Is a dog sitting on your feet dominance?

Answered by Ricardo McCardle

Is a dog sitting on your feet dominance?

As an expert in dog behavior, I can confidently say that a dog sitting on your feet is not a sign of dominance. In fact, it is quite the opposite. When a dog chooses to sit or lie on top of your feet, it is often a display of affection, comfort, and a desire to be close to you.

Dogs are pack animals by nature, and they form strong bonds with their owners. They see their owners as part of their “pack” and want to be near them at all times. Sitting or lying on your feet is a way for the dog to feel secure and connected to you. It is a sign of trust and a desire to be in your presence.

I have personally experienced this behavior with my own dog. Whenever I am standing or sitting, my dog will often come and rest his head or body on my feet. It is not a display of dominance, but rather a way for him to show his love and loyalty.

It is important to understand that dominance in dogs is not demonstrated through sitting or lying on your feet. Dominance behaviors in dogs can include things like growling, resource guarding, or trying to assert control over other dogs or people. These behaviors are not related to a dog simply wanting to be close to you.

It is also worth noting that dogs do not think in terms of dominance and submission like humans do. The idea of dominance in dog behavior has been widely misunderstood and misinterpreted. Dogs are more focused on forming social connections and maintaining harmony within their pack or family unit.

If your dog sits or lies on your feet, it is not an act of dominance. It is a loving gesture and a way for your dog to feel close to you. Embrace this behavior as a sign of the strong bond you share with your furry friend.