Having three dogs for the weekend, I noticed three very different behaviors relatively to petting or stroking. i.e.
HK will avoid a pat on the head 95% of the time, but she will aggressively position her rump for the nice rub. Even when she is all excited retrieving, she wants her pat on the rump, not her head. When in the mood she will roll over for a belly rub, this is primarily in the evening.
Newman will do everything he can to get his head under your hand, under any hand. At the dog park he is persistent at getting every person he sees to rub his head.
Louie (the cockapoo) on the other hand will wiggle anything he can to get you to pet his head, his rump. his back. Forget about getting him to roll over for a tummy rub, that would require too much settling down.
So, does your dog(s) prefer head, rump, tummy, other rubs?
Hershey Kisses, In charge of getting Ed out to the dog park so that he gets some exercise.
First off, having 3 dogs all vying for attention at the same time is kinda funny on who can push who away from mom. Simba is usually the winner in that dept.!
All 3 like any type of attn. and get it, but Simba will immediately flop down for belly up rubs.
It's not the destination, it's the journey!
Always right above her tail!! I tell here sometimes I want to pet YOUR HEAD!!!!!!
Lexi is clearly a rump girl. I might start out petting her head, but she wiggles her way along until her rump is right there.
My pretty girl, Lexi!
If you have a hand within ten feet of Harley, he wants it planted firmly on his body!
Scout likes the rump and the ears. No belly rubbing.
Debbie (Scout's Mom)
Kodi is an all over her body girl.
Belle is rather aloof and does not care where I pet her so long as she can try to get her nose into my pocket as I am petting her.
Clover definitely a rump girl.
Hoss is a tummy man without a doubt!
Karen and the gang
BBI Kodi's Journey To Anotch (Journey)
BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)
Puff likes to be rubbed at times, and when and where she wants it -- sometimes rump, sometimes ears, sometimes belly rubs.
Bess wanted to be rubbed all the time -- except when she was retrieving or eating -- those took 1st and 2nd priority, in that order. The closer she was to me (or you) the better she felt and, when that close, to be rubbed or petted or gently stroked. And she nudged anyone's hand to remind them that God's puprose in giving people hands was to rub and pet dogs.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Right above the tail is Bauer's favorite spot. When I come in the house, he walks toward me, and then keeps walking right between my legs (stopping when only his rump is still in front of my body). After rubbing his rump a little, he curls his body around my leg to look at me . . . then he is ready for his head rub. This is his normal greeting ritual with me, but he likes to be rubbed by anyone, at anytime, where ever he can get them to rub.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.