While there are some dogs who are indifferent to seeing physical interactions between their humans, some dogs cannot take seeing their humans that way. They bark, try to break it up, or get in the way.
Why do some dogs hate seeing their owners hug or kiss?
Reasons Why Dogs Hate Seeing Human To Human Affection
- Hugs don’t happen in the dog world – Sometimes dogs see hugs as threatening. They may also view this kind of intimacy as play, which means they want to play, too.
- Personality– Certain dog breeds – like herding and guard dogs—are likely to be always on high alert. They may react to anything they are not used to such as humans hugging, cuddling, and kissing.
- Jealousy – Yep, dogs can feel jealousy too! It can be upsetting for your Lab when he sees something he wants being given to someone else. They do their best to disrupt the situation. A jealous dog feels victorious when his owner picks him up, or moves him. After all, any attention is always better than none at all.
How to Change Your Dog’s Behavior
For dogs who show signs of aggression or anxiety towards intimacy, it is best to consult a veterinarian or a dog trainer. But if your pooch is interrupting your love life in a non-threatening way, here are some ways to stop this behavior.
- Make a “no furniture” rule. Teach your Labrador not to jump onto the furniture, such as the couch or bed, until they are given permission. Then, on a romantic night, you can tell you pooch to stay off the furniture and direct him to his own resting spot. Always give him a reward for following directions.
- Give your dog a separate relaxing space. According to the 2007 American Pet Products Association survey, 43% of dogs sleep with their owners. Nightly cuddling sessions with your pooch may be nice. But for moments of human intimacy, it is best to remove the dog from the bedroom. Teach him to relax in a separate area, like a crate or dog bed.
- Keep your dog busy. If your dog appears restless with your nighttime physical activities, make your ‘busy time’ a busy time for your pup as well. Provide stuffed food puzzles or chew toys to keep your dog occupied.
- Do not pay attention to bad behavior. If your dog acts out or barks to get attention, ignore this unwanted behavior. When your pooch is calm, reward him or her. Barking may be more intense at first but when previously successful efforts to distract you no longer work, the response to intimate activities will soften. When your dog’s focus is redirected and is relaxed, reward him or her with a toy, or a treat.
- Make intimacy tolerable for your pooch by role playing.Take it slow. Start with lightly touching with one outstretched arm with both people facing forward. If this goes well, reward thecalm behavior. Over time, make the scene resemble the real event—getting closer to each other, or kissing your romantic partner. Start with only a light, momentary kiss. You can add length only when your Lab happily anticipates a reward instead of rushing to react.