Who’s a good boy?
Every dog owner knows that dogs are adorable and have a variety of quirks. From their funny facial expressions to their interesting noises, dogs always keep dog owners on their toes. There are plenty of things your dog wishes you knew, but one thing dog owners do know is that overall, dogs enjoy their belly rubs. But why do dogs like belly rubs in the first place? Veterinarian Dr Katy Nelson gives us the scoop.
Why do dogs like belly rubs?
There are many signs your dog really does trust you, and this is one of them. “Affection is a dog’s favourite currency. When a dog is comfortable enough to roll onto its back and expose [its] belly, it can imply significant trust in you,” Dr Nelson tells Reader’s Digest. “A comforting human touch is one of the greatest rewards they can receive. It’s also an opportunity for a bonding moment between you and your dog.” The love shared between humans and dogs is strong.
Can you rub your dog’s belly?
From dog snuggles to puppy eyes, there are many ways dogs try to say “I love you.” “Yes, if your dog enjoys belly rubs, there is no reason why you shouldn’t indulge them,” says Dr Nelson. “If your dog seems uncomfortable with you touching its belly while rolled onto [its] back, then just let them be.”