|Barked: Tue Dec 25, '12 6:52am PST |
|Ok, don't hate the messanger... The nibbling is originally part of wolf/dog breeding rituals. They nibble eachother's jaw line, ears and neck. That doesn't transfer well to humans, although I have had my ears nibbled plenty of times anyway... Usually it's forearms or around the waste line, simply because that's what they can reach when we're standing.
A lot of friendly gestures from dogs are derived from breeding ritual, actually. Obviously it doesn't mean things are going that direction, or even that they want things to go that direction. It is a very intimate gesture, though, at least for most dogs. Either you really love the person/dog/cat/etc that you're nibbling, or you've just noticed them and you need to convince them of your supreme awesomeness - because you're pretty sure they may be the most awesome new friend you've ever met.
Ember nibbles her well-established dog friends when they're done playing. Vance nibbled any dog he wanted to coax into playing with him.
All my dogs have had a very definite "type." Vance loved Greyhounds above all else, and any girl that with a bit of snark in her. As he got older he tired of the snark and switched over to boys. Usually small, playful males with a bit of snark. Ember loves Rotties, English Black Labs, generally young, sleek athletic males and small fuzzy males. Fox likes small fuzzy males and red males of any size.
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