I thought she hated it here and wondered if maybe another home (specifically one without a pushy Badger) would be better for her. Much to my relief, after about 2 months, she seemed much happier.
However, she developed a rather confusing behavior. When I was petting her, she would roll over on her back, which is Badger's signature "I want a belly rub" pose.
|Badger probably thinks we're his servants|
When I proceeded to give Mushroom a belly rub, though, she would bite my hand gently. It was and remains the only time Mushroom has ever been mouthy (not counting when she's really fixated on a toy).
With some trial and error, I think I've figured out what she wants when she assumes the belly rub position. Mushroom wants a belly rub, but she also prefers for her "udders" to be left alone. Since she's small, and that doesn't leave much room for actual belly rubs, I usually end up just petting her side. But she seems happy, and I haven't been bitten in a while.
|After careful deliberation, Mushroom decides she wants a belly rub|
Did you adopt a female dog who's had a litter?
How do you navigate belly rubs without being udderly awkward?