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May 15, 2012 ... Dogs shake or kick their legs when you scratch them because of ... When you scratch or tickle your dog's belly, it irritates him, much the same way ... Or when you scratch a cat at the base of his tail and his rear end rises up.


Jan 25, 2016 ... If you've got a dog that loves belly rubs, as many of us do, than you've no doubt found “the sweet spot” that gets his leg kicking. This usually ...


Nov 20, 2014 ... Fido just can't help himself. Each time you scratch that sweet spot on his belly, his hind leg starts kicking like crazy--but why? ... “Dogs kick when we scratch their belly because it's an involuntary reflex,” Dr. Marc Bekoff, ... cord recognizes the pain, and you involuntarily jerk your hand back,” Dr. Lore Haug, ...


Oct 27, 2014 ... ... messages to the spinal cord, which then instructs the dog's leg to kick. For some dogs, the kicking can be more pronounced depending on how much scratching they feel. ... “But when you rub their skin more, it accentuates the scratching.” ... the pain, and you involuntarily jerk your hand back,” Haug says.


... your dog's back leg doing a crazy kick depending on where you pet them. ... The nerves relay a message to his leg muscles to kick and jerk in an attempt to get ... So does this mean that rubbing your dog's belly is irritating them in some way? ... dogs wouldn't lie down and expose their bellies to be scratched if they didn't ...


Jan 14, 2016 ... Here's Why Dogs Kick When You Scratch Their Belly ... when someone scratches their belly: they begin to kick and twitch their legs uncontrollably. ... Services, this reflex can be even easier to illicit in dogs that have allergies. ... the pain before your brain realizes what's going on and your hand will jerk back.


Scratching your dog's belly might result in some leg-kicking behavior. ... When your dog moves her leg when you scratch her, it's called a scratch ... The most likely areas that cause the scratch reflex are her belly, her sides and low on her back.


Nov 14, 2014 ... Why Dogs Kick When You Scratch Their Sweet Spots ... hobknobbing around your dog's fur, the tickling would initiate the leg to bat away ... Whether or not they like it can easily be discerned: If he's loving the tummy rub, keep ...


The scratching exhibited by dogs while being petted is a reflex called the scratch reflex. ... the response can vary from dog to dog, but the belly, chest and sides are the ... Occasionally your dog may kick her legs when she has an itch she can't ...


Oct 30, 2012 ... Every dog seems to have one—that special spot on his belly or flank that, when scratched, sends his back leg kicking like crazy. It's odd and ...