Dogs have lots of non-verbal ways of communicating with us, such as the use of their paws to get a message across to their owner or other animals. A dog’s paws are much more than just the part of their body they use to walk on.
They also use them for their very own unique language. As a dog lover, it is our duty to try to understand this method of communication.
How Dogs Use Their Paws to Communicate
It’s among the sweetest forms of interaction your dog possesses, and it’s called pawing. Does this sound familiar? Our dogs are a lot like young children. When they feel the need for attention, they look for it.
Because verbally talking to you is not possible, dogs use their paws in order to get a message across. This straightforward body language is their way of saying “I need your attention.” However, it can also mean they may be feeling insecure about something.
Why do dogs put their paw on you?
Below we list the main reasons why a dog will put his paws on you…
They want your attention
Dogs really enjoy human company. We’ve bred them to be reliant on us for everything – which includes social interaction and fun. Dogs are not shy about letting us know when they are feeling neglected.
For instance, dogs tend to put their paws on their owner when they need to say something. It’s like a gentle reminder to say ‘hi, I’m here and need something’
As sensible dog owners, we ought to ensure their needs are met. More than likely this behavior has been reinforced in the past – perhaps intentionally (reacting by playing with the dog) or maybe unintentionally (providing eye contact or laughing).
He wants food
If meal-time is near or if you are eating, your pet could paw at you to attract your attention to the fact that they are hungry and want some of what you have. A pawing accompanied by a hopeful stare can be a clear sign that your dog is asking for food.
He is sorry
If you ever had to reprimand your dog or place them in time out for bad behavior, the reprimand can often be followed by some kind of apology. There could be suddenly remorseful behavior or even calmly putting a paw on your leg or lap right after the scolding.
They’re trying to say “I’m really sorry” in their own way. Canines follow their intuition and may become bold when temptations are too much. They know when they have misbehaved by reading your body language and listening to the tone of your voice.
It’s hard to withstand that plaintive look accompanying a gentle paw placed on your leg. They’re asking for reassurance whenever they paw you after they have been bold.
Your dog might be in pain
When your dog can’t manage to get comfortable, even if you give him affection, he might be experiencing pain. For example, he might have sore paws or an ear infection If this type of behavior is recurrent or continues for long, you ought to have your dog checked by your vet to eliminate medical causes.
The dog might want to play
Dogs regularly initiate play by pawing at the person they want to play. This is done with people, as well as other dogs, and even other animals.
How to Stop a Dog Putting Paws on You
You can stop your pet from continuously pawing by enrolling the dog in an obedience class. This can not only help develop your training and communication skills but most importantly, it can teach your dog a very good degree of self-control.
The aim is to have him concentrate on a certain subject amidst all kinds of distractions which can be successfully accomplished in group classes. Should you get him to do that, he is going to be able to pretty much do anything.
It’s vital that you work both with his body and brain to ensure that he’s kept busy throughout the day.
So, Why Does My Dog Put His Paw On Me?
Overall, there are many reasons why a dog is trying to communicate by using his paws.
- He would like to play
- He is interested in what you’re doing
- He wants someone to pet him
- He is showing sympathy
- He would like to comfort you or is looking to apologize
- He’s inquisitive about something
- He wants your help
Although some of these explanations are sensitive by nature, there will always be better forms of communication that our dogs can practice to get our attention.
Become familiar with your much-loved companion’s eccentricities, and help them to exercise better ways to get the attention which they are looking for!