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What Is The Hip Nudge All About?

Hip Nudge

A hip nudge is the behavior shown when a dog nudges another with its hip or rear end.  Dogs often use this sort of behavior towards people, typically during times of greeting when we show the dog passive friendliness by crouching down to it.  The dog will then walk towards us, turn around and either nudge gently with the hip or rear end, or stand passively with its back turned to us.  The hip nudge means friendliness.  By turning its back to us, the dog shows that it doesn’t intend to attack; it’s teeth are turned away from you.  At the same time, it shows that the dog trust us.