The belly rubs that we give to our pets are fun and adorable, but there's more to it than that. When an animal presents its belly to you, it represents a sign of submissiveness or trust. Depending on your relationship with a dog, showing their tummy either means that they trust you and want a belly rub, or that they're submitting to you (in which case you should approach them in a friendly but respectful manner). Cats usually show their bellies as a defensive gesture, so most will only tolerate a brief belly rub before attacking.

If you've got an adorable picture of a belly rub, please share it with us below!

#1

This Guy Loves Belly Rub

This Guy Loves Belly Rub

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JPolaczyk 4 years ago

I'm sure it suffers unspoken torment, but that's how it express it :D

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#2

She Fell Over With That Face The Moment I Started Rubbing Her Belly

She Fell Over With That Face The Moment I Started Rubbing Her Belly

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TiffanySims 4 years ago

Adorable

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#3

Baby Lamb Belly Rub

Baby Lamb Belly Rub

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LizCarroll 4 years ago

That's a goat

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#4

Baby Fox Getting A Belly Rub

Baby Fox Getting A Belly Rub

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AndersMagrioteli 4 years ago

My God! Sweetest ever.

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#5

Apparently, Any Cat Loves A Good Belly Rub

Apparently, Any Cat Loves A Good Belly Rub

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HollyWoods 4 years ago

Umm, no!

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#6

The Face Of A Belly-rub In Progress

The Face Of A Belly-rub In Progress

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MartinaZbinden 4 years ago

Is that Dug from UP? :D

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#7

Bart The Bear And His Trainer Doug Seus

Bart The Bear And His Trainer Doug Seus

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HollyWoods 4 years ago

Isn't that Grizzly Adams?

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#8

Shark Looks Like A Dog Enjoying A Belly Rub

Shark Looks Like A Dog Enjoying A Belly Rub

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Marie-FranceLehoux 4 years ago

Woah! The shark one is sooooo cool!

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#9

Fox Gets A Belly Rub

Fox Gets A Belly Rub

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IoanaCristina 4 years ago

RonRon <3

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#10

Hedgehog Gets A Belly Rub

Hedgehog Gets A Belly Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

Tickling their "skirts" gently when curled up relaxes them enough to uncurl incase you need to check for injuries

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#11

One More Belly Rub May Result In A Hand Attack, But For Now, Simon Is Giving Out Hugs And Kisses

One More Belly Rub May Result In A Hand Attack, But For Now, Simon Is Giving Out Hugs And Kisses

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Rism 4 years ago

I want that hug, nice kitty :3

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#12

Sloth Getting A Belly Rub Like A Boss

Sloth Getting A Belly Rub Like A Boss

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TiffanySims 4 years ago

I love their smiles. I love sloths

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#13

My Dog's Face Every Time I Rub Her Belly

My Dog's Face Every Time I Rub Her Belly

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MelissaApple 4 years ago

LoBe this one ❤️

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#14

Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

Pet Rat Loves Belly Rubs

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RoxanneHughes 4 years ago

My rat would flop over next to my hand so I would rub is belly. It's a sign of great trust for them...opening up their most vulnerable spot.

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#15

Douglas The Wombat Really Loves Belly Rubs

Douglas The Wombat Really Loves Belly Rubs

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CelineWhite 4 years ago

Wombats are super cute!

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#16

Otter Gets A Luxurious Belly Rub

Otter Gets A Luxurious Belly Rub

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KittineMoreno 4 years ago

So otterly cute! ;)

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#17

Who Doesn't Love A Good Belly Rub?

Who Doesn't Love A Good Belly Rub?

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SamanthaSierra 4 years ago

this may or may not become a new meme

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#18

My Cat Smiles Like Crazy When You Rub Her Belly

My Cat Smiles Like Crazy When You Rub Her Belly

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ZoeKass 4 years ago

That's her armpit though..

