Teaching your collie to give you kisses is a simple trick to learn since it’s a natural behavior of your collie to lick your face when they are happy to see you. In spite of this, it looks impressive when your collie can give you a kiss on command.
The best way to teach your collie to give you a kiss is to use a dog-friendly spread like peanut butter to get them to lick your face, then to use a command like “kiss”or “give kisses” and reward them when they do. It won’t take long for your collie to associate the action with the command and the reward and learn the trick.
In this article I’ll go over the step-by-step process I used to teach my collie how to give me kisses so you can teach your collie too! It’s not a difficult trick to learn and they will pick it up in only a few training sessions.
How to Teach Your Collie to Give You Kisses (Step by Step)
Use their natural behaviour and reinforce what the action means by using the word or phrase you want to assign the command to. Not all dogs are lickers and puppies are much more likely to try and lick you to death to show their affection. If you can’t exploit this then it’s totally fine, if you can exploit it to help them learn then this can really help.
Whenever your dog starts to lick you, tell them “kisses” or “give kisses” or whatever variant of the command you want to use. Repeat the command each time they do and reward them with a treat along with some praise. Adding an additional command such as “good” or “enough” when they stop licking you will help teach them to stop licking you as well.
Some dogs can be a bit overly excited and have trouble stopping when they start giving you kisses, especially puppies. Teaching them to stop is also a good idea and using commands when they naturally stop licking you is also good for teaching this.
Use an Edible Dog-Friendly Spread
Not all dogs are big lickers but they all love treats! A dog-friendly snack spread such as peanut butter or a low sugar jam can be a great incentive. You’ll need to test a range of different products to see what works best for your dog and you should always check to make sure it’s safe for your dog to consume. Chocolate and Dairy are both harmful for dogs and should be avoided.
Take a bit of your lure and dab a small amount on your face or wherever you want them to lick you. Repeat the command word you want to use then lean close enough to your dog so they can early lick the deliciousness from your face. The yummy treat will entice them to lick you and after some time, they’ll start to kiss you even without the yummy spread. However, you might want to offer some kind of small hard treat when first moving away from the spread trick.
Make sure you don’t put too much on your face to prevent your dog from trying to bite it off. You also don’t want to do this if your dog is a bit of a biter when it comes to spread based treats. If you’re uncertain then it’s a good idea to test it on your arm instead.
Always Use a Treat
When teaching a Border Collie any kind of trick, treats are essential. Border Collies learn best when you involve treats and it helps to keep their attention better during training sessions too. Not doing this will make training them to give kisses more difficult and trying to teach them any other trick in the future will be near impossible.
Your dog will have a favourite treat. Test different treats and find the ones they love the most, save those for especially difficult tricks and tasks.
The lack of consistency can quickly result in a confused Border Collie and a very frustrated you who gives up on teaching them anything. Remaining consistent can be difficult at times but when teaching your dog to give kisses, this should be quite easy.
Always use the same command word/phrase, regardless of which one you decide to start using with them. Teach them to give kisses to the same place and don’t change it from your face to your hand, keep the location consistent too. If you decide to assign a hand signal to where you want them to kiss you, use this from the start.
Stop Giving them Treats when they expect Treats
It’s easy to fall into the trap of forever giving them treats for doing something cute since getting kisses is pretty adorable. Sadly, you do need to stop though.
Too many treats are unhealthy for them so once they understand the trick, it’s time to move onto pure positive praise instead. Save the treats for later when you start teaching them other tricks and commands. Not doing this will mean they start to expect treats which might make them start to ignore you if they don’t get the treat. Dogs can get annoyed or upset with us for not giving them treats if they expect it!