I can't tell if my 8 year old Beagle/Bassett enjoys being petted or not. To give context, she is generally a low-energy, calm girl (never barks, except when she's dreaming or smells something good outside!) and spends most of her time lazing around - so, I don't expect her to jump for joy when I pet her. When I pet her, she just, freezes. She will walk up to me, tail wagging, and I will bend down to pet her. When I start, she stops wagging her tail. She doesn't try to escape - she'll let me scritch her for minutes on end, and sometimes even seems to fall asleep a little. (Edit to clarify: That last bit is every time I pet her, not just when I bend over her.)
The only somewhat clear "no thank you" signal she gives off is, she sometimes slinks back a little bit if I try to pet the top of her head while I'm standing. But I've found that she doesn't do so when I pet her under the chin or on her behind. Or, when I'm sitting on the floor and she comes over to me. I just wonder why her excitement seems to go away when I pet her, and if she really just tolerates it but doesn't really enjoy it.
I'm just wondering, does anyone else have a weirdo dog like this?