Why Do Dogs Like Belly Rubs? 

It feels good

Dogs have a lot of nerve endings in their bellies, so belly rubs can feel very pleasurable.

It shows trust

When a dog exposes its belly, it is showing trust and vulnerability. This is a sign that the dog feels safe and comfortable with you.

It helps them relax

Belly rubs can help dogs to relax and feel calm. This is because belly rubs can release endorphins, which are hormones that have mood-boosting effects.

It's a way of bonding

Belly rubs are a great way to bond with your dog and show them that you love them.

It's a way of grooming

Dogs groom each other by licking, and belly rubs can help to simulate this behavior.

It helps to relieve pain

Belly rubs can help to relieve pain in dogs, especially in the stomach area.

How to Give 

Start slowly and gently. Don't just dive right in and start rubbing their belly vigorously.

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