Petting may feel like the most
natural thing to do to a dog. Ask any dog lover! It’s how we communicate, show
affection, make a connection, and establish trust with our canine friends. For
dogs, allowing themselves to be petted like is their way of showing their trust
and devotion. Why do dogs like being pet? Is there any particular reason? And
are there ways to make petting an even more pleasurable experience for your
Assess the Situation
There’s no doubt that dogs like
being touched by their human friend. Ideally, the dog should be the one to
initiate the petting. You’d know a dog wants to be touched if he approaches and
sniffs you, with his ears and his body relaxed. If dealing with a strange dog,
you need to learn and understand a dog’s body
language so you’re sure that he’s relaxed. Your pet dog usually snuggles
up close if he’s ready for a nice petting session.
If you just got a new puppy, you
should take the time to know him better first through play and interaction.
Once you’ve gained his trust and know more about how he likes to be petted,
only then would it be a good idea to let him socialize with people and other
animals. You’d be better able to reduce his anxiety and tell other people how
to best approach him.
Keep in mind that dogs love to be
petted by people they love and trust. The way he interacts with you would most
definitely be different from how he’d react to other people. Read more tips on how to
socialize your dog.
Do dogs like to be pet when
they’re sleeping? Not all of them do. This is why it’s best to call out your
dog’s name instead of touching him when he’s having a nightmare. You could end
up being bitten if you touch a dog that’s sleeping.
Where and How to Pet a Dog?
Where do dogs like to be petted
the most? It’s different for every dog. The longer you get to know your pet,
the more you’ll be familiar with his favorite spots for petting and rubbing. If
you’re wondering how to pet a new puppy or an unfamiliar dog that seems
friendly enough, start slowly and lightly petting the chest or shoulder. Don’t
go straight to the top of the head unless the dog shows an indication that he
wants you to touch him there.
There are parts of a dog’s body
that you should avoid petting entirely. For instance, some dogs may be
irritated or act aggressively if you touch them anywhere near the tail, under
the chin, on the muzzle, or at the back of the neck. Some canines may consider
it a threat and bite out of instinct. You should also avoid grabbing a dog by
the face. Some dogs love being scratched behind the ear, but generally, dogs
don’t like their ears being petted roughly.
The intensity and speed of stroking
would also affect your dog’s emotions. It’s always a good idea to be gentle and
apply just the slightest bit of pressure. Following the direction of the fur
and making slow, rhythmic strokes effectively soothes and calms a dog down.
Quick, shallow pats are not usually well-received.
Why Dogs Love Being Petted
So, why do dogs like being petted
so much? According to science, having a pet as a companion and communicating
with our pets through touch is beneficial to
our physical and mental health. But don’t worry because your
furry friend isn’t getting the short end of the stick either. Being petted
benefits our dogs too—in more ways than one!
· They simply like how it feels.
This may not entirely be based on
science—but based on what dog owners around the world have always known.
There’s no question that a good petting is all you need to make your dog’s day.
A study also showed
that dogs prefer being petted over verbal praise.
· It’s good for their health.
Touching a dog reduces blood
pressure and heart rate for humans. Sleeping with a dog beside you have been
shown to reduce anxiety and give you a sense of security. It’s been found the
dogs enjoy the same health benefits. Gently touching or stroking is also
effective in reducing dog anxiety and easing
But do dogs like being pet while
sleeping? Some dogs could fall asleep as you’re petting them. But it’s best to
avoid touching a dog in a deep sleep. Being touched while sleeping may startle
some dogs and cause them to bite.
· It strengthens their bond with their owners.
Dogs are affectionate and sociable
creatures who like being given attention by their owners. Being petted makes
your dog feel closer to you, in the same way that grooming fosters
relationships in many species of the animal kingdom. Touch can also tell your
dog the emotional state you’re in.
· It shows your dog trusts you.
Why do dogs like being pet on the
belly? It feels good, for sure. But when your dog rolls over begging for your
touch, it’s could be his way of showing that you’re his “alpha” and that he
trusts you completely.
Rubbing and stroking your dog should be part of your daily pet care routine. Apart from feeding him healthy meals, socializing your dog, grooming him, training him in basic commands, and making sure he gets enough exercise, petting your dog is essential in strengthening your bond with your pet and keeping your dog healthy. Dogs can’t get enough of it! And petting a dog comes with excellent health benefits for both you and your canine friend.