You know how a dog or cat may be a little unsure of you. As you approach they back off and keep their eyes on you.
But if you can just get close enough to pet them and begin a head scratch – you’re in.
You are their best friend for life, or at least for that moment.
So why do they melt for those precious moments in their existence?
Dr. Nicholas Dodman, a professor emeritus at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University has studied the head scratch. He found that it’s difficult for cats and dogs to touch the tops of their heads with their paws, and it’s impossible for them to lick it with their tongues and it gives the animal attention, which it might crave.
There are more reasons he talks about along with other experts on the bonding and reasons the head scratch is so powerful. Read about it below…
Source: Live Science
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