Why Does My Dog Rub Its Head On Me?

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into the room where your dog lives, she jumps up and rubs her head against yours?

Or did you notice how often your dog will come up behind you and give you a big lick on the back of your neck?

Dogs have been domesticated for thousands of years, but they were never bred to act like people do.

They’ve always had their own unique set of behaviors and instincts.

For example, dogs can’t lie down in bed with you.

Instead, they’ll curl up next to you, or under the covers.

That’s because while they’re sleeping, they feel safe and protected.

But then there are things that we don’t know about our dogs until we stop to think about them.

For example, some dogs love to chew shoes just to see what happens.

Others seem to enjoy eating socks, especially if they smell like food.

We understand that each dog has his or her own personality, which makes it hard to predict exactly what they’re going to do.

The History of Dog Head Rubbing

Dog head rubbing may seem like something new, but in fact, it has been around for a very long time.

The earliest reference to dog head rubbing was found in an ancient Egyptian text called the Papyrus Ebers.

In this document, a man named Ani describes his dog as “the one who gives me kisses and licks my face” (1).

This suggests that dog rubbing was common enough that someone thought it worth mentioning!

In addition to being mentioned in the papyrus, dog head rubbing has also been referenced in other texts dating from about 1500 B.C.E.

to 1000 C.E., including those written by Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese.

It wasn’t until the 19th century, however, that people started to take note of the behavior and figure out what exactly was going on with their dogs.

One of the first reports of dog head rubbing came from a zoologist named Karl von Frisch in 1905.

He reported seeing a specific type of birds known as a sandgrouse do this behavior and wondered if they were rubbing their heads onto their owners because they were so happy to see them.

This led him to wonder if there was any connection between bird-dog head rubbing and human-dog head rubbing.

Since then, scientists have studied the behavior and discovered that it can actually help dogs communicate with us.

We’ll explain more on that next.

The Science of Dog Head Rubbing

There are a few reasons why your dog might be rub its head on you.

It could be a sign of affection, or it could be a way to assert dominance over you.

It could also be that your dog is trying to get your attention or get you to pet it.

If you’re not sure why your dog is doing this, here’s what you need to know.

1. The History of Dog Head Rubbing

Dog head rubbing has a long history in many cultures.

In ancient Egypt, dogs were considered sacred animals and were treated with great respect.

They would have been kept as pets for their companionship and protection.

When Pharaohs died, they were buried with their beloved dogs.

This was because dogs were believed to possess magical powers and could protect them from evil spirits.

In China, it is still common practice for people to rub their heads on their dog’s heads.

Some believe that if someone does this, then the person can communicate with the spirit of the dog.

Others believe that if you rub your head on a dog’s head, you can receive good luck or blessings from the dog.

Although most cultures today no longer do this, there are still some who continue to perform this ritual.

Even though we don’t believe in magic anymore, we may still want to try it out ourselves!

2. Why Dogs Do This

Most dogs will rub their heads on you because they want to be close to you.

They may feel safer around you and prefer to keep you close by.

It could also be a form of communication between you and your dog.

Your dog may be telling you something about itself if it rubs its head against yours.

Some dogs will rub their head on you because it feels better than other places to rub.

For example, if you have a sore spot on your head, rubbing it on your dog’s head will probably feel better than rubbing it anywhere else.

Other dogs may choose to rub their head on you because they think you’re more important than anyone else.

Dogs will also rub their heads on you because they like the feeling of being rubbed.

Although this may sound weird, it actually makes sense.

Many dogs enjoy having their fur brushed.

It feels wonderful to them.

You can help them feel even better by giving them a nice massage.

Just remember to use only natural products such as coconut oil or aloe vera.

These oils won’t leave any residue on your dog’s skin.

There are also many different theories about why dogs do this.

One theory states that dogs rub their heads on humans so that they can tell us that they’re lonely.

Another theory believes that dogs rub their heads on humans because they want us to pet them.

Still another says that they rub their heads on us because they want us to stroke them.

3. Is It Safe?

If your dog is rubbing his head on you, you should never pick him up by his head.

This can cause serious injuries to your dog’s face or throat.

Also, make sure that you don’t let your dog lick your face while he’s rubbing his head on you.

Licking your face could lead to infections and other health problems.

The Benefits of Dog Head Rubbing

There are several benefits to dog head rubbing, including the following:

  • It’s a sign of affection.
  • It’s a way for dogs to communicate with human beings.
  • It can help train your dog to behave properly in public places.
  • It can help establish your dog as pack leader.

Here’s what else you need to know about dog head rubbing:

Not all dogs like to play this game.

Some dogs don’t like to have their heads rubbed at all.

Others may prefer to rub their heads only on certain parts of the body, such as the face or stomach area.

If your dog has a tendency to be overly aggressive, you should avoid rubbing his/her head.

You shouldn’t let your dog rub his/her head on people who aren’t related to him or her, such as children.

Don’t allow your dog to rub his/her head on the floor.

Make sure your dog doesn’t try to rub his/her head on other animals.

Don’t allow your dog to rub his/her head on anything that isn’t made of skin, fur, or hair.

The Drawbacks of Dog Head Rubbing

There are a few reasons why your dog might be rubbing its head on you.

It could be a sign of affection, or it could be a way to assert dominance over you.

It could also be that your dog is trying to get your attention or get you to pet it.

If you’re not sure why your dog is doing this, here are some reasons why your dog may be rubbing his head on you.

It could be a sign of affection.

When dogs feel affection for their owners, they will want to show it by rubbing their heads on them.

