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Dominant or affectionate?

lately when Josie takes a nap she likes to place her head on my lap if i'm sitting on the floor.

Is it a dominant thing or a affectionate thing?. I read somewhere if a dog places their paw on your foot or resting against you it's dominance?.
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Sounds like a cute thing to me, Baya does this sometimes when shes feeling cuddly like after a long walk or play session.

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I say affectionate.

Specially as long as you are attending dog classes and doing the other normal management things that truly do prove we are the leaders in the family.




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it's affectionate and cute. i've heard people
call this behaviour "claiming". i love it when
my dog claims me.

my neighbor was here and our dog
turned his back to her and sat on her feet.
my neighbor thought he wanted some petting
so she gave it to him.<

when my dog jumps in bed with us
sometimes he'll lay his head across
either of our feet. <

when my GF is in bed alone our dog will lay
his head on her neck when she's on her side. <

sometimes my dog will give us his paw
when we're sitting around. <

sometimes when we walk past our dog
he'll stick out his paw. my GF thinks he's
saying he wants attention. i flat out think
he's trying to trip us. <
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I think people get way too caught up on the whole dominance thing. Many behaviors labeled at dominance are either rudeness or an untrained dog (or, just a dog being a dog).


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Mine do that too. They suck it up like water. I love it. I love when they show how affectionate they are. At least those are some friends you can rely on. They will never turn their back on you.
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Affection, and IMHO, a sign of bonding. To me, there is nothing quite like the power of touch. And, it's adorable.


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Affection, and IMHO, a sign of bonding. To me, there is nothing quite like the power of touch. And, it's adorable.
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I think people get way too caught up on the whole dominance thing. Many behaviors labeled at dominance are either rudeness or an untrained dog (or, just a dog being a dog).
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