Tummy Tickle – Is the dog really asking for a belly rub?

dsc00110-400x300Many dogs really enjoy having their tummies scratched.

However, if your dog routinely offers his/her belly when approached, it could also have a very different meaning altogether and you may end up being bitten.

How well do you read ‘dog’? Are you reading the dog’s body language? Here Sarah Reusche has several pictures of dogs on their backs. Test yourself. Which do you think want to be touched, and which don’t?

Here is the story of a dog I went to who offered her tummy in appeasement.

Theo Stewart, The Dog Lady 

Go to the main website: www.dogidog.co.uk

About Theo Stewart

I am a dog Behaviourist (INTODogs - ICAN Companion Animal Behaviourist) and trainer covering Beds, Herts, Cambs and Bucks, a 'Victoria Stilwell' Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT) and a full member of the IMDT. Graduate ISCP, International School for Canine Practitioners. My main site: www.dogidog.co.uk
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