Did you ever wonder why your dog adores ear rubs? The answer to your doggie bliss goes deeper than you may think! Find out exactly how below.

Your dog wants you to know something. Although the way to his heart is through his stomach (and of course, spending time with you!), there’s a good chance it’s also through his ears. You’ve seen the signs when you rub your dog’s ears, his eyes close in contentment, and may even fall asleep — he’s in doggie bliss.

How come ear rubs are adored by nearly all dogs? It’s the undivided attention a person gives their dog and their gentle touch, and it’s all of the nerves present in a dog’s ears. A dog’s ears are sensitive to the touch because they contain a network of nerve branches, and the nerves send impulses throughout the body. And when you rub your dog’s ears, endorphins, which are the natural ‘feel good’ hormones, are released and relax and calm your dog. And even better, numerous studies have demonstrated that people benefit just the same. Simply the act of petting a dog or cat releases human endorphins, it’s just one of the many benefits of sharing your home with a pet.

You know what to do now…. Stretch your fingers, find a comfy spot, and give your dog a nice long ear rub – you will both enjoy it greatly!

The Scoop:

While dogs welcome all kinds of ear rubs, find pointers on massaging your dog’s ears at ehow.com

Thank you to Karoli on flickr for the photo of Chloe.

Originally published January 2011, reviewed and updated July 2017