Tips to caress your dog

Every dog wants to get loved, cared, tickled, petted, caressed,, the question how to do it correctly, sometimes we caress some part of the dog and your dog dislike it. So here are something we all should know.

 Dos and some Don’t.

Before we start I want to tell you that don’t try to follow my tips if you don’t know your dog.

1. Focus on areas behind the dog’s ears, between his front legs and along with his belly. These are common tickle spots in many dogs. A quick scratch over these spots may result in a happy kick or doggy grin. Scratch with your fingertips, applying a little pressure to give the dog a good scratch.

2. Most dogs dislike being touched on top of the head and on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail. Slow petting, similar to gentle massage or light scratching, can calm a dog down. Place your hand on an area where the dog enjoys being handled. Gently move your hand or fingers in the same direction the fur lies.

3. Slowly stroke or gently scratch the base of the dog’s ears.It is better to approach from the side of the dog’s head, not from above its face.

4. Many dogs enjoy being scratched at the top of their back, on either side of the spine. The front end near the neck and shoulders has a lower chance of making the dog anxious.
5. Friendly dogs may enjoy being pet under the chin or on the chest. Dislike strangers reaching near their jaws.

Don’t Scratch suddenly

6.Don’t scratch suddenly or vigorously, don’t pat or slap its sides, and don’t move rapidly to a different area. If the dog enjoys an area being pet. You may move from stroking to light scratching or from one hand to two hands. Keep it gentle, though, as you don’t know how this unfamiliar dog may react to more energetic pets. Fast or vigorous petting can make even a friendly dog overexcited, and cause it to jump or snap at your hands.

8. As you get to know a dog, find out which types of petting it enjoys most. Some dogs like belly rubs, while some like their legs massaged. Others will growl if you get near these areas. Additionally,  pay attention to the dog’s body language and concentrate on areas it enjoys most. A wagging tail, relaxed muscles, and whining when you stop. Move away are signs that the dog is enjoying the petting. Drooling can be a sign of excitement, although this doesn’t always mean the dog is relaxed.

9.When a dog is lying on its back, it may be scared and trying to appease you, not asking for pets. Even a friendly dog that enjoys belly rubs might sometimes be performing this action for another reason. Therefore, Don’t rub the dog’s belly if it appears nervous, tense, or unhappy.

10. Every so often, take 10 or 15 minutes to rub a familiar dog from head to tail. Use a circular motion to cover the dog’s face, under the chin, and chest. Move on to the top of the neck, the shoulders, and back all the way to the tail. Some dogs may let you massage down each of its legs.

Post Author: Dr Suranjan Sarkar

Dr Suranjan Sarkar is a small animal veterinarian, working in this field since 1996. His area of expertise includes emergency and critical care medicine. He writes a blog to share his experiences in areas of his interest such as veterinary, pets, gardening, occult, social media etc. He says” One can express all his feelings by writing only”.

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