Behavior Analysis: Why do dogs like belly rubs?

One of the happiest things about having a pet is being able to rub them, especially when they are also enjoying themselves. It is a wonderful moment, as if all the troubles have disappeared.
We know that dogs seem to love belly rubs.
Normally they’ll lie on their back with their tongues hanging out and their tails wagging, waiting for you to keep rubbing their bellies. But have you ever thought that when your dog does that, it’s probably nervous rather than enjoyable, and that it’s just showing his belly to please you?
So how to judge? How to let the dog enjoy a belly rub?

Why do dogs like belly rubs?

Why do dogs like belly rubs?

1. Simply want a belly rub

Dogs also know how to enjoy life.
If the pet owner has rubbed its belly before, and it likes that feeling very much, then it will come to the pet owner again to show that it wants to be rubbed when it wants to be comfortable.
At this time, the dog’s overall feeling is very relaxed and happy.

2. Cannot scratch their own belly

Because of the way dogs are built, they can easily scratch their shoulders, neck and face, but they can’t scratch their belly.
So when it gets itchy, it turns to its pet owner for help.
At this time the pet owner should not refuse, because often rubbing its stomach can also promote gastrointestinal peristalsis and improve indigestion.

3. Want to please you

When your dog shows its belly to you for the first time and you’re happy with it, for example by immediately, rubbing its belly and rewarding it with a snack, it’ll know you like it.
So when it wants a snack and does something wrong, it will use this method to please you.



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