Most dog owners have probably had their dog paw on their legs at some point. While some may dismiss this behavior as an annoyance, it is actually your dog’s attempt to bond with you. And it can suggest something very beautiful.
Your dog communicates with you through his paws, which he places gently or less gently on you. The scratching is a communication gesture, whether intentional or unintentional. The gesture is so endearing to most of us that we reinforce it by offering our paws in the form of additional petting.
While this act can be seen as a token of love, it can also be attributed to a variety of other emotions. Your dog may feel insecure and seek your attention, which is a sign that you should shower Fido with extra affection. It could also be that your dog expresses its desire to eat. There are a variety of wishes your dog can express with a simple touch of their paw. How can you tell what your dog is really saying? It all depends on the situation. Here are some general things they can usually mean when they grope you.
Your dog is scared
A paw on you could also indicate that your dog is anxious. A dog may become anxious and paw you for comfort when it hears thunder, has separation anxiety, thinks you are about to leave, or hears an unexpected knock on the door. Your dog’s paw position may be accompanied by labored breathing, a dropped tail, or discomfort. Verbal reassurances that everything is okay, petting, offering a special toy, and most importantly, realizing they need some comfort can help calm the anxiety.
Your dog wants to go outside
A puppy will try to keep you occupied by pawing, barking, wagging its tail, or grabbing a toy and dropping it in your lap when it needs to go outside for a pee break or playtime. The dog may eventually end up resting his head on your lap and staring at you if the paw doesn’t inspire you to go outside.
Your dog is hungry
Owners often respond to a paw by giving their dogs food — treats, leftovers, or feeding their dogs a meal. Food conveys affection in any language, and when owners aren’t sure why their dog is groping them excessively, a delicious treat is an easy and quick answer. However, this can unintentionally lead to the undesirable behavior of frequent paw tapping. Some dogs will prefer to bark for their meal rather than rest a paw on your lap, although this may not result in a food reward. When a dog understands that barking is not good, placing a paw on your body may be the next alternative technique to try.
Your dog wants attention
Some dogs are more independent and may never put their toes on you for a pet or for your attention. Other dogs are more needy and seek your touch, so they will do it again and again. As said earlier, scratching might just be a request for a large number of pets.
Don’t keep pushing your dog away; Instead, try to understand why they put their paws on you so you can form a stronger bond with them.