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Fido just can’t help himself. Each time you scratch that sweet spot on his belly, his hind leg starts kicking like crazy–but why?

Ultimately, it’s all about self-preservation.

“Dogs kick when we scratch their belly because it’s an involuntary reflex,” Dr. Marc Bekoff, a canine expert based in Boulder, Colorado, and author of the book “Why Dogs Hump and Bees Get Depressed,” told The Huffington Post in an email.

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WHY DOGS KICK

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