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May 16, 2014

On toting the dog while dining al fresco

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A: Yes, you’re right. Rolling over belly up is a sign of submission for a dog. This is a canine’s way of letting it all hang out. The dog exposes its vulnerable underbelly and privates for the whole world to see — and is supremely comfortable doing so. With its tummy in the air, dog is home, so to speak, and doesn’t have to keep watch for nasty predators looking to steal food or family. Dogs roll up not only to sleep to but to receive belly rubs, which, with squeaky toys, tennis balls and chicken treats, are the greatest pleasures we humans can bestow.

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