How To Pet Your Dog

By | June 16, 2014

If you have pets then you will no doubt know how lovely it can be to sit and cuddle up to your pet, fussing over them. Even if you are still looking to get a pet, you will likely be looking forward to hearing your cat purr or giving your dog a tummy rub. These are the kind of special bonding moments that bring pets and their owners closer together, just as family should be.

That said there may be times your pet starts at your touch. Now, this isn’t something to be disheartened by, it just means you need a refresher on the best way to pet different animals. When it comes to knowing whether they prefer patting or scratching etc., no one will know your pet like you do, but knowing what parts of an animal are petting hotspots and what spots are likely to get you scratched and hissed at can really make the world of difference as far as your pet is concerned.

Your pet will feel safe with you because it loves and trusts you. It will allow itself to be vulnerable with you, allowing you to pet sensitive areas like the head and the underside. To make sure the experience is stress (and scratch) free for you and enjoyable for your pet, you need to know how best to fuss your pet.

Dogs are an animal very much associated with love and fuss, but even they have certain preferences when it comes to petting. Read on to see where your dog wants to be fussed and where they want to be left well alone.


This is a rewarding spot for dogs, but also one you should be honoured to touch. As one of the dog’s most sensitive areas, it must have complete trust in you to let you stroke or pat its head.


This is a seriously sensitive area on a dog and will only be exposed to the most trusted of two-leggers. It is also a dog’s favourite fuss spot. Tickles work best on the tummy but any kind of loving contact here is a winner.


Dogs can be temperamental about their rear. Sometimes they enjoy a scratch on the haunches, other times a dog will simply dismiss you. It’s really up to them; don’t worry though, they will let you know.


The tail is not somewhere dogs want you to pay attention to (unless they’re wagging it in anticipation of a treat!). Don’t pull or pat the tail, especially if it is going to surprise the dog. They can get defensive over their tail, so be gentle and respect their boundaries.

These are just a few examples of how and where to fuss your dog. Now you know which areas to avoid and which ones are wide open for fuss, you can really make the most of yours and your dog’s time together.

If your dog’s favourite spot isn’t listed above then make sure you stay aware of what your dog tells you. What makes it cuddle in and stay calm? And what makes it arch its back, lash out or run off? Take note of your dog’s reactions and read the signals so you can both enjoy bonding during pamper sessions.

Caring for and loving your pet is always a priority and in the same way spoiling your pet with lots of pet accessories is fun and rewarding for both parties, so is knowing how to cuddle and show love for your pet. So what are you waiting for? Go give your dog a tummy rub.