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’re probably get 10 different answers.  In this article will discuss some of the reasons.

One of the things that quite often is a 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.

Protecting you isn’t the only reasons that a dog might sit on your feet.  There are a bunch of other reason as well.  Sometimes 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.

Well now that we have gotten aggression and dominance out-of-the-way let’s talk about some of the other 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.

So here’s a question for you.  Do you enjoy this behavior?  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 on the other hand if it annoys you or if your dog is doing it for protective reasons then this is something that 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.

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.


Getting involved in a group obedience class or private lessons can make a tremendous difference in your dog’s attitude and your relationship with the dog.  Remember my old saying that “a trained dog is a happy dog.”

Mark Mansfield

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