You can pat your dog on her head, but that’s only because she loves you and recognises you as the one in charge. For the most part, dogs really dislike being patted on the head, says Meg Marrs, a dog behaviour expert and senior editor at K9 of Mine. This is doubly true for anyone who’s not you. “To a dog, a head pat is a somewhat rude and threatening gesture, especially when the human stands over the dog, as most do,” she explains. Instead? Dogs prefer it if you crouch down to their level and let them come to you. And if you are petting another dog, opt for chin or chest scratches instead of head pats.
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