Most dogs love belly rubs so much that they roll over and demand them regularly. But why? Here’s what you need to know!
The general gist is very simple: belly rubs feel good, so of course dogs like them! There’s a scientific root for all of this, too. There’s a brain reaction that dogs experience from the follicles of their hair. This is when they enjoy being pet, and belly rubs are a common favorite.
The act of stroking fur is also commonly associated with social grooming among canines. This is commonly associated with the idea that the dogs and other mammals developed this response as a way of maintaining hygiene. On top of that, when a dog rolls over and exposes their belly, they aren’t just asking for pets. They’re showing submission and trust, displaying vulnerability!
Of course, not all dogs love belly rubs. Some just aren’t fond of it, or aren’t comfortable with the display of submission. If that describes your dog, do not force it! Trying to flip a dog over when they don’t want to be flipped is likely going to lead to anxiety and nervous behaviors. If your dog loves belly rubs, great! If they don’t, respect that, and opt for other forms of affection instead.
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