It’s a Dog’s World… The Pleasure of Having Their Ears Rubbed
Ears are one of a handful of nerve centers on a dog’s body that are extra-sensitive to touch. The only other places that are nearly as sensitive are their bellies and the nooks between their toes.
When you rub a dog’s ears, the pleasure he feels is intense. It isn’t uncommon for some dogs to get so relaxed and blissful when they’re getting their ears rubbed that they slip into a happy sleep. Essentially the dog is getting high on his own hormones. So is the person doing the petting. Research has shown that people get the same calming benefits that their dog do. Rubbing dogs’ ears triggers a flood of human endorphins that in turn helps people to relax and evens lower blood pressure. Forget the statins and pet your pooch!
Please Note: Many breeds get their ears clipped when they are a few weeks old – Dobermans, Great Danes, boxers. Some never forget the experience and will be reluctant to have their ears handled.