RORY STORIES: KISSES ON THE MOUTH?
Posted On 08/23/2012 by Laura Benn
I have a confession…
I’m not a fan of dog kisses — on the mouth. I never have been. While I adore everything and anything dog, a slobbery show of affection across the lips has never been my idea of cute. In fact, I tend to discourage my dogs from kissing a person on the face entirely, unless it is invited.
I know this might sound a little ‘bah-humug’ of me or make me out to be a pet prude, but I simply can’t stand the sensation. Kisses on the arms, legs or sometimes the cheek is wonderful and sweet — just not the mouth. Another reason I discourage facial kisses is that not everybody likes dogs and some people are afraid, so to have your canine chum try to lay a big ol’ wet one on whoever comes to visit might not be the politest behaviour, however lovey it may be.
Thus, all of my dogs (Trilby, Rory and family canines) have been trained to only give kisses on the face when asked, “Can I have a kiss?” In my house, puppy manners matter so it only makes sense to have a kissing etiquette too.
But I’m curious where you stand on this idea. Do you let your dog kiss you on the lips? Are you a little more strict with the smooches? Of course, to each their own. Seeing a dog kiss his or her owner is a very heart-warming sight — unfortunately I just have this quirksome pet peeve. I’d love to hear your thoughts!