To your dog, ear massages are right at the top of good things along with belly rubs. Ever wonder why your dog swoons when you gently rub his/her ears?
The ears of a dog are like nerve central with networks branching out to all parts of the body. These nerves send messages to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which in turn release endorphins, hormones that make dogs (and humans too) feel good and relieve pain. Try using the Tellington TTouch, starting at the base of the ear, stroking with circular, gentle motions.
But dogs won’t allow just anyone to rub their ears. It has to be someone they know and trust. Never allow a child or an adult to pull on a dog’s ears. They could be in for an unpleasant surprise such as a warning growl and/or a nip.
Many dogs don’t like any part of their heads touched and can become nervous or upset when someone pats them on top of the head. Head touching means a form of dominance and disrespect to a dog. Dogs whose ears have been clipped may be extremely sensitive to having them touched. Likewise dogs who are prone to ear infections.
Because of the shape of the dog’s ear canal, curvy, they can be difficult to keep clean. Of course if your dog shows any sign of pain, take him/her to the vet immediately.