Today, let us tackle one of the actions we humans do to our beloved pets.
Do you pat your dog's head? Does he move away when you do so?
According to Dr. Bruce Fogel and the Faculty of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, patting or stroking the head is an action perceived by dogs as dominance and not affection.
Other forms of establishing dominance to your dog is by staring at him, standing over him, or stroking the top of his head. Simply said, stroking the head is just plain uncomfortable to them.
So don't be surprised if the dog will move away when you start raising your hand towards its head- especially if you haven't done the "nose swat".
Patting the dog's head is an excellent way of asserting your pack leader position. If you have a naturally submissive dog, this action can possibly make him more insecure.
So what's the best way to show your loving touch?
Most dogs prefer being stroked. Although Peanuts just loves being patted in the tummy.
- Side of the Face
- Front of the Chest
- the Soft Tummy
- the Rump
- Under the Chin
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