Why do dogs rub their neck on you?

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Many believe it's instinctual behavior, harkening back to the days when your dog's wild ancestors would mask their scent to help them sneak up on their prey.

Wolves, for example, have been observed rolling in animal carcasses or the droppings of plant-eating animals, to cover up their own smell during the hunt.

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All dogs (and all living Canidae) have a ligament connecting the spinous process of their first thoracic (or chest) vertebra to the back of the axis bone (second cervical or neck bone), which supports the weight of the head without active muscle exertion, thus saving energy.

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Itchy or irritated skin is common in dogs and is usually the reason they scratch their necks.

Excessive scratching can cause the hair to fall off.

Veterinarian bills and prescriptions for itchy skin can be expensive, so before taking your dog to a vet, try some of these home remedies to stop the itching.

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Most dogs are comfortable being petted on the chest, the shoulders and the base of the neck. When petting these areas, reach in from the side, rather than moving your hand over the top of the dog's head.
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Shaped like a truncated cone, its purpose is to prevent the animal from biting or licking at its body or scratching at its head or neck while wounds or injuries heal.

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Traditional collars can harm a dog's neck if it pulls hard on the leash or if a pet owner uses the collar to pull the dog around.

Repeated stress on the neck can even lead to long-term medical issues—including damaging the thyroid glands and tissues around the neck area and salivary glands, she says.

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However, you can definitely give your dog raw turkey necks! Raw bones are safe to feed and have lots of great benefits for teeth and digestion.

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Many physical therapists will vouch that neck pain in dogs is one of the most painful conditions! Significant amount of pain is caused when the neck muscles are spasming.
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