I ask because while i pet my dog a lot i also hug and kiss him a lot more so i am wondering if he recognize that as affection or not.
I've read that book too, along with several other of her works. I also read her blog pretty regularly. I love her as much as you can love anyone unmet. She just has such a nice way with dogs and I really like her positive training methods.The book "The Other End of the Leash" by Patricia McConnell has some interesting thoughts on how canines don't automatically recognize primate behavior, like kissing and hugging. In fact the book contains some very interesting pictures of dog expressions while being hugged. My dogs seem to recognize many forms of affection - physical and sound. I do find that they prefer to snuggle if they can move into me instead of me reaching out and holding them. I swear some of my boy dogs would crawl inside my skin if they could figure out how to.