Many dog owners have the same question on their minds. Why does my dog stand on me? If you are one of them, now you will find out. As you already know (or at least should know) there are multiple reasons why this happens. Keep in mind that a dog won’t do this in order to show you that he is an alpha. This was an old theory that was debunked a while ago. They will do this due to many other reasons, all of which will be mentioned below.
Why Does My Dog Stand On Me? Main Reasons.
Your dog wants to cuddle
Why does my dog stand on me? He wants to cuddle. This is actually the first and the most common reason for them all. Your dog needs and wants attention from you so standing on you is the best way to get it. Dogs want to cuddle when they feel alone, when they are cold or when they just want attention. If he moves away after some cuddling, this is the reason. Don’t forget that he may do this if he wants to exercise, play, eat, or for some similar reason.
They know that you are not feeling great
Dogs can sense a lot of things and one of them is how you are feeling at the moment. For instance, if your blood pressure is elevated, if you have a fever or you just don’t feel great due to some other reason, he may stand on you.
Believe it or not, some mothers found out that they are pregnant thanks to a dog. He would stay on them or keep their head on their belly. This is more common than you may believe.
Your pet doesn’t feel well
There is a second part or better said second reason that is completely opposite to the previous one. Your dog doesn’t feel better. This can happen due to countless reasons. Some of the best examples are separation anxiety, cold, fear, or something else. In a nutshell, your pet doesn’t feel well and he may be sick. He will stay on top of you and stand there because he seeks help and attention. It is the same thing as when a person is sick so he will want to be as close as possible to another human.
It’s playing time
It is important to know that not all dogs will stand on you due to this reason. Dogs who stand on their owners in order to initiate playtime usually want to have a long and hard playing session. In the lack of a better word, this may look more like wrestling than actual playing. For some dogs, it is a much better idea to give them a ball than to play with them. They may look too aggressive.
What should you do?
This type of behavior may look great and appealing for some owners but not for all. In other terms, it may be annoying and many dog owners will want to eliminate it. If you want the same thing, here is what you can do.
- Decrease the time you spend with your dog
This is especially the case if you are dealing with puppies. If they are next to you all the time, you will simply have to decrease that time. In other words, control your affection. It can be used for adult dogs as well. Keep them in a separate room or leave them in a backyard. The goal is to spend less time with them and in return, you can expect that your pet will less likely want to stand on you. Yes, it can be difficult and even impossible in some cases but this is something you must do, period.
- Redirect him
This is actually the most common way people deal with this issue and the one that works well. All you have to do is to place a rug next to you (on the floor). The next time when a dog wants to stand on top of you, stand up, give him the command to lie down on the rub and not on you. Repeat this as many times as possible and you will see the result soon. Yes, you can use similar commands and similar situations to this one as long as the main idea is the same.
- Find him, friends
A socialized dog who spends a lot of time with other dogs is less likely to do this. It is a great idea to find him some friends so they can play or just spend time together. It works better than you think.
- Give your dog what he needs (wants)
If your pet does this because he is hungry or he wants to go outside, you will have to give him precisely that. Monitor the behavior. If he stops doing this once you fed him, this was the cause and you did the right thing. You will also want to investigate the matter more and see how you can understand your pet more. It is possible that he wants to play with you and not food. You should be able to tell the difference.
- Help him deal with stress
A dog will do this if he is stressed. As such, the best thing you can do is to try and decrease stress in their life. There are a lot of things that can cause stress. For instance, a horn or loud neighbor can do it. You should find a way to keep stress under control. Soon, your dog won’t have the need to stand on you all the time and this can be the easy fix.
Why does my dog stand on me and is there something I should do? Now you know all the reasons and yes, there are a few things you need to do. First of all, you need to know why your pet does this. Once you know the answer, you can react. You can eliminate this behavior and yes this is more possible than you may believe.
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