Knowing your dog’s body language is essential for a good understanding. Loving your pet is very nice, but surely you have wondered, “why does my dog not like when we touch his paws?”.
As with humans, dogs prefer to receive loving and touching in certain areas of the body, while others find it annoying. What is this about? We’ll tell you then!
How to know if your dog feels uncomfortable touching his paws?
For some owners, it is clear that their dog does not like to touch his paws. It may show signs of discomfort that you have not noticed:
⦁ Lower his ears
⦁ Hide the leg or press it on his hand.
⦁ Start licking the area nervously.
⦁ Start staring at you, even if he’s lying down.
My dog doesn’t let me touch his paws
Several reasons lead a dog to feel uncomfortable if they touch his paws. Faced with this. These are the main reasons:
Canine body language
On many occasions, we tend to interpret the reactions of dogs compared to those of the human being. However, dogs have other body languages with signals that mean different things.
In this sense, have you ever seen a dog touching the legs of another? No, so for them, it is not a natural gesture. This is one of the reasons for the discomfort they show.
The legs have a large number of nerve endings; For this reason, they are susceptible area in dogs. Doing so causes them a sensation similar to tickling, and these are very uncomfortable for your dog.
An injured dog will prevent you from touching the area that bothers him. During the walks, some fragments can get embedded in the legs or hurt a nail. In the face of pain, the dog will not want you to touch his paws.
If you suspect that your dog may be injured, ask someone else’s help to reassure or distract him while you examine the area.
It is common for rescued dogs to be more distrustful and fearful, that could be the reason that causes discomfort when you try to touch their paws. This is because, on the street or with previous owners, they have suffered harm that generates trauma.
What can you do?
In my opinion, avoid touching your dog’s paws when you pet him, there is no reason to bother him if you already noticed he doesn’t like it.
Despite this, there are situations in which you need to examine your dog’s paws. For example, when noticing a wound, to check if it has fleas or ticks between his fingers when you do something as simple as cutting his nails.
It is best to accustom the dog when it is a puppy. These are a crucial part when you pet him to relax. However, if your pet is already an adult and you should check its paws, follow these tips:
⦁ Try to make him feel comfortable and safe. Lie him on his bed next to a toy he likes.
⦁ Start stroking his head, back, and calmly down towards the legs.
⦁ Talk to him at all times. Use a soft and leisurely tone of voice.
⦁ Approach the legs gently and observe their reaction.
⦁ Caress the legs for a few seconds and then go to other areas of the body. Repeat this, leaving your hands on his legs for longer and longer.
⦁ Offer him an edible prize when he lets you touch his paws. In this way, he will interpret it as something positive.
⦁ Be very patient. You may have to try for several days before your dog feels comfortable.