German Shepherd Dog > GSD with a "nose-nudge" habit?! (23 replies)
GSD with a "nose-nudge" habit?!
by Stumpywop on 28 July 2011 - 10:35
| Hi All,|
My WL GSD bitch (DOB 7th Jan 2010) has formed a habit of "nose-nudging". It's not just me she does this to. It's my other bitch (Lurcher, same DOB) also.
If she wants something, feels ignored, is hungry, thirsty, wants to play etc she nose-nudges whoever happens to be in the way - whether myself, or my Lurcher.
This isn't a problem other than it can be painful if she catches my ribs or face. Her nose is made of concrete (or that's how it seems).
She does have paperwork but I wasn't able to get a hold of it. She's orignially from DDR lines. She's very headstrong and needs to be mentally stimulated almost 24/7 . I can only do so much with her physicaly because she suffers from severe HD.
Does anyone else have a GSD who does this? My 2 male GSDs (English lines as opposed to German) don't do anything like this.
this morning I obviously didn't wake up in time and I was nose-nudged int he eye. There's no bruising but it feels like a black eye.
It's not a problem. I'm just curious as to whether it's something she's dveloped herself or if it's commonplace amongst WL GSDs. She's the first of these dogs I've had. I grew up with GSDs but mainly black and tan show and pet lines.
by AmbiiGSD on 28 July 2011 - 10:54
|Never had a shepherd that does it, but have 2 cattle dogs that are masters of the art!|
by Sunsilver on 28 July 2011 - 12:27
|My male (a working line, with no pedigree) would do this when I first got him. He'd nudge me from behind as I was walking through the house. A friend who bred corgis (another herding breed) said this was herding behaviour, and I needed to stop it, as whatever the dog is herding is, in his mind, an inferior species!|
He'd also do it when I was sitting in a chair, and he wanted attention. He'd nudge my hand to get petted. My female (American/German cross) also does the hand or arm nudge when she wants atttention. However, with both dogs, the nudge was always gentle enough that it didn't hurt.
by LadyFrost on 28 July 2011 - 12:28
|I got a nudger.....but i thought it was normal..LOL...her way of communicating with you...the only part i dont like is a wet nudge in a palm of a hand when you are not expecting it...|
by Sunsilver on 28 July 2011 - 13:13
|LOL! The gal in my sig was a crotch-nudger. We tried very hard to break her of it, but were never successful. I think it was because my husband didn't mind when she did it to him, so she'd only get reprimanded when she did it to strangers. I tried to fix it, but training the husband was pretty much impossible! (She also might have been trying to tell HIM something too...he had bladder cancer, and by the time the doctors diagnosed it, it was TOO LATE )|
If the arm or hand nudge fails to get attention, my male sticks his whole head through the crook of my elbow, and tries to drag me out of my chair..."Come on, get off that damn computer, and give me some attention!"
by beetree on 28 July 2011 - 13:59
|What gets me is if I'm trying to sneak a power nap on the couch... and the next thing I know I get the wet nudge to the face. Startles the crap out of me! LOL He seems to do it as if saying, "Just checking to see if you're okay."|
by violet on 28 July 2011 - 14:28
|My girl ( show x WL)is a terrible nose nudger. she does it for many things, usually to get me to play with her, to refill her waterbowl, to get her dinner to tell me when she wants to go out. Thankfully she doesn't do it too hard. She also has a habit of when she wants to play she can just plonk her two front paws on me and nudge whatever toy in her mouth at the time directly into my face so i can't ignore her. It's not a habit that bothers me unless I really dont want to play at that point. i usually perfer to play on my terms. I find it quite sweet. My partner's GSD she goes and sits next to him then leads him to what she wants ( well he is blind ) If i don't comply or respond to the nose nudge straight away my girl will either sit and stare at me or trot back and forth to whatever it is she wants.|
by Rass on 28 July 2011 - 14:36
|I agree.. this is herding behavior. I do not believe the dog looks at us as "inferior" but it is a communication and usually has to do with the dog attempting to get us to do something, similar to the dog wanting sheep to go and do something.|
by 4pack on 28 July 2011 - 16:29
|I have had a few that do it. Some hard, others more gentle. I prefer it to a paw and the scratchmarks those leave anyway.|
Someone at the club I trained with had a bitch that nudged the decoys in the crotch between barks, it was by no means a love tap. They were sure to wear their cups after that.
