So what is it about the stomach area that makes these pats so special? Do dogs really love belly rubs more than anything else?
You might assume a dog who is exposing her belly is begging for a rub, but according to Dr. Liz Stelow, chief of animal behavior services at the University of California, Davis, not every pup who rolls over on her back is looking for a tummy pet.
“There are two different reasons for a dog to expose its belly: She is soliciting a belly rub from a trusted individual, or she’s submitting (aka ‘tapping out’),” Stelow tells The Dodo. “The goals for these two behaviors are very different.”