All dog parents know that some of the best time to spend with your pooch is snuggling up to each other after a long day. Whether big or small, many dogs are known to lie on their owners, but why is this?
There are a number of reasons why dogs lie on their owners. Some may do it to establish dominance or protection, whereas others just might like the feeling of a warm and comfortable human pillow.
Dogs evolved from some of the most well-known pack animals; wolves. Before wolves became dogs and pets, they would frequently lie against one another for warmth and security out in the wild. Plus, even puppies born in domesticated and undomesticated litters regularly cuddle close together as well, so it’s a habit most canines have from birth. Loyalty is an essential quality
Other than protection, dogs enjoy laying on their owners for the same reasons we enjoy giving hugs; too show affection and receive attention. Dogs who have a strong bond with their owners see them as members of their pack. Because of this, they wish to protect and bond with them, and since they can’t verbally communicate, lying on or near them is the next best thing to show their love and loyalty.
Though, don’t worry if your furry friend is not a fan of snuggling! Some dogs just simply have different instincts and preferences. There are many other ways to bond with your pet if they’re not a fan of snuggle sessions, such as going for walks, playing, or training together.
It’s important to note that lying on top of you might not always be to show affection, though. Some headstrong dogs tend to lay on top of their owners as a way to establish dominance over you. Speaking from personal experience, this can be a disruptive habit. To correct this, it’s important to quickly (but gently) remove the dog. But, in order for this to work, you must be consistent. Strong-willed dogs won’t listen to those who are not firm and swift in their actions. If repetitive action still doesn’t seem to solve the problem, consider reaching out to a trainer to get some tips and tricks to keep Fido from invading your personal space.
Overall, a dog lying on top of you is usually nothing to be concerned about. It’s a natural behavior seen in breeds of all sizes (even if they’re far too big to be considered a lapdog).