The emotions a four-legged pet receives from human touch are very important for canine health. Generally, he appreciates light petting on the sides, back and head and will cherish these moments when he feels closest to you. But sometimes we find that your dog rejects petting and wants to avoid it. Here are 5 reasons why an animal avoids human hands and resists the owner’s desire to pet his head.
Don’t trust people
One explanation for a dog behaving stiffly and, in some cases, aggressively whenever you try to pet it on the head may be a lack of trust in humans. Usually, poorly socialized or once-abandoned animals behave in this way, for example, those that have found owners after a long stay in shelters or kennels as stray dogs.
Such dogs may not look like pets, but they can be traumatized by humans and need constant attention. It is worst if the dog has been beaten in the past. In this case, human hands will be associated with pain in the mind of the four-legged friend for a long time to come.
Such a dog will not hope to experience warmth and love through touch. As soon as the hands are placed over the head and he loses control of them, his nervous system reacts with arousal: It causes the animal to recoil and tense up. This does not depend on your dog’s will. He may like you very much, but it takes time, effort and patience for him to really relax and trust you.
Your dog’s ears hurt.
Gentle petting on the head can cause dogs with sore ears to avoid you. Any touching of the sore organ will cause your pet stress and discomfort. This can often be due to infectious and inflammatory processes, allergic reactions and less commonly trauma and injury. Otitis affects dogs of all breeds, but owners of long floppy ears are more prone to the disease. Due to the structure of the ears, they are hardly ventilated, which means a favorable climate for bacteria to multiply.
It is not difficult for an attentive owner to recognize that the dog is uncomfortable: he shakes his head, keeps it tilted to one side and scratches the affected ear with his paw. There is redness and swelling in the area of the ear canal.
Injuries to the ear canals or the auditory canal are relatively rare, but cannot be ruled out as a cause of earache in dogs. In any case, the diagnosis can only be made by a specialist, so a veterinarian must be consulted immediately at the first sign of such a condition.
A dog has a headache
Headaches resulting from trauma and neurological diseases can also be the cause of the host’s aversion to touch. The dog is irritable, there is confusion and dizziness, the animal may ignore the owner’s voice and has reduced visual and auditory responses. From these signs you can be sure that your dog is not well. Head trauma needs to be checked out by a vet immediately as it can be life threatening.
Scientists have proven that headaches in dogs can often be a sign of dangerous neurological conditions and manifest as temporary migraine-like conditions that cause your pet pain, stress, apathy and uncontrollable anxiety.
A dog has poor eyesight
Older dogs, as well as animals with congenital vision problems, sometimes refuse to be petted on the head because it can look like a threat to them. Their visual acuity is limited to closely observing hand movements, so such touches are unexpected, abrupt and frightening to the animal. It may instinctively throw its head back in fear or to get a closer look at its hand.
Vision problems are very specific and by careful observation you can always detect the presence of this type of problem:
Mistakes and atypical reactions to others.
A dog with a toothache
It is not uncommon for dogs to have dental problems. This is always painful and uncomfortable for the animal, so it will try to avoid your touch. A sharp toothache can radiate to the head and ear area and cause the dog to behave strangely.
The animal is not always able to identify the source of the pain itself, and in such manifestations the picture of the toothache appears blurred. The dog may scratch and shake its head, refuse to eat or drink, become restless or even aggressive. It is unlikely that the owner will be able to determine the true cause and severity of the condition, so it is worth seeing your dog at the first sign of abnormal behavior.
When we let the dog into our lives, we are really happy to share the happiness of each new day with our dog. We enjoy kissing his wet nose, taking him for walks and stroking his soft fur. However, having a dog in the house means responsibility first and foremost, and we have to make sure he is healthy.