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#19

Rolling In The Grass And Getting A Belly Rub Is Just Too Much - Look At This Smile

Rolling In The Grass And Getting A Belly Rub Is Just Too Much - Look At This Smile

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

Have you seen my other ear? I know I put it around here somewhere but they keep making out I'm going crazy

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#20

Pixie Enjoying A Belly Rub

Pixie Enjoying A Belly Rub

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BoBSikes 4 years ago

<3 pugs :D

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#21

I Bet You Didn't Know You Needed This Adorableness In Your Life Until Now

I Bet You Didn't Know You Needed This Adorableness In Your Life Until Now

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CherieDugger 4 years ago

I love Samoyeds

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#22

My Dog Every Time He Gets A Belly Rub

My Dog Every Time He Gets A Belly Rub

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MoniqueChampagne 4 years ago

Little bit unnerving lol

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#23

The Belly Rub Face

The Belly Rub Face

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Rism 4 years ago

"Ahhh, total bliss"

#24

Lion Cub Cuddles

Lion Cub Cuddles

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#25

Belly Rub Bliss

Belly Rub Bliss

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#26

Toby Gets A Belly Rub

Toby Gets A Belly Rub

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#27

That Tickles

That Tickles

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JulieAtwood 4 years ago

That kitten is about to attack

#28

Fox Getting Her Belly Rubbed

Fox Getting Her Belly Rubbed

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#29

Warm Sun + Belly Rub = Corgi Heaven

Warm Sun + Belly Rub = Corgi Heaven

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stanleyscout 3 years ago

They don't require much!

#30

Cat Enjoying Belly Rub

Cat Enjoying Belly Rub

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#31

The Joy Of The Belly Rub

The Joy Of The Belly Rub

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#32

Homeless Dog Waiting For Love

Homeless Dog Waiting For Love

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NicolaWarner 4 years ago

This makes me sad!! :( Someone stop and show him some love!!

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#33

Lilly From An Animal Shelter In Germany ( Tierheim Laage) Smiles When You Rub Her Belly

Lilly From An Animal Shelter In Germany ( Tierheim Laage) Smiles When You Rub Her Belly

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HarmonyRose 4 years ago

Lilly should come live with me and my little D in Alaska!! <3 sweet shelter pup!!

#34

Merlin Enjoying A Good Old Belly Rub

Merlin Enjoying A Good Old Belly Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

But I don't want to get up its Saturday

#35

Oh, Hi There!

Oh, Hi There!

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

"Do you mind, this is a private moment"

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#36

Loki Looking For Belly Rubs

Loki Looking For Belly Rubs

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PatrickStoddard 4 years ago

What breed of dog is this? It kind of looks like a Chinese Mastiff

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#37

I'm Getting A Relaxing Belly Rub And Someone Suddenly Shows Up With Pizza

I'm Getting A Relaxing Belly Rub And Someone Suddenly Shows Up With Pizza

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#38

Oreo Bunny Is Getting A Belly Rub

Oreo Bunny Is Getting A Belly Rub

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CarolinevanHouwelingen 4 years ago

Bunnies don't like to be laid on their backs. The reason they stay quiet is because they kinda fake death.

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#39

Belly Rubs

Belly Rubs

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

What do you mean I look funny upside down?

#40

All In!

All In!

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

Now that is a dog that is in absolute heaven

#41

Belly Rubs

Belly Rubs

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#42

Seth Loves To Have His Belly Rubbed

Seth Loves To Have His Belly Rubbed

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#43

Enjoying His Tummy Rub

Enjoying His Tummy Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

I'm exhausted from walking, my legs are tiny & I'm laying here waiting to be carried but everyone thinks I want a tickle!

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#44

It's Monday! Pet Me!

It's Monday! Pet Me!

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

"I think I've had too much cat nip & milk"

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#45

Joy = Laying Under A Tree + Tennis Ball In Mouth + Belly Rub

Joy = Laying Under A Tree + Tennis Ball In Mouth + Belly Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

"You can tickle me all you want but I'm not giving you back the ball!"

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#46

Belly Rubs

Belly Rubs

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#47

Ming Begging For A Belly Rub.

Ming Begging For A Belly Rub.

