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For dog lovers, it seems that their hands and a dog's head are supposed to go together. Most dogs like nothing more than to be petted. As a dog owner, it is essential to know precisely where to pet your dog. To do this, you must learn to read the signs which dogs give before petting, during the activity, and after petting gets over. Yes, there is actual science behind it.
The dog must initiate
You must have heard of the adage of allowing a sleeping dog
to continue in its sleeping. Follow this advice. If you want to pet any dog,
the animal should set the terms-and not you. Even if your dog likes nothing
more than a heavy petting it should initiate the activity and not you. This is
not only true for the dog you just met, or your friend's dog, the same rule is
applicable for your own dog as well. A dog which wants to be petted will sniff
you. You can see its ears and body become visibly relaxed. If the dog nuzzles
up with you or wiggle while leaning towards you, it means the dog wants from
you a good round of petting. Go on, pet the dog!
Good petting takes knowledge of where to touch so that the
dog likes you. Pet the animal on the shoulder and chest. You can also pet it on
the base of its neck and not move your hand on the top of its head. Start by
slowly stroking the animal and then do a little light massage. Do not venture
your hand towards the tail base or under its chin. Avoid the back of its neck.
Do not by any circumstance grab its head and roughly cuddle its ears. No dog
will like this behavior. If you are familiar with the dog, then you could vary
the petting area and experiment on what it likes. When you complete your
petting, say something like g"go" and repeat it after every session
that the dog does not again come to you for another round of petting.
Friends with your dog
Do remember, that dogs do
not regard petting as a way to bond with their owners. It allows you to pet
mostly for your pleasure, and the dog wants to be friends with you. As a dog
owner, you should pet in such a manner that your dog likes the activity and it
is sure that such an action on your part will keep it safe, calm, and loved. It
is vital that you pet your dog regularly and also permit your family and
friends to pet the animal the way it likes. The best is to adopt a puppy, and
you help it when it is growing up to make a pleasant personality.