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Yes, that nose up your butt belongs to my dog


My friend Jen over at MyBrownNewfies.com recently shared a very embarrassing moment brought to her courtesy of her big brown Newfoundland, Leroy. If you need a laugh you should definitely read it. I almost fell off the couch I was laughing so hard. Even the dogs thought I had lost it.

I tried to think of a moment when any of my dogs have embarrassed me, and sadly (gratefully?), I came up short. There is only one dog that has successfully embarrassed me to any degree and it’s an unlikely candidate… Daisy.

You would think a shy and fearful dog would be the least likely to embarrass someone. She’s so gentle and sweet. Unassuming. Quiet. But, Daisy also has a habit that often catches people by surprise, she gooses them. Yes, that nose up your butt belongs to my dog Daisy.

From what I can tell, Daisy feels most comfortable approaching a stranger, even friends, from behind. It’s less threatening and easier to get a sniff without having to approach from the front. She wants to be able to sniff them without them noticing her, but in the process she often touches her nose to their butt. You can’t imagine how many times I have seen people jump when they realize a dog’s nose is touching them in the most unusual spot. It’s actually quite funny now, but at one time I felt like I had to explain it every time she did it.

A victim about to be goosed


Most of our friends have now come to expect this unusual nose up the butt behavior, but every once when she approaches someone new I feel the need to explain.
Has your dog ever done something to embarrass you?

  1. Jan
    November 9, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    We had a puppy once who always brought bras or underpants into the living room when we were entertaining. She never did it when we didn’t have company so we strongly suspected that she knew just how to get attention.

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:14 AM

      That is one devious puppy Jan. Do you think she was trying to show the neighbors her latest prize? 🙂

  2. November 9, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    Yes! Rumpy locked me out of the house one night with no phone or keys. Had to get a neighbor to call my landlord to come after hours to let me in.

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:13 AM

      How in the heck did her do that? Oh dog! That is just wrong!

  3. November 9, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    I’ve suffered mortification more than embarrassment from Our Best Friend…. Such as when he raced out the front door and chased a terrified neighbour down the street.

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:09 AM

      LMAO! Oh no Lori!
      My friend Beth had a Great Dane named Gabe, who once took off after an Amish buggy. She said the look on the Amish man’s face was one of terror and he made the horses speed up, which made Gabe speed up too. But, having them take off after a neighbor would be embarrassing and terrifying.

      BTW – I keep forgetting to email you back. OBF is GORGEOUS! I wouldn’t trade him in for the world either.

  4. November 9, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    For some reason as Silver got older she turned into “killer dog” in the car. There is nothing worse than in the summer driving around town and she is having one of terror fits at a little old lady, or a lady with stroller, or kids. She horrible. But take her out of the car as she’s fine. I don’t know what happened to her, but it’s quite embarrassing. I feel like we should have a sign on the van. lol

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:06 AM

      Oh no 24 Paws! Do you think she’s resource guarding the car?

  5. Jen
    November 9, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Well…..you know my story, and I hope that I never top that!!!
    But I am going to be watching this post in hopes that someone else can!!
    I am glad I could make you laugh and hope you didn’t hurt yourself by almost falling off the couch:)

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:05 AM

      LOL! I’m watching too Jen! I don’t think anyone can top your story, but if they do I’ll let you know. Yours was the best!

  6. November 9, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    Haha, I have had a few times where I thought someone was touching my butt and it turned out to be a dog. Daisy is lucky people are usually pretty forgiving about being goosed if it is done by a dog 🙂

    Pearl usually embarrasses me with her reactivity. I always just want to crawl in a hole when she flips out at other dogs when we are out walking and I have to yell at apology over her barking and growling. But that is sadly not the kind of embarrassment that turns into a funny story later. She can be a big goof around the house though and she makes me laugh all the time (especially when she is being “bad.” Why is it that kids and dogs are so funny when they are naughty? Its so hard to correct bad behavior when you can’t stop laughing about it). She definitely does what Jan’s puppy did with the bras in the living room, but thankfully she hasn’t done it yet with company over.

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 6:05 AM

      I would imagine a reactive dog would be an issue and would be embarrassing. I’ve been fortunate enough to not have a reactive dog before, but I do get it. Having walked many a dog that is reactive I know what owners go through sometimes. My best tactic (so far) is to do what Victoria Stilwell does and change directions until they calm down and then try again. It doesn’t work all of the time, but sometimes. I don’t know how you guys deal with it as well as you do though.
      I can completely relate to funny dogs though! Jasper and Daisy and my foster dog, Lady, make me laugh all of the time, even when naughty. I have decided that laughing is okay because usually it’s me who was the ding dong that forgot to put something away or gave them access to the stuff they got into in the first place. 🙂

  7. November 10, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Chester’s a master gooser. People don’t even have to jump – he raises them off the floor with that snout of his. Did you know that the more you shove your nose up there, the better the scent? Me neither. He’s also very fond of panties from the laundry basket; apparently they’re great to chew on. CindyLu picked up on this habit, and he digs extras out for her. Being one that loves to bury her treasure, people often pull panties out from behind sofa and chair cushions.