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DanielNguyen 4 years ago

Give me rubs...or I KILL you :()

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#48

My Beauty Homeless Dog, Arpalette

My Beauty Homeless Dog, Arpalette

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#49

Sometimes You Fall Asleep Mid Tummy Rub

Sometimes You Fall Asleep Mid Tummy Rub

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JulieAtwood 4 years ago

My Vizsla looks just like this when you rub her tummy

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#50

Bella Enjoys A Belly Rub

Bella Enjoys A Belly Rub

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#51

My Dog's Favorite Thing... A Belly Rub

My Dog's Favorite Thing... A Belly Rub

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#52

I Love Belly Rubs

I Love Belly Rubs

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#53

That Madness In His Eyes

That Madness In His Eyes

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#54

Alice Does Love Her Tummy Rubs

Alice Does Love Her Tummy Rubs

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

what a happy pup

#55

Cute Puppy Need To Belly Rubs

Cute Puppy Need To Belly Rubs

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

so adorable

#56

Doxies Are Belly Masters

Doxies Are Belly Masters

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earringnut 4 years ago

just curious: puppy mill rescue or new mom?

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#57

Belly Rub Face

Belly Rub Face

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#58

I Don't Like The Vet But When I Go I Demand Belly Rubs From Doc!

I Don't Like The Vet But When I Go I Demand Belly Rubs From Doc!

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

Oh my gosh so darn cute. And smart dog.

#59

Enjoying A Belly Rub

Enjoying A Belly Rub

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

Oh my gosh! that is so cute

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#60

Belly Rub

Belly Rub

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LeanneNotacooper 4 years ago

Quickest way to clear dust off your floor the all new doggy duster!

#61

Zip Tie Loves Belly Rubs More Than Anything

Zip Tie Loves Belly Rubs More Than Anything

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TammyChapman 4 years ago

Talk about relaxed.

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#62

Please????

Please????

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

what a beautiful adorable dog

#63

She Loves Her Belly Rub!

She Loves Her Belly Rub!

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#64

Belly Rub In The Grass

Belly Rub In The Grass

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#65

Belly-rub Zeus

Belly-rub Zeus

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#66

She Loves Her Chest Rubbed

She Loves Her Chest Rubbed

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#67

Belly Rub Happiness!

Belly Rub Happiness!

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#68

Belly!! Now!!

Belly!! Now!!

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

too funny

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#69

More Sweet Belly Rubs, He Is As Happy As Can Be

More Sweet Belly Rubs, He Is As Happy As Can Be

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

such a grin!

#70

Sasha And Misha Waiting For Their Belly Rubs

Sasha And Misha Waiting For Their Belly Rubs

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TammyChapman 4 years ago

Adorable.

#71

#21 Maza Gets A Belly Rub :d

#21 Maza Gets A Belly Rub :d

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#72

Chispita Sacando Su Lengua De La Emoción.

Chispita Sacando Su Lengua De La Emoción.

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#73

This Is How I Beg For Belly Rubs In 3...2...1...

This Is How I Beg For Belly Rubs In 3...2...1...

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

so cute

#74

A Good Belly Rub To Fall Asleep :)

A Good Belly Rub To Fall Asleep :)

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#75

She Loves The Belly Rubs

She Loves The Belly Rubs

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JulieAtwood 4 years ago

Are you sure????

#76

Olive "assuming The Position"

Olive "assuming The Position"

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#77

Mr. Bivens Just Chillin'

Mr. Bivens Just Chillin'

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#78

❤️

❤️

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AmyBattenYampanis 4 years ago

"Yeah, that is the spot"

#79

It's Monday... Pet Me...

It's Monday... Pet Me...

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#80

Begging For A Belly Rub.

Begging For A Belly Rub.

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ScualeSthillier 4 years ago

What about the meerkat ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Bo2FcrKtUA

#81

Mochi Fell Asleep After Her Belly Rub

Mochi Fell Asleep After Her Belly Rub

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#82

Waiting....!

Waiting....!

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#83

Pip Overcome By Belly Rub

Pip Overcome By Belly Rub

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#84

Asking For Belly Rub

Asking For Belly Rub

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#85

Rub, Rub, Rub... And She Goes Like This.

Rub, Rub, Rub... And She Goes Like This.

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#86

Tama's Favourite Sleeping Position. Always Ready For A Belly Rub!

Tama's Favourite Sleeping Position. Always Ready For A Belly Rub!