Apparently dogs actually HATE when you pet them on the head
You learn something new every day.
A pet expert has revealed that patting your doggo on the head is the worst way to show affection.
And now, my heart is broken, as I've low key been torturing my dog for years.
“The wrong way to approach a dog is to walk up to them head on and just lean in for a head pat,” Sarah Bartlett explained.
Apparently going straight to their little heads is considered threatening.
So, what should we do instead?
"The best thing is to approach them from the side and then go down,” Sarah said.
"Keep your own bubble and their bubble, and it's then the dog's choice whether then encroach into your bubble.”
"I'm crouched down sideways and all I'm going to do is offer my hand out."
“If the dog sniffs your hand, you should then give them a little scratch under the chin or the ear.”
“Another thing to think about is if a dog rolls onto their back and shows their belly, we all love to give them a belly scratch.”
"But what we all tend to do is maybe be a bit firm with it, but for most dogs this is too much."
My heart can't take it.