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Types of physical praise, OR how to pet your dog
By Dog Blogger, Autumn
For me, there’s nothing better than a bellyrub, but when using physical praise every dog has a certain type of touching they prefer. Know there are several different forms that can be used and find out what works best for your dog and the situation. We’ll thank you for it!
A common movement where the flat of your hand glides down with slight pressure over our body. Remember depending on the speed of the stroke, you can excite us or calm us.
The Circular Rub
Using the flat of your hand on the front of our chest, rub us in a circular motion. MMMMMmmmm, feels good.
- A drumming of the dog with the flat of your hand to various degrees of intensity on the dog’s body. Usually the best place to pat a dog is on its withers of side, and occasionally under the chest. Please remember NEVER do this on top of our head. It’s irritating.
- Using the tips of your fingers scratch us under the chin, behind the ears, on the rear towards the tail, sometimes on the top of the head. A two handed “massage” up and down the length of the body can help release tension and really feels good.
- A kneading motion where your hand takes gentle grip of hair, loose skin, and sometimes even muscle tissue. The shoulders, the chest, and even the base of the back of us respond to this movement.
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