please check my answer thanks
What benefit does an adult dog gain from being petted with long smooth strokes ?
1. The dog grows to be larger
2. The dog learns to be more dominant
3. The petting makes the dog physically stronger
4 The petting reduces stress
I pick #4
dog behavior - SraJMcGin, Monday, March 31, 2008 at 8:16pm
Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Having had nothing but rescue dogs for years, I also vote for #4!