yes "Most likely the dog wants your attention and you getting angry is just increasing the active submission appeasement behavior you are seeing as a paw lift, and maybe missing other subtle signals that go along with it. Active submission may also be identified as attention-seeking "
and if you get angry or frustrated the dog will be anxious and the behaviour increases . Often people encourage the "give a paw" behaviour and then get short fused when the dog keeps clobbering them .
You see this " the active submission appeasement behavior you are seeing as a paw lift" when you have pups in the 6 to 7 week age range , separated from their dam , who comes in for the visit and all the pups swarm her and try to sneak in a quick nurse . They meet her with this behaviour , a juvenile hold over , which blocks her from being harsh with them (they have teeth) -- . This is appeasement behaviour.
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