How To Tickle A Dog

How To Tickle A Dog


Dogs love being tickled just as much as humans do.

Dogs try to avoid the sensation of being tickled.

Dogs are not ticklish. They try to avoid the sensation of being tickled, and sometimes even scurry away from your hand if you touch them in an area where they’re sensitive. That said, some dogs will tolerate or even enjoy a good rubdown on their bellies or backs—feel free to ask your dog what she prefers before trying it out!

If your dog reacts poorly when you start to play with her (even if she previously seemed fine), stop immediately and let her calm down before resuming play later.

Tickle spots differ by dog.

Although every dog is different, certain spots are generally ticklish. These include:

  • Dog’s ears and footpads
  • Dog’s belly, armpits, and inner thighs
  • The back of the neck (some dogs only)

You’ll need to experiment a little to find out exactly where your dog is ticklish.

Tickling your dog sends emotional signals.

The way you tickle a dog can reveal more about your relationship than you may realize.

  • Tickling is a way of showing affection. When tickling, it’s important to do so gently and never go for the ribs or throat. If he or she doesn’t know how to respond to tickling, don’t push it too far; if they’re uncomfortable, stop immediately! You may just need to give him or her some time to adjust before trying again.
  • Tickling is also a way of demonstrating dominance over someone else who is smaller than yourself (or vice versa). For example: if your dog has been misbehaving around other dogs, try petting them gently first before attempting any type of physical contact—then only go as far as what feels comfortable for that particular animal! Remember, everyone needs time recovering from their last interaction before trying again…and sometimes even then there are no guarantees!

Dogs feel ticklish for several reasons.

It’s no secret that dogs have a similar nervous system to humans. They can feel tickling as an emotional response just like us, but they also experience it physically as well. This makes sense when you consider the fact that dogs have a limited vocabulary and rely on physical communication to get their needs met.

As you might imagine, there are several reasons why your dog feels ticklish:

  • Dogs have nerve endings throughout their skin and fur that make them sensitive to touch in many places on their body. So depending on where you’re tickling them, it may not feel good at all!
  • The same way we sometimes laugh or smile when we’re touched in certain spots (think about how much fun it is to play with someone’s belly button), dogs will respond similarly if they’re stimulated in these areas of sensitivity. This could be why some people refer to “ticklish spots” for dogs—they don’t necessarily mean areas where it feels good for them; instead these are places where playing around with those nerves could cause behavior changes such as laughter or crying!

Tickling a dog is not always positive.

While tickling a dog can be a positive interaction, it can also be a negative one. As with any type of animal, dogs have different personalities and may not appreciate being tickled. It’s important to consider the individual dog’s personality when deciding whether or not to engage in this type of play.

A great way to know if your dog will enjoy being tickled is to try it out first! If your pup seems receptive and friendly toward the idea, then go for it! But if you notice signs of anxiety or fear from your pet, stop immediately and back off before trying again another time.

Dog’s ears and footpads are particularly sensitive.

  • Dog’s Ears: The most sensitive part of a dog, they can be tickled by running your fingers through their fur, flicking them with your fingernails or playfully nibbling on it. You can also blow gently into their ears and watch how they’ll squirm to get out of the way.
  • Footpads: These are incredibly sensitive as well, so try getting your puppy’s foot and pulling away from it as if you were playing tug-of-war. This will make them whine in delight because it feels funny! Just remember not to do this too hard or too often as they may become sore after a while.
  • Belly – The belly is another great spot to tickle a dog (or any animal) because no one can resist poking at those little rolls of fat that jiggle when you poke at them! Try lightly poking at it and see how fast he/she moves away!
  • Tail – If you’ve ever seen an animal wag its tail when greeting another pet or person then there’s no doubt that this area is also quite sensitive for all animals. Some even like having this area touched while others don’t mind at all but still prefer other places such as paws instead since they’re more used to being handled daily than say…their own rear end would be since many dogs spend most their lives covered up with thick fur coats year round rather than sitting naked outside where everyone else has easy access

Puppies can be tickled without much success.

Tickle a puppy and he might not enjoy it, but it’s still worth the effort. A puppy is more likely to enjoy playing with you than being tickled.

However, puppies often don’t know how to react when they’re being tickled by an adult human and might try panicking or growling in response. This can be quite frightening for a person who isn’t used to having a dog around them all day long!

It is normal for dogs to not want to be tickled, but if your dog likes it, you should do it!

Tickle a dog and it will likely react by trying to escape, or worse yet, nip at what tickles it. This is normal for dogs because they have not been conditioned over time to enjoy the sensation of being tickled or laughed at like humans do.

The goal of this guide is to help you get your dog used to being tickled so that you can have fun playing with him and giving him belly rubs without any fear of getting bitten!


So, while it’s not always possible to make dogs laugh with tickles, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy the sensation. Plus, if you want that satisfying “phew-phew-phew” sound of a dog laughing and breathing funny, you can listen for them!

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