Why Does My Dog Sit on Me?
I’m not dog-sitting for the first time, but I have to admit that there’s one question that has me stumped. My dog sits on me while I’m trying to sleep. It doesn’t matter where I am: my bed, a couch, or even outside on the ground – my dog will find a way to sit on top of me and fall asleep. Why does this happen? And what can I do about it?
What should I do if my dog sits on me?
First, it’s important to understand why your dog is sitting on you. Sitting on people may be a way for dogs to assert dominance over them or show that they feel threatened by the person laying down. It could also be because of anxiety or separation issues with their owner – if this is the case then it might not happen all of the time but rather when their dog senses they are about to leave and takes comfort in being close to them while they can still smell them.
If your dog sits on top of you as a result of anxiety or separation from an owner, try spending more one-on-one time together so that he doesn’t feel anxious during times where he usually feels like his owner is gone.
If your dog sits on top of you as a sign that he wants to assert dominance over you, then it might be time to re-educate him and teach him not to sit on people in general. This could involve commands like “sit” or “off,” but one thing I found helpful was simply turning my dog around so his butt faces me instead of sitting up while holding onto the scruff of their neck until they relax down onto all fours.
How to stop your dog from sitting on you
This dog behavior is often seen as a sign of dominance, but you will want to take into account other possible reasons for their actions including anxiety or separation issues with the owner. Here are some steps that can help fix this issue:
- Spend more one-on-one time together so your dog doesn’t feel anxious during times where he usually feels like his owner is gone
- Use things like blankets and pillows under them when laying down if they’re sitting because they don’t know how big they are
- If it’s happening at night while sleeping then try spending some time with your dog during the day and teach him to associate being near you as something good rather than a scary event – many canines respond well to treats, so give that a go!
Dog behavior – why does my pet sit on people, furniture
Never force an animal into any situation where he feels uncomfortable- even if those feelings are simply negative emotions stemming from their own anxiety. Leaving him in his bed (or another comfortable location) will help him learn that he is safe and secure.
Sitting may be because they are worried or feel threatened by someone lying down near them; like when their owner leaves home without them or if they suffer from anxiety. In these cases it may not happen all the time, but when they dog senses they are about to leave and takes comfort in being close to them while they can still smell their owner’s scent on them.
If your dog sits on top of you as a result of separation or anxious feelings around an owner then try spending more one-on-one time together so he doesn’t feel like his owners gone for long periods. If this is due to dominance, it might be worth re-educating him and teaching him not to sit on people at all – which could involve commands such as “sit” or “off,” but I find that turning my dog’s backside towards me.