Why Dogs Nuzzle And What The Behavior Means

Nuzzling is a sign of affection. Dogs nuzzle people and objects they love.

Showing Affection

By nuzzling, dogs pick up smells that give them information about you, other pets, objects.

Scent Gathering   

When dogs nuzzle toys or spaces, they're claiming ownership through their scent.

Claiming Ownership

Dogs will nuzzle for comfort, especially during stressful events like vet visits or separations.

Comfort Seeking

Nuzzling you frequently can signal a dog wants attention, playtime, exercise.  

Attention Seeking

Pups nuzzle to explore new environments, people and objects. It's curiosity.


Many dogs nuzzle as a way to say hello and show happiness at your return.

Greeting Ritual

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