    • Mel
      November 10, 2011 at 5:59 AM

      Glad I’m not the only one with a gooser. Does he really lift them off the floor? LOL!
      Oh no Kim! They hide panties in the furniture too? How embarrassing!

  8. November 10, 2011 at 8:09 AM

    LOL. Poor Daisy! She is just trying to be polite, after all.

    Back in Shiva’s crazy days (I say this like they are over or something :-P) she embarrassed me pretty much every time we went out in public. From her wacko barking and lunging at garden gnomes to her running circles around poor joggers, I got very good at pretending I didn’t know who owned that weird spotted dog. Then there was the time in agility class where she pulled a tampon out of a classmate’s bag and ran around the room with it. I couldn’t pretend I didn’t own her that day.

    • November 10, 2011 at 8:36 AM

      Hee hee. 😉 Glad it wasn’t me.

    • Mel
      November 11, 2011 at 6:08 AM

      I read your comment at work Kristine and laughed my butt off. I an only imagine the embarrassment!
      That Shiva certainly knows how to make life fun! 🙂

  9. November 10, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    How I love a good nose up the butt story in the a.m. 🙂 Both my boys had a penchant for humping poor unassuming small dogs in obedience class. Makes small talk kind of awkward. “Oh, I’m sooooo sorry. He’s only trying to show his dominance. He does it to boy dogs, too.” Fun!

  10. November 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    Kayloo is totally a nose up the butt dog. She especially likes to goose pregnant women- even before I was pregnant she did it.

    Once she wedged her snout into the crotch of an unsuspecting woman and, being strong, it took a second for the woman to unhook herself from Kayloo’s curiosity and I didn’t manage to get over to her right away to help. “Oh my god, I am so sorry!” I couldn’t believe she was doing her “thing” with such intensity.

    The woman was really good about it: “It’s okay, I’m pregnant, she is probably attracted to me because of that.” She was only a few weeks pregnant and Kayloo was already mesmerized.

    Kayloo is my pregger-dar.

    • Mel
      November 11, 2011 at 6:06 AM

      Oh my goodness Shauna! I should be grateful for Daisy just going for the butt!

  11. November 10, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Cali likes to nose people in the crotch to get their attention! (So embarrassing!!)

    She will also run up to people all happy and friendly and then duck out of the way when they try to pet her (So RUDE!!).

    She’s lucky she’s so cute 😉

    • Mel
      November 11, 2011 at 6:07 AM

      It appears you and Shauna have dogs of similar behavior. 🙂

  12. November 11, 2011 at 7:55 AM

    I too have a Lab-German Shepperd that noes every man with the crotch hello.And all woman with noes up the butt hello .I have a sign that says watch for the lab at my fount door .But before they can read it ,it’s too late .then everyone just says it’s OK. and what a beautiful dog she is .
    We live out in the country and Hollie is our dogs name ,She is one of 4 that we have rescued ,when my husband go to work ,Hollie is my protector , She is right by my side or behind me ,I have had a lot of nose up the butt .
    One time our next door neighbors called me and was laughing so hard ,She was having a 4 of July party ,and I haded got over there yet ,But she finely stop laughing ,she said go in your back yard ,so I went out and Hollie had my bras around her nick and was just running and tossing it around having a great time with about 60 people laughing there head off and one guy ask does she had any other tricks ,or is that all. . I was so embarrassing to go over there ,after that . But I did ,And Miss Hollie decided she was going to the party and she jumped the fence and had her a great time saying hello to every one ,after a wall I just said
    I’m so sorry ,I just said this is Hollies other trick ,and everyone died laughing .I said She is saying Hello to everyone and making a head count And that was the big laugh of the night .Everyone enjoyed Hollie after she greeted everyone. We all had a big laugh about her. She was the lift of the party that night
    .

  13. November 11, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    You know you’ve met another true love lover when they let Daisy get her sniff and don’t seem to mind.

    Maybe that’s the purpose of her habit–she’s trying to sniff out the really good friends.

  14. November 14, 2011 at 10:30 PM

    Buster does the same thing to people! I agree with you – it is quite embarrassing.

  15. button nose
    February 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Old button nose!

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