by judron55 on 28 July 2011 - 16:40
|my male nudges me whenever he wants something....me, ball,tug whatever....never saw it as a problem....as he never saw the collar around his neck a problem when I pulled it....meant I want something:-) Interesting thought on herding instinct......|
by Gemini on 28 July 2011 - 16:41
|Yeah my female does this to me when she wants to play fetch and I am "dragging my feet". Or she will do it to my beagle to get my beagle to "attack her" they play a game of it. I thought it was normal. She is touchy feely so it fit her personality. She has to touch you some kinda way.|
by melba on 28 July 2011 - 17:48
|We have a nose nudger. LOL What's worse is the nose nudger only does it|
after she gets a little drink...... I think it's intentional ;)
by GSDguy08 on 28 July 2011 - 18:13
|Not Shepherds, but I have four nose nudging Huskies. My female, Sierra does it when you have treats typically. She'll nudge you and then give you that look like.....come on, I want one. The other Huskies nudge my hand whenever I get home from somewhere and they're happy to see me. They'll nudge it, lick your hand, and then look at you as they wag their tails.|
by Lennard on 28 July 2011 - 18:25
|The absolute worse time must be when you'r taking your 1st sip of a hot cup of Coffee, I know I've got one of those|
by vonissk on 28 July 2011 - 18:42
|Here 2 out of 4 do it. Yep I think right after they've had a drink it is intentional!!!! And when I'm taking a couch nap to stick that snout right in my face!!! I used to have a computer chair with no arms and I have been known to fall asleep and fall out of it and no I wasn't drunk. So Mauli got to where she would see me close my eyes and here she'd come. Now I have nice new chair with arms that is very comfy to sleep in but she doesn't get that I'm not going to fall out. Close eyes, nudge, nudge, nudge!!!!! Sister only does it when she wants attention--she's not real affectionate and petting her is almost exclusively on her terms. The herding instinct part as to why they do it is very interesting. Would like to research that farther.................|
by Stumpywop on 28 July 2011 - 19:34
|I didn't realise it was a herding thing. Maybe I was being a little dense then or niaive. Or maybe Jenzi thinks I'm a sheep?!|
by Niesia on 28 July 2011 - 23:31
|My dog is not a nose judger but she tried it. My trainer told me to nip it in a bud as it ‘disrespectful’ way of addressing an Alpha. He said that Alpha can 'nudge' any dog for any reason - nobody 'nudges' the Alpha.|
However I have a problem with my long time friend’s dogs. Golden and Vistula – the biggest, the most obnoxious ”nose nudgers” ever. Forget about putting on nice cloths when going to their house for a party. If you want to have a drink or eat watch out for the dogs first. If you forget yourself in conversation and try to raise your hand with a filled glass – it’s guaranteed that one of those dogs will nudge you and spill the drink all over you. The same with food - countless forks fell on the floor thanks to them… The other annoying behavior is constant licking – you sit down and you have two dogs licking your pants, legs, shoes, etc. I like my friends but their dogs make me insane. I haven’t been to their house in a year because of this. And of course the owners don’t see anything wrong with the behaviors of their dogs and will attack you if you even make a face towards their dogs. They think I am strange, especially that I don’t allow my dogs to come into dining room during parties to annoy my guests. They think I’m too strict with my dogs…
by windwalker18 on 29 July 2011 - 02:44
|Mine all do it to some degree, the 2 wl are the most persistant... the one time it bugs me is when I'm trying to type something on the computer and my hand/arm goes flying. The worse attention getter is the soggy ball or stuffed toy that Ike likes to drop in the water bowl, then rescue it and bring it to me either on the keyboard, or my lap where it sogs everything.|
by Ruger1 on 29 July 2011 - 03:54
windwalker...I know that feeling too...lol...: )
by laura271 on 29 July 2011 - 12:19
|Senta isn't a nudger but she shoves her large, red squeaky ball in my butt and honks it furiously if she's feeling ignored or hard done by. I'm the only person that gets to receive this joyous act.|