Get Your Dog Comfortable With Touch

Begin with brief gentle touches in places your dog already tolerates. Don't overwhelm them.

Start Slow

Give treats as you touch so they associate physical affection with positive things.

Pair With Reward 

If they move away or seem uncomfortable, give them space. Don't force interaction.

Respect Signals

Verbally praise and gently pet your dog when they remain relaxed during touch.

Praise and Pet

Teach them to touch their nose to your hand so they learn to approach touch voluntarily.

Hand Target 

Make brushing, nail trims, and handling part of routine with treats so they accept it.

Practice Grooming

The more positive physical affection you give your dog, the more comfortable they'll be.

Be Affectionate

Teaching Your Dog to Fetch