Finding your pet’s sweet spot

Anyone with a pet knows all belly rubs are not created equal. In fact, some pets have no interest in having their belly rubbed whatsoever. Sure, our pets look to us for love and affection. But they also look to us because we know that favored spot on their chest or neck or ear.

Through lots of intense cuddle research, we’ve nailed down Penny’s sweet spot.  Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

Penny is a head-scratch girl through and through

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

More specifically, Penny loves having the sides of her face massaged in a circular motion. It puts her to sleep every time

Now that Penny knows we know her sweet spot, she’s not afraid to ask for affection

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

It always starts with a few soft kisses

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

Then she pounces to make sure my affection (and hand) can’t escape

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

A relentless affection junkie 

But Penny is not the only one vying for some love. Eko stakes his claim too.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

“Will, don’t think you’re going anywhere without petting me first.”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

As I’ve documented before, Eko’s a butt-scratch guy. He backs up into my lap and stares at me until he gets his scratch

So pretty much anytime I sit down with my hands free, this is my view.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory

“Waiter, one face-rub and one butt-scratch, please.”

I only have two hands, so the camera got the boot while the pups got their affection of choice. There’s no getting up until the pups have had their fix. It’s just about the cutest toll there is, and I’m happy to pay.

Eko and Penny’s secret is out, so spill the beans. What brand of affection does your pet like best?

43 thoughts on “Finding your pet’s sweet spot”

  1. My horse Sam loves it when I scratch the bone just below his ear. He lowers his head and presses it ahaartistme. I have a tiny pony called Boomerang, who just collapses and starts rolling if you tickle him just below his shoulder

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  2. I believe I recently found the sweet spot on my yellow lab. When I gently scratch her neck under her collar (on the sides of her head), she’ll turn her head in the direction to the side I’m scratching so much that she eventually leans into the ground. I can then scratch under the collar in the other side of her neck, same thing. But if I’m not under the collar she won’t seem to care I’m scratching there as much.

    Now on an odd note, I tried scratching two of my friends dogs (two different breeds) in the same spot under the collar and got the same results. Head tilting and one dogs leg even started kicking.

    Is this common for under the collar?

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    • Too cute! Right in the collar area on the side of the neck is definitely a sweet spot for many pups. But every dog is different. Eko isn’t very interested in getting his neck scratched, he always prefers a good scratch on his lower back.

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  3. Sam’s a side of the face/ear kind of guy and will lean against me till I accommodate his desire. But he certainly won’t pass up a butt scratch in lieu of it. Now that I think about it, as long as I’m touching him, he’s pretty content! Nothing like a 60 lb. lap dog, eh? 🙂

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