What is it with patting or rubbing pets?

@louievill (27518)
Philippines
February 12, 2011 11:20am CST
I have noticed that pets especially dogs and cats love so much to be patted , something natural or routine we do but never think about why, what is in it that they seem to love or enjoy it so much? Dogs love to be patted in training, you thing they love it more than the cookie reward?
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• Philippines
13 Feb 11
patting an animal's head is a sign of acceptance.same thing as with humans.patting your child's head gives him/her an assurance that you love him/her.it makes him/her feel appreciated.patting your husband's/wife's back make him/her feel relieved and relaxed.it means you are assuring him/her that no matter what happens,you support him/her.with a cat or a dog patting their heads makes them feel loved and appreciated.
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@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
yes, "aasurance" , so together with goodhunter's comment, assurance and acceptance are is the key.
12 Feb 11
Hi. For pets especially with dogs and cats is a sign that they are accepted in the household or in the work place as in the case of guard dogs. The fell of your hands for a pet is a sure sign to them that you appreciate and approve what they are doing.
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@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Yes, think "acceptance" is a good key word to human to pet relationship
• Pamplona, Spain
25 Feb 11
Hiya louie, Most Pets like you to take notice of them sure they do. Perhaps they like the Cookies and the attention you give them as well. The Pets that I have had up till I came here liked you to play games with them most of all and that´s what I used to do. Pets are great fun and they can be a great anti-stress relief. Pets like Birds don´t really want you to stroke them a lot of the times though but they still love you as much.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
26 Feb 11
hi, nice to have somebody from your country respond, yes we recently got a golden retriever pup. great companion and like you said relieves stress, stroke him just enough or else she won't like it
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• Pamplona, Spain
26 Feb 11
Hiya louie, Golden Retrievers are beautiful Dogs and really cute as Puppies as well. They are very affectionate Dogs mainly and they love to be outside and the centre of attention. We have a few around here and they behave very well. When it´s warmer one of them likes to stretch himself out on a Park Bench in the Heat of the Sun and close his eyes for about 15 minutes he is a world of his own. His owner cannot get him to move from there but when the 15 minutes is up he is up and away again. Dogs don´t need watches they have one inside them somewhere. I ran after a cross bred Black Labrador Puppy this Morning as the young Girl was going frantic trying to catch him or her. She is a beautiful Puppy with a lot of strength too she´s called Luna (Moon). She needs training a lot that one but she does like you to make a fuss of her.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
26 Feb 11
oh yes I'm a Labrador lover, a few years back I had a show type English Lab that I had gotten so attached to, so intelligent, when it passed away, I could not seem to get over it, even the kids, I made a pastel sketch of him but can't seem to find it, hope I can find it so I can upload, maybe that's why my loving wife bought a golden retriever so me and my children could get across the lose
• India
13 Feb 11
i think that the dogs will like have love from their masters that is the reason why they love to be patted
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Yes dogs love human masters because they depend on us, we love them in return because they bring us joy and happiness
• India
13 Feb 11
yes you are correct,both love mutually.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
12 Feb 11
I think they just like to be touched and it feels good to them. My pets would rather have a tummy or chin scratch rather than a treat. I'm not much on giving many treats. Gotta think about their weight too, ya know.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
yes , good thing you reminded me of that tummy scratch, they like it there too same as in the head or under the chin. My other dog gets to sleep when I give him a tummy scratch
@Galena (9120)
13 Feb 11
that also depends on the individual animal. when I put a fresh bowl of food in my rats cage, Willow goes straight to the bowl to see what's for dinner, and Alice comes to the door for a cuddle.
• United States
12 Feb 11
Love and touch are some of our basic needs for life. I am guessing that it is the same for our pets as well! They need that affirmation that we care and approve. Just like our kiddos do!
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Perhaps i think with them it started out when their moms when she first licked them while their eyes were still closed
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• United States
13 Feb 11
That's a real good point. She begins cleaning them and "rubbing" them with her tongue as soon as they are born and there just may be a connection there. Like a comfort thing!
@shibham (17019)
• India
28 Feb 11
Hi friend. I have a pet cat and i do the same act with her but rather than my activity to her.... usually she rubs her body on my leg if i stand or sit near her. lol.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
28 Feb 11
I have observed my pet cats and and I agree with you, they seem to love it more under the chin , yes they also like to rub the whole body in my legs especially if they want something, dogs seem to want it mare in the head
@kalav56 (11496)
• India
17 Feb 11
Probably they feel they are being loved and this gives a good sense of security and satisfaction to them.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
18 Feb 11
for sure they do. thanks for the response
16 Feb 11
From watching tv programs I notice that big cats (lions. cheetahs, leopards etc) are always lying close together and rubbing against each other. Epecially the cubs. It gives them a sense of belonging to the pack, a mixing of their scents to show that they are altogether. Dog family packs do this too - like wolves. Perhaps the pet dogs and cats are still mixing scents with their owners to confirm their belonging to the pack.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
16 Feb 11
Pack behavior is exhibited by dogs, and I don't think that it is just belonging to the pack that they want to do although you are correct there, they also want to please the Alpha, which is us and get some kind of reward in return, better than people cause they don't ask for money, thank you for responding
@joshvlim (81)
16 Feb 11
In my own and honest opinion patting is really more better than offering cookies for your dogs since this is a holistic form of giving them some loved but I would say that the two things you mentioned is both different since cookie has a taste and they love food for sure. They truly will love both and I say that you can continue both since patting can be a form of bonding between and you and your dog.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
16 Feb 11
Yes could be a different thing but like I mentioned above, I would say they compliment each other, thanks for the good response
@joshvlim (81)
16 Feb 11
I should say that patting is a form of special communication between the dog and owners and also alot of dog lovers are attesting that it really is effective specially pampering our beloved dogs and I wont say that it is more effective than the cookie reward thing since cookies will be cookies its food and its taste will really have a impact on them. Try to continue the patting since its a holistic form of loving our dogs.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
16 Feb 11
Yes touch is a form of communication, good point, combine that loving stroke with a food reward which is also a basic instinct, yeah could double the effect.
