Do dogs like their tummy being tickled?

When a dog rolls over, sticks four paws in the air and looks up lovingly, few can resist rubbing his belly and telling him what a good boy he is.

But a dog does not want its tummy tickled when it rolls over, and probably will not enjoy it – with most having learned to tolerate this strange human behaviour only because their owner seems to like it.

This is just one of the things we are getting wrong with our pets, according to animal expert Dr Jill MacKay, along with shouting at a dog when it barks at the door and telling a cat not to scratch the sofa.

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