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Old 02-16-2011, 10:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Sitting on dogs, sometimes people.

My 1 year old female often backs up on my 3 year old male if he is on the floor and either sits on his head or places her rear by his face.

She will also straddle him if he is lying down.

Fortunately he is a very tolerant dog.

She sometimes does this if a person is on the floor.

Is this some form of dominance?

She doesn't exhibit any other dominant or aggressive behaviors with him.

I have to admit, it is funny to watch as she is 20-30 pounds smaller than he is.

Has anyone else observed this behavior?

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Old 02-16-2011, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Is she spayed? Females in heat will do this though some dogs just don't respect other's space well...I own one too,lol I'm not so sure that it's dominance though Zoe does it when she wants to play and we are relaxing, wants to be pet, or wants to lay where we or our other dog is at the time
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Yes, she is spayed.

Ha-ha, yes she isn't one to respect other's space.
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Niko will sometimes sit on Rosa when I am petting her. I think part of it is that he's not really as aware of his back end as he could be, and part of it is "Pet ME now Mommy!"

Rosa will sometimes stand over Niko. I think it's part of their play, because it leads to a fun game of bitey-face.

If I had to guess, I'd say they are both attention-getting behaviors.
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Several years ago, we had a friend with an obnoxious female boxer who would always sit on our male GSD's head. It was humiliating! She also tried to stare down another GSD we had and we put a quick stop to that. I like boxers well enough, but she was an unlikable dog. Who knew there was such a thing?
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Sounds like she just wants a place to sit.
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My male Golden will stand over my GSD. He is expressing his dominance.
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Sounds like she just wants a place to sit.
Ha-ha, I think this may be the correct answer.

I won't worry unless she sits on me.

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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My shepherd Maggie would sit on my feet all the time, always seemed to need to have a part of her touching me. Never thought it could be that comfortable with a foot/shoe under her butt, but that is what she liked. Not pushy or dominant, just wanted to be as close as possible. She was great in obedience and listened all of time. It just seemed that when she had her time, she enjoyed it most touching or watching me.
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My shepherd Maggie would sit on my feet all the time, always seemed to need to have a part of her touching me. Never thought it could be that comfortable with a foot/shoe under her butt, but that is what she liked. Not pushy or dominant, just wanted to be as close as possible. She was great in obedience and listened all of time. It just seemed that when she had her time, she enjoyed it most touching or watching me.
Sitting on feet or other dogs, people whatever the case is a sign of dominance. Anyway they can be on top of you or above you they can dominate you. I wouldn't allow them to do it on their own. Leaning is ok but sitting or stepping on is not. IMO
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