This is usually done with a soft touch so as not to hurt the owner.

The other reason is that your dog may be trying to get your attention.

He wants you to pet him and play with him. He can do this by rubbing his head against you.

Or he may be trying to get your attention because he thinks you’re in charge.

In order to assert dominance, your dog will rub his head on you.

He doesn’t want you to dominate him, but he does want to make you aware that you’re not in control.

Why Does My Dog Rub Its Head On Me

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Rubbing Its Head on You

There are a few reasons why your dog might be rubbing his head on you.

It could be a sign of affection, or it could be a way to assert dominance over you.

It could also be that your dog is trying to get your attention or get you to pet him.

If you’re not sure why your dog is doing this, here are some tips for getting rid of it.

1. Ask Them Why They Are Doing It

You have to ask them why they do it.

Maybe they think it’s cute, maybe they want to show their love to you, or maybe they want to be close to you so they can keep an eye out for danger.

Try to figure out what your dog is thinking by asking them “why”.

This will help you understand if it’s something they really like doing or if it’s something they just do because they want to.

2. Set Boundaries With Them

You need to set boundaries with your dog so he understands that he needs to stop rubbing his head on you.

Make sure that you explain to your dog that he needs to stop rubbing his head on you.

Make sure that you let him know that you don’t like it and that it makes you uncomfortable.

Then, make sure that you stick to those boundaries.

If he tries to rub his head on you again, tell him off and then ignore him.

He should learn from this experience.

3. Try to Find Out What They Want

Sometimes, dogs will rub their heads on people they like.

Maybe your dog likes to rub his head on you because you’re the only person who doesn’t yell at him when he does it!

Maybe he wants you to pet him, or maybe he wants you to play with him.

Either way, try to find out what your dog wants so you can help him achieve it.

If you can’t figure out what he wants, ask someone else who knows your dog well.

They may be able to tell you what he wants without even realizing it.

4. Stop Being Nice

Sometimes, people will start being nice to their pets in order to stop them from doing things they don’t like.

Don’t fall into that trap!

If you want your dog to stop rubbing his head on you, you need to tell him that you’re no longer going to be nice to him.

Then, ignore him.

This way, he learns that rubbing his head on you won’t work anymore.

5. Tell Him That He Needs To Learn New Behaviors

If you have trouble teaching your dog new behaviors, there are times when you need to take a step back and teach him a lesson.

In this case, you need to teach your dog that rubbing his head on you isn’t something he should do.

Tell him that he needs to learn new behaviors by using a treat reward system.

Every time he rubs his head on you, give him a treat.

After a while, he should realize that rubbing his head on you isn’t going to work anymore.

6. Use Other Methods to Teach Them New Behavior

Sometimes, you need more than one method to teach your dog a new behavior.

For example, if you want your dog to stop rubbing his head on you, you need to use both verbal commands and physical punishment.

The verbal commands should be used first so that the physical punishment doesn’t happen until after the dog has learned his lesson.

Use verbal commands such as “no” and “stop” to tell your dog to stop rubbing his head on you.

Then, use a correction method to punish him so that he learns that rubbing his head on you is wrong.

7. Play Around With Them Sometimes

Playing around with your dog can teach him a lot about life.

When you play with him, he learns that his actions affect others and that other people can react differently than he expects.

When you play with your dog, try to find out what he likes so you can do it more often.

For example, if he loves playing with balls, go outside and throw a ball for him every day.

Do this for a week or two and see how much better he gets at fetching the ball whenever you throw it for him.

Conclusion

The point I want to make in this article is that we as humans are very good at reading body language.

We can tell when someone is being friendly towards us, when they are angry with us, and even when they are lying to us.

Dogs are no different.

They have their own unique way of communicating with each other.

When you take a look at some of the most common ways that dogs communicate with each other, you’ll see that there really isn’t anything too surprising here.

Touching

It should probably go without saying that touching is one of the most basic forms of communication that dogs use.

Dogs will touch each other all the time.

This includes things like licking, biting, and rubbing.

All of these gestures are used by dogs to show that they are friendly towards another dog.

The more they touch, the friendlier they feel towards each other.

Barking/Whining

A dog barking at you is a pretty clear indication that he wants you to do something for him.

He may be asking you to play with him, to fetch his toy, or to bring him food.

If your dog is whining at you, it is likely that he is either begging for food, water, or attention from you.

Whining is simply a form of communication that many dogs use to express their need for something.

If you don’t respond to your dog’s whines, he will continue to whine until you give in and fulfill his request.

Walking With Their Heads Held High

This is a gesture that dogs make when they are pleased with themselves.

Often times, they will hold their heads high while walking around.

This means that they are proud of themselves, and they want to share that pride with others around them.

When you see your dog holding his head high, you know that he is happy about something.

It doesn’t necessarily mean that he is happy about you.

More than likely, he is just happy because he has accomplished something that he considers to be a success.

Maybe he has found a new ball to play with, or maybe he just won an imaginary game of tug-of-war.

Trying To Get Your Attention

This next category comes from my personal experience with my dog.

I have noticed that whenever I am having a conversation with someone else, if my dog starts jumping up on me and rubbing his head on mine, then he knows that I am paying attention to what the person is saying.

In turn, he feels comfortable enough to start looking at me as well.

I believe that dogs use this trick to try and get our attention.

They want us to pay closer attention to them.

Sometimes, they will start jumping up on us to get our attention, and sometimes they will start licking us to get us to pay closer attention to them.

Either way, it works!

Megan Turner
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