When it comes to massages, we all have our spots.

And apparently, so do dogs.

Turns out pooches love to be petted in a particular way and as far as belly rubs are concerned, consider another area to rub down! According to VetStreet, it’s important to approach a pooch for petting from the side rather than over their heads. It has been said you are likely to be perceived as less of a threat if you introduce yourself to a dog from the side and rather directly from the front. VetStreet adds that to calm a canine down, go for a slower, gentler massage.

Meanwhile, massages can serve more than just a daily dose of goodness for the dog – they can also be used to detect possible body abnormalities. Modern Dog Magazine points to a routine pat-down referred to as the ‘maintenance’ massage – by petting your dog with a flat hand and truly paying attention to the landscape of your pooches’ body, you can get a better sense of what is and isn’t normal after regularly rub-downs.

Of course, there are certain types of massages dogs would rather not have. VetStreet notes approaching a dog who is laying on its back, and therefore exposing its belly, is not a good idea. Hugging is discouraged as well, since a dog may become threatened when it’s unable to move in your arms.

And of course, for those moments when your dog needs to use the bathroom, check out our real grass DoggieLawn patches! Our dog sod potty patches will keep him indoors for an easy potty solution. Simply place your dog sod litter box inside your apartment for an outdoor-free experience. Your outdoor dog litter box can easily be used indoors, and picking up your dog’s potty is a breeze since it’s all contained on the dog litter box. We also carry poop baggies that come in a variety of colours and fun patterns to match your stylish pooch!

Sources: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-massage-your-dog/2028
http://www.vetstreet.com/our-pet-experts/how-to-pet-a-dog
Photo: kiyomi shiba appreciates a good neck massage., Taro the Shiba Inu; https://flic.kr/p/fuVht4