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We all have our weak points when it comes to the body, especially dogs, which are very sensitive creatures to all kinds of contact. Some feel uncomfortable when you touch their ears, others their paws, and others dislike having their tails touched..
And speaking of this, since it can be quite a common phenomenon, many people wonder ¿Why doesn't my dog like to have his tail touched?? This can happen for a variety of reasons, some physical, some emotional and psychological. The important thing is to study each case separately and see if it is a matter simply about your tastes, or there is some background to your refusal..
If this is a situation that is occurring with your pet, we invite you to read this new AnimalWised article where we will explain what happens when you try to touch or comb your dog's tail and he does not allow it, walks away or tries to tell you no with his mouth.You may also be interested in: Why doesn't my dog like to be blown? Index
- It is a very sensitive dog
- Has any wound, pain, or itching
- Oh oh, trauma in sight!
- What to do if my dog does not like to have his tail touched?
It is a very sensitive dog
Your dog may be the hyper sensitive type and this is totally normal in the canine world. Just as you do not like certain things because they produce different and unpleasant sensations, as he does the same.
The tail area is one of the most controversial parts of dogs. Being very close to the anus, many may feel that by touching their tail you are getting very close to their private parts, so they won't appreciate it or see it as a caress but as an assault.
According to various animal studies, for no apparent reason, 90% of dogs do not like to have their tails touched.
Has any wound, pain, or itching
Yes you used to do it and everything was going well, but from one moment to another, your dog reacts negatively to this type of contact and you are being as delicate as possible, the first thing will be take him to the vet for an exploration. Do not wait too long, your dog could have an injury or feel pain.
Perhaps on the last walk to the park a dog has bitten you or an insect has bitten you while you were resting on the grass. The wound does not always have to bleed too much or the dog gives extreme signs of pain, so it is good that at the first negative reaction when you touch him, you visit the vet. In fact, if your dog's tail is very hairy and fluffy, it will be difficult to see with the naked eye if it has any injuries..
On the other hand, ¿did you know that dogs can break their tails? Dogs' tails break quite easily, especially longer tails. A dog's tail is made up of small bones that are held together by the joints. The bones themselves can break or fracture, while the joints can dislocate.
If you see that your dog falls from a height, you have accidentally stepped on his tail, he has hit it with something or is bitten by a dog, go to him and perform a complete physical examination, to locate possible pain that may lead to injuries. Some symptoms of a broken tail include an inability to flex, a crooked tail, pain, and difficulty wagging or moving it..
Oh oh, trauma in sight!
¿This is a common reaction? If your dog he never liked you touching his tail, It may be due to something that happened to him in his early life when he was just a puppy. Remember that many fears, phobias and even pain are given by some traumatic event or event happened in the near and distant past.
¿You've had the dog since it was a puppy? ¿Do you know what his story is? Your dog may have been bitten on the tail by another dog or animal, or hit by a previous handler. If its tail is docked, it may also have occurred in its adult or puppy stage, producing immense terror when remembering it.
Meet the past history of our pets, helps us understand certain behaviors, personalities and ways of reacting to circumstances. Do some research and if you come to the conclusion that your dog may be going through a trauma, consult an ethologist or canine educator, professionals who will help you redirect this situation.
What to do if my dog does not like to have his tail touched?
Having already explored the reasons why your dog does not like to have his tail touched, the most important thing you should do is avoid invading his privacy. If you invade his space that he does not appreciate your approach, you could provoke in him a reaction that you will later regret. It could bite you or have any aggressive attitude towards you.
We must use common sense. If your dog is not comfortable with this type of contact, don't try to force or train him to change your mind and behavior. The most sensible thing to do as a caregiver would be to leave it and make peace with the idea that your dog does not like you to touch its tail no matter how furry and soft it is and as much as you like it. The best thing will be to try to touch it in another way. Your dog may feel like you are touching him too hard; try doing it more gently while doing a relaxing head-to-tail massage.
¿How to treat this problem?
If we want to be able to touch the dog, it is usual that a priori we try to solve these problems at home, the truth is that depending on the reaction The dog may or may not be the appropriate decision. If your dog growls to tell you to stop, it is a positive situation, as it indicates that it "warns you" that it does not like it. In these cases we must respect that he does not like it and we will avoid touching his tail. Perhaps with time, affection, the use of positive reinforcement and the necessary confidence, at some point he will allow us to touch or brush that area.
However, if mark or bite your hand by touching his tail casually, we are talking about a more serious situation and that can pose a problem, especially when unknown people want to interact with him.
If the origin of this fear is due to a child touching or pulling on its tail, then the situation can turn to be a bigger problem, especially if it bites a young child. Then it's time to go to the professional. Canine behavior modification should always be carried out by an ethologist (veterinarian specialized in canine behavior) or an experienced dog educator or trainer.