@aghiuta (526)
• Canada
13 Feb 11
My Rotweiller loves to be petted.He will make sure that I do not stop,by putting his paw on my arm, or his head under my hand.Is a sign of love and acceptance.If I want to work out he rather sit on me,or next to me touching me.I think this is the feel of a pack.Some times when I train him,do not need the treat,a hug will do.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
Oh that's very sweet, it's like saying, " you can bother to give me the treat later but for the meantime hugs would be fine"
@Galena (9120)
13 Feb 11
physical contact is very good for your health. when people lack physical contact their health suffers. and it's lovely to touch animals as their fur feels good. animals are good for the Soul. they love unconditionally. they don't judge. they just love. stroking an animal has positive effects on blood pressure and heart rate, as well as emotional conditions. I know that running my lurchers, fine, velvety ears through my fingers makes me feel very soothed. and when my rats sniff my face and tickle me with their whiskers it makes me smile. and I can see why animals like it. after all, my husband often scratches my head, and I find it very relaxing.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
14 Feb 11
Yes, majority of us believes and does benefit from the therapeutic, soothing or even magical way our pets give to us, it's like give and take but pets seem to have simpler motives because they are unaffected by materialism so it's purer
@stanley777 (7257)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
I think they actually love the interaction and our touch rather than the food. They are loving animals, and if we show them love, they'd gladly accept it and return it to us too. They are mammals like us, which is why they are our bestfriend.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Yes interactionbetween mammals even of different spcies is very enjoyable and fulfilling, it's like I'm being called for lunch and I'm still playing with my pets so in a way it supersedes hunger haha
@sender621 (14933)
• United States
13 Feb 11
Our pets seem to like the attention we give them. Stroking them shows how we feel about them and can make them feel content, safe and secure in their environment.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
hi sender, like what others are saying, it is an "assurance" thing for them and we have to do it continuously , thank you for your response
@maximax8 (30615)
• United Kingdom
13 Feb 11
Patting and rubbing a cat or dog shows love and affection to the animal. A dog might wag his or her tail when being rubbed or patted to show happiness. A cat that is being stroked might purr showing delight. The owner or friend of the dog or cat with get rid of some stress by stroking the pet. Dogs in training like to feel loved and cared for and like pats from his or her owner. At this time the patting would be like saying well done. Stroking a pet animal is natural and better than routine.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Oh yes, thanks for reminding all of us about the wagging of tails and purring, it's like an acknowledgement . Good point you have that it's not only the pet that benefits, but also master's can get out stress so that make the relationship symbiotic.
@Hatley (164169)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Feb 11
louievill hi I think its sort of a bonding as baby puppies or kittens will be licked all over by their moms and nuzzled so when we their owners rub or pat them its a feeling of bonding with the human like their moms used to do with them, a built in feeling of security of being cared for and loved. we people also love to be hugged and patted on the back too. I think most animals have some form of touch that they love when it comes right down to it. lol I think the touch of a hand they love even more than a cookie not that they will turn down the cookie.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
Yes maam, seems like it's also part of pack behavior since dog are pack animals. Just wondering if animals that do not belong to packs respond the same way to a pat in the head.
• United States
12 Feb 11
There could be way too much cookies but never enough patting and hugging. So I think they are just as humans, we can go a period without food, but we cannot go a time period without comfort.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
13 Feb 11
very true, hahaha
@zandi458 (28124)
• Malaysia
12 Feb 11
My dog really love to be patted. The moment I call her name she comes quickly and lay down with her legs wide open. If I don't pat on her stomach she will beg me by folding both her arms together and moving it up and down pleading me to pat.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
12 Feb 11
My dogs love that too, it's like kinda reward they expect from us if they respond to us calling them , wish people would be much simpler and accept rewards or acknowledgements like that, but people just need more than a pat in the head
• United States
12 Feb 11
Maybe it's similar to how a child enjoys getting hugged. My dog used to use his nose to lift my arm up to pet him. He got quite could at jabbing it right into my armpit or my ribs. It's positive attention.
@louievill (27518)
• Philippines
12 Feb 11
Yeah, petting is like an assurance to them,I had also observed that dogs seem to like it on their nose or in the head region whereas cats prefer it under the chin um... I wonder why