Are Dogs Ticklish? Things You Need To Know When Owning A Pet
If ever you have a dog or have experienced taking care of one, you’ll know that their reactions can get confusing. Dogs have so much mannerisms that they can really be a head scratcher sometimes.
For example, tickling your dogs can have different results. Are dogs ticklish? Or does tickling just annoy them? Today, we will give out the answer to this puzzling question!
So, Are They Ticklish Or Not?
Dogs have been man’s best friend for a very long time. However, until to this very day a dog’s personality and actions have remained a mystery for the most part. Until science hasn’t invented a mind reader for your fluffy dog, understanding him is all up to clues.
The same can be said for your dog’s reactions. Dogs are such active pets that they can show so many emotions in relations to what you do. For example, taunting your dog with a treat can end up in many ways.
For one, it can result to your dog biting you out of frustration. Of course, let’s not hope for that to happen! On the other hand, your dog can feel very excited when you dangle his favorite snack. He might even play with you for a while before gobbling it all up.
Of course, tickling or scratching your dog is similar. If you try to tickle your dog around his thigh area, it might seem more itchy than tickly. On the other hand, there’s a lot of famous videos out there of dogs loving belly scratches.
However, each dog is different. While that pug on YouTube might like a belly rub, who knows if your neighbor’s French Bulldog will feel the same?
These different reactions have been studied by many experts. This is why there are many theories out there that are based from a dog’s reaction. For example, Ivan Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning Theory is one of the most famous ones out there.
Your Dog’s Reactions
With that said, the question of whether dogs are ticklish like us remains a mystery. It’s one of the many unanswered questions when it comes to our furry pets. Unfortunately, your dog would have to say “it tickles” instead of barking for you to know.
Surely, that’s not happening anytime soon!
However, there are many scientific studies that explain a dog’s reaction when tickled. So when it comes to your dog’s reaction, there are different answers to that. Let’s list down some of the common ones below
Dogs have different regions in their body that can translate to different reactions. Us humans are the same. Many people get tickled around their foot and waist area, while some get itchy if their back is tickled.
So why is this? Well, unlike humans who can easily scratch their belly and armpits, dogs have trouble in doing so. This is because their legs aren’t structured to do it. Their hind legs can only reach around their neck and face area.
One of the most common things that your dog might do after tickling him is kicking his hind legs. If you’ve noticed, dogs would do this a lot of you tickle their thighs, saddle, and belly area.
When you scratch those regions of your pooch’s body, it generates a nerve impulse that goes to the spinal cord. As a result, this makes the hind leg of your dog impulsively react. They do this in order to scratch the part you’re tickling, even though they can’t reach it! Poor pup!
Too Much Sensitivity?
Your dog can act strange sometimes when you touch him. For example, if your dog gets all worked up even with a slight tickle, it can mean there’s a skin problem. Dogs that usually jump or flinch when touched could either mean they’re hurt or sick.
Be sure to check for external wounds first. Moreover, try to look if there are rashes, mange, or any rough spot on his skin. Ticks and fleas could be another reason why your dog seems overly sensitive. If it persists, calling the vet is always advisable.
With That Said…
Now that you know the many reasons why your pooch is so crazy when you tickle him, it’s best to not overdo it. Really, it depends on your dog’s reaction if you should keep on tickling him or not. Some dogs like it and you can see it in their face, others can feel irritated.
To be on the safe side, try to scratch your dog on neutral spots of his body. These include the head and the upper back. These parts are also the famous areas where to properly pet your pooch.
Of course, nothing beats a good head scratch for dogs. With that said, have fun playing with your lovable pet!