Nearly everyone has a least one spot where they're particularly ticklish, even dogs. One of the best ways to treat your dog and to make it feel good is to tickle it. Unlike tickling a human, you don't tickle a dog lightly with the tip of your fingers but rather scratch a certain area of the dog's body repeatedly. Dogs have more than 20 areas on their body that bring pleasure or relief when scratched or tickled. Taking the time to find these tickle spots can bring bliss to your pooch.
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Pet your dog all over its body. Use the tips of your fingers to scratch the dog as you go from one area of the body to another. Look for signs that the dog is enjoying getting scratched in a particular spot, such as kicking its leg, getting a "grin" on its face or nudging you affectionately.
Monitor your dog daily to see where it commonly scratches himself. Does your dog usually paw at the area around its ears or try to scratch the area near its tail using his teeth? Those hard-to-reach areas are ones that your dog has difficulty getting to itself and thus are areas that it would probably love for you to tickle and scratch.
Consult dog experts on where to tickle your dog. Talk with your veterinarian, groomer, canine masseuse or dog trainer to see which areas they recommend you tickle. You also can pick up a few tips concerning different ways to scratch and tickle your dog from these people.
Tips and warnings
- If your dog repeatedly tries to scratch himself in a certain spot for days or weeks or looks uncomfortable, it may be scratching due to fleas, mites or ticks. Take the dog to a veterinarian to rule this out or get it remedied.
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