What Does It Mean When Your Dog Sits On Your Feet?

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Sits On Your Feet?

Have you ever wondered why your dog sometimes sits on your feet?

There can be several different reasons for this behavior and I bet if you ask 10 people you will probably get 10 different answers. 

One reason why dogs sit on their owner’s feet is to protect the owner. Yes, a dog that sits on your feet can be protecting you from other people and even other dogs. So if you have been seeing aggression in your dog and you also see it exhibiting this behavior hopefully this will give you some idea of what’s going on. it can be a sign of dominance so if you have been seeing other signs of dominance as well then this may be the reason for this behavior.

If your dog is sitting on your feet it can be a sign of dominance.  If you have been seeing other signs of dominance as well this may be the reason for this behavior.

I personally experienced this with my handsome boy Frisbee who suffers from fear aggression.  He isn't a particularly affectionate dog.  By that I mean he's loving but I wouldn't call him a lap dog by any means.  Every once in a while on the couch he might decide to lay across my lap but mostly he's happy just laying on the couch near me.

But to take it a step further every once in a while he would just flop down on top of me in bed.  Either across my stomach or sometimes right on my head.  This was usually preceded by him sitting up next to me and just staring down at me.  

Each time he did this it made me uncomfortable.  It was unusual behavior for him and I was very observant of his behavior due to his fear aggression issues.

Here are some pictures of Frisbee (and I apologize they aren't great but it was difficult to take them at the time) using trying to dominate me.

Frisbee doing the stare down prior to flopping himself on top of me.

And here he is flopped down on top of me, attempting to dominate me.

While this might look normal to most people, his dominance of me here and/or protection led to him going after our little Shih Tzu when she entered this room and even growling at my husband, who he loves dearly, when he walked into the room. We ended up not being to allow him in this room while I was meditating or reading my bible because for some reason, which we never could figure out, this area made him feel uncomfortable.

Just as I suspected and later confirmed with his trainer, he was trying to dominate me. He was showing me he was in control and not me.  And from what I've learned recently, this whole behavior and us letting it happened might be the entire reason for his fear aggression he struggles with now.

I will be sharing his latest journey with a new training/behavior modification method we've embarked on in our hopes to relieve him of his fear aggression and release us from the prison we are in as a result of this. 

If your dog is sitting on your feet it can be a sign of dominance.  If you have been seeing other signs of dominance as well this may be the reason for this behavior.

Now that we have aggression and dominance out of the way let’s talk about some oother possible reasons why your dog may sit on your feet. Is your dog the type of dog that always wants to be with you or touching you? Does your dog’s suffer from separation anxiety? These types of dogs quite often do this behavior in order to be close to you.

Is your dog the type of dog that always wants to be with you or touching you?  Does your dog’s suffer from separation anxiety? These types of dogs quite often do this behavior in order to be close to you.

So here’s a question for you. Do you enjoy this behavior? Or would you prefer that your dog did not do it?

Do you enjoy this behavior? Or would you prefer that your dog did not do it?

Or would you prefer that your dog did not do it?

If it doesn’t bother you I guess there is no reason to make your dog stop. However, if it annoys you or if your dog is doing it for protective reasons then this is something you will probably want to eliminate.

Eliminating the behavior is actually pretty easy. When your dog comes to sit on your feet simply push it away or you can move away as well while giving a verbal correction. If you will be consistent with the corrections you’ll find the behavior will go away quickly.

When your dog comes to sit on your feet simply push it away or you can move away as well while giving a verbal correction. If you are consistent with the corrections you’ll find the behavior will go away quickly.

Of course, some good obedience training will go a long way in helping to eliminate not only this bad habit but many other bad habits as well. Simply put, obedience training teaches your dog that you are the master and you don’t need to be protected.

There are many group obedience classes available and I always recommend that all dogs take an obedience class no matter what.  A trained dog is a happy dog.

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