Why does my GP stand in front of me sideways?

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Jul 06, 2015
Big dog hug
by: Tressie

If he leans into you it's likely he is doing the big dog hug. Beats jumping up and licking you in the face. Larger breed dogs seem to be more prone to this doggie hug, it's an affectionate gesture. Respond by giving him an affectionate rub on his back, or behind his ears : )

Note, most every dog who breathes HATES being patted on the top of the head, some will tolerate it but most do not like it at all. So please don't pat him on the head when he 'hugs' you.

Jul 08, 2015
dog love
by: Anonymous

Is there anything nicer than to have a lovely big Pyr coming close to lean gently against the legs? Well, maybe a horse that strolls up and blows a gentle hello into your face. Same thing.

Animals show affection in their own ways, and if we respond in kind they will continue to show us they love and trust their humans.

Yes, I return the breath from the horse and yes we accept the Pyr lean with a human style hug for him.

Our Pyr is used to hands that give comfort, and so he seeks that. To see him wade into a cluster of people he's never before met, then weave in and out of the legs while the hands pet and he hears the sounds of delight that is just for him, is a joy. He loves people, especially children and is a wonderful ambassador for his breed.

His newest best friend is the big Percheron horse in the field next to ours. Even the 2 donkeys are not troubled by his presence. He strolls quietly through their field, exchanges a breath with the horse, and then comes back for a run and a wrestle with his canine buddy.

He's still a baby at 11 months, but he's an old soul. So enjoy your big dog's offer of affection and encourage it. You will both benefit from it.

Jul 18, 2015
mine too!
by: Anonymous

Mine does the same thing however it seems to be a sort of protective thing as she does it if someone approaches me. She does give hugs but the sideways thing doesn't seem to be one. If I move at all she does as well, always sideways and very attentive. I have often wondered what the purpose of the sideways stance is?

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