiar with Stafford breed - Stafford's thrive on human kindness, affection, attention. Imo dogs do feel all sorts of emotions from us humans & there is nothing wrong with showing dogs kindness, love, affection. I do think that we humans should teach the kids how to approach dogs sensibly.

    NOW as for the self proclaimed -showman- non professionally trained Milan..all i got to say is, he's a barbaric cruel bastard who use electric shock collars on dogs...love to zap the bastard with electric shock collars & make him feel pain

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    I don't thnik the face is huge problem. If you observe dogs in packs and stuff, they nip each other face, it's a friendly way of playing, and showing dominance to a degree. If my face goes near my dog she will almost always lick my face, she has never bitten or bared her teeth because my face is too close. As for hugging, she runs up to me and jumps on me for hugs.

    Humans and dogs have been living together for thousands of years, I nearly class them as human.
    Ask a Border Collie to jump and it'd say, "how high?", ask a Kelpie and he'll ask, "why?"

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    Hey there!
    I agree!
    My girls are very affectionate. Misi with people she knows. Lola mainly with me.
    We hug, cuddle and I kiss them on top of their heads. I wouldn't have it any other way! Them being used to all the above really helps if there are little kiddies around.
    They're not my babies but they are part of my family and very dear friends. Sometimes better than the human ones and when you love someone/something it's hard to not show affection.

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    Since all of my other pets don't react well to hugging, kissing, etc., it's nice to indulge it on Leo No, I don't think it's weird at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    Hi Dingoofus
    NOW as for the self proclaimed -showman- non professionally trained Milan..all i got to say is, he's a barbaric cruel bastard who use electric shock collars on dogs...love to zap the bastard with electric shock collars & make him feel pain
    This is not the first time I have heard this type of comment about "Mr Milan" and I say that with as much respect I can muster when my heart isn't in it, especially about the use of shock collars which I've heard he uses to get a dog to a compliant state. I had heard that what you see in a "before & after" segment of a very badly behaved/now docile dog was as a result of "unorthodox methods" to say the very least. I guess it's a case of "horses for courses". I'm not a big rap for this chappie, but I like Jan Fennell's way of doing things. To me, she has a "heart & soul love" of dogs (which you can't fake) & it shows in the way she has a rapport with the dogs. I'll get off my soap box now.

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    I haven't that much knoweledge of Cesar Milan but I have read Cesar's way and it was a fabulous book. I find it hard to reconcile the man that came across in that book and one who could hurt dogs. He appeared to live and breathe dogs and would try and save even the most difficult dog. When did he use electric shock collars, I'm shocked (no pun intended).
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    I don't think it's weird at all, i do it too, So do my kids NJ loves it so dose Charlie

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