Where do dogs like to be petted?
Best Spots to Pet
Most dogs are comfortable being petted on the chest, the shoulders and the base of the neck.
When petting these areas, reach in from the side, rather than moving your hand over the top of the dog’s head.
Most dogs dislike being touched on top of the head and on the muzzle, ears, legs, paws and tail.
How long should you pet your dog?
Every so often, take 10 or 15 minutes to rub a familiar dog from head to tail. Use a circular motion to cover the dog’s face, under the chin, and chest.
Does petting feel good to a dog?
Many dogs enjoy being petted on the the chest, shoulder and base of the tail. In humans, petting a dog can trigger the release of the bonding hormone oxytocin. Feeling that fur can also lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Touch also serves to soothe a mildly upset or anxious canine.
Can you pet your dog too much?
At its worst, a dog that is too used to the constant company of its paw-rent could develop a case of separation anxiety. Giving your pooch something to do while you are out will allow him to grow accustomed to being left alone, instead of requiring your attention and affection all the time.