Does your dog like belly rubs?
Many dogs really enjoy having their tummies scratched. However, if your dog routinely offers their belly up when approached, it could also have a very different meaning.
Which of the dogs below would welcome a belly rub, and which ones are asking you to leave them alone? Can you tell the difference?
Dogs who truly want their bellies rubbed will be loose and floppy, with soft eyes and wiggly bodies. If your dog appears tense, looks away from you, has wide eyes (or whale eyes), licks her lips, or shows other signs of stress, she’s probably asking you to back off. This body language is known as a “tap out” or “inguinal exposure,” and should be respected by giving the dog space to feel more comfortable.
How well do you speak dog? Let us know which dogs you would give belly rubs to and which you would leave alone in the comments section below!