I can’t stop giving my dog LUG the thumbs up. A single, way-too-energetic, extended right thumb.
Every time I walk by him it happens without even thinking about it. I look like an overzealous and totally unnecessary boss. “Keep up the good work, there’s pizza in the breakroom!!!”
I think he gets it is the thing.
Like my hand making this shape lets him know he’s all good and can stay napping until the next meal or snack — soon to be signaled by a classic double leg pat.