Do Dogs Get High When You Rub Their Ears?
Does rubbing dogs ears give them a natural high?
When you rub your dog’s ears, she’s essentially getting high on her own hormones, says Dr. Allen Schoen, director of the Center for the Advancement of Veterinary Alternative Therapies. In addition, Schoen says massaging a dog’s ears meets a basic need for affection and communication from pet owners.
Do dogs like it when you rub their ears?
Dogs like their ears rubbed because it brings them pleasure through reflexology and endorphins. There is no doubt about that. Humans love massages too, so it is not hard to see why dogs love them. So, go ahead and show your dog a little love with a good ear rub.
What happens when you rub a dogs ears?
Ecstatic Ear Rubs The nerve impulses sent through the hypothalamus and pituitary glands actually secrete endorphins — the same pain-killing, feel-good hormones humans release during exercise, for example — that make your four-legged companion feel relaxed, mellow and very happy.