Why Do Dogs Sit On Your Feet?

Have you ever wondered why your furry friend sits or comfortably snuggles on your feet? According to experts, the reasons may vary!

Sure, most pet parents are already accustomed to having or seeing their pet greet them after a hard day’s work, with their tails wagging and their energetic body language upfront and ready. But some of you may also be wondering why such type of behavior occurs. Could it be their fondness for physical contact? Is your dog trying to tell you something? Are they in need of food? Or treats?

We’re more than glad you asked!

For this feature, we are going to discuss some of the reasons why dogs sit on your feet.

Let’s get right into it!

Dog sleeping on the floor

Understanding Your Pet

Normally, we as pet parents take such behavior as a result of our dog’s separation anxiety, or their need for physical contact. Now while such assumptions may be correct, there are also other factors you need to take into consideration.

Because dogs form a strong form of bond with their owners, it’s easy to be confused with their intentions. Dogs with separation anxiety can of course be extra clingy, but in some cases, dogs tend to lay on your feet simply to show their love and affection. Just like how you would sit next to your favorite person, dogs tend to have the same tendency. It gives them a sense of comfort and security being around you.

Another potential reason is the natural pack mentality. With dogs being social and pack animals, they are accustomed to being in a pack, and sitting on your feet may give them certain feelings of safety and security as well.

Additionally, dogs also love feeling warm whenever they are sitting or cuddling at your feet.

Lastly, you may also want to consider that your dog simply wants to guard you and be all territorial and protective. Sure, you have your daily walks and exercise. However, this is one of the more obvious reasons, as our four-legged friends are known lovers of companionship. To them, your feet may be a safe haven or even a chance for them to be intact with their feeling of belonging to a pack, such as what is built and instilled in their instinct or DNA.

The Wrap Up: Should I Be Worried?

The simple answer is no! A dog’s clinginess or tendency to be around you all the time should not necessarily cause any sort of panic or alarm. Your dog being that close to you simply shows that he trusts you and that he shows his love and affection by being around you all the time. You can try reciprocating the gesture by giving your dog a nice, warm rub, or a simple treat.

We hope this feature was able to help out with your questions regarding your dog’s behavior. At the end of the day, it’s best to pay your trusted veterinarian a visit whenever you start to notice unfamiliar or strange behavior from your dog.

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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