When you sit down, does your dog leap onto your lap? If that’s the case, you’re not alone!
Individual canines, like humans, have distinct personalities and interests. Some people like their own space, while others appear to have an insatiable need for physical touch. Many smaller breeds, such as Shih Tzu, and Maltese, have been developed specifically as “lapdogs” that like snuggling with their people. Even bigger dogs, such as Great Danes and Mastiffs, may feel compelled to fit themselves onto the sofa for a hug every now and again.
Why does my dog sit on me? Here are the nine reasons.
1. Dogs want your attention
When your dog wants some fun and attention, he may come to sit on you, perhaps carrying a toy or exposing his tummy. Dogs are friendly creatures that need demonstrations of affection from their owners. They can’t vocally beg for love since they aren’t humans, so this is their method of asking it. This is completely acceptable if your dog isn’t becoming too hostile (like snapping at you or barking excessively). If he does this often or whines, it may be time for you to spend extra time with him, giving him belly massages or playing tug-of-war. This will please him, and you will most likely like it as well.
It may do it because it’s boring. It may be that it isn’t receiving enough activity for its breed, which causes it to get boring. If it does it more when it hasn’t had much activity, this is more probable. In this instance, ensuring that it receives the appropriate amount of exercise might be beneficial. You may also try providing it with distractions like toys, bones, and dog puzzles.
3. To feel secure
When dogs are afraid or uncomfortable, they will seek comfort.
4. Dominance Assertion
When meeting a new dog, consider if the dog is attempting to establish authority by sitting on me. If you’ve just recruited a new dog to your pack, one of them may want to establish his dominance by sitting on you. Dogs frequently feel higher and more in control when they sit on humans. If your dog is barking or snarling at other dogs while sitting on your lap, it may be an indication that he is attempting to establish his authority. If the behaviour becomes more regular or violent, PetMD recommends speaking with your veterinarian about possible solutions. However, since it only happens once in a while for most dogs, there’s no reason to be concerned.
5. They are jealous
We need to look at the context to understand why a dog is sitting on us. Unfortunately, there are certain circumstances in which having a dog sit on us is not healthy. Fortunately, they are the exception rather than the rule. Dogs are pack animals that consider humans to be part of their group. This is, for the most part, very encouraging. The strength of the connection we may form with dogs is one of the reasons they make such excellent companion animals. There are occasions, though, when this may backfire. When a dog gets possessive, this occurs.
It’s conceivable that our dog feels envious if they come to sit on us when there are other dogs or humans nearby. They may be worried that the other party will divert our focus from them. They are declaring to others that we are their property by sitting on us. They also make it difficult for us to get up and get away from them.
Healthy dogs should not be possessive in this way. While it is wonderful that kids are so close to us, possessiveness is a symptom of insecurity, which we must avoid. You may learn how to accomplish this by reading our post on how to deal with a dog that is possessive of toys.
6. Breed Behavior:
Certain breeds of dogs, such as Boxer dogs and Great Danes, just pile up on one other by nature; in a way, these dogs are like townfolks, who have no qualms about intruding into other people’s affairs. It’s important to note that this is not the same as exerting dominance. They aren’t attempting to prove anything; they just like interfering in other people’s affairs. One of the ways your dog connects with you is by sitting on you or a member of your family. Before making any decisions, attempt to learn more about your dog’s breed from your trainer or veterinarian.
7. To play with you
Yes, your dog may just want to engage in some playtime with you. Especially when this seating arrangement is followed by rolling over you and maybe some funny noises.
Depending on the kind of connection you have with your dog, you may allow him or her to engage in some play fighting. It’s not necessary for everything about your dog to have a deep, complex significance. They just want to spend quality time with their pet parents. There’s nothing more to it. It’s also worth mentioning that your dog wants to sit or lie on you for no apparent reason. You must do it on your own terms, not at their request. Obviously, this can only be accomplished via Obedience training for our loving pets.
8. Dominance Assertion
Dogs make their authority known in a variety of ways. Some dogs will bark, snarl, and even become aggressive toward their owners. Many dog owners believe that their dog sitting on them is a sign of their strong connection, but they overlook the possibility that it is their dog’s method of asserting authority. Dogs do not change overnight, so be on the lookout for additional indications of your dog’s power over you.
9. Providing Convenience
Pets are able to detect if humans are pleased, worried, ill, or depressed. They can even detect our presence when we return home after a long day out. As a means of offering you comfort, dogs may cuddle up against you or sit on your lap. They can’t offer us tissues or back massages while we’re in pain, but they can share our happy and terrible moments with us and provide us with what they believe is comfort.
Dogs are really man’s lifelong best friends. Having a dog may teach you a lot about behavioural patterns as well as how to care for a living creature that has the same needs as you.
We hope that this article has shed some light on why your dog is sitting on you.