Do you have a dog that just likes to climb all over you?
It can be cute and adorable when you have a small dog, but when your dog is big enough to knock you over, this can end up being just a little bit problematic.
The behaviors of dogs can be difficult to understand at times, but there are reasons behind the ways that our beloved companions act.
So, then what is the reason why dogs like to stand over their owners? Today, we’re going to explore the answer to this question.
Your Dog Stands on You
This can be tough to deal with if you have a larger dog, and it could be confusing to you as the owner as well.
You want to be able to understand what it is that your dog wants, but it is not very easy to figure out at all.
The truth is some dogs will stand over their owners as an act of dominance. This is your dog’s way of telling you that he is the one in charge. Not you.
Your dog believes they are the leader, and they are showing you that they are the dominant one rather than you.
This act of dominance is not always what dogs are trying to show you, though. In fact, your dog may just be seeking attention from you.
Maybe he feels as though you did not play with him enough. Or maybe he just really wants pets in that moment.
Either way, your pet is seeking your attention in the best way that he knows how, essentially keeping you in one place and making sure you know that he is there.
One other option could be that your dog is being protective over you. Your dog may be feeling as though you are in danger.
By standing over you, your dog is making sure that any nearby threats know that you are under his protection.
Dogs are extremely loyal, and they want to make sure their owners are safe.
Which Behavior Is Your Dog Showing?
This is a tough question, but the best way to figure out why your dog is standing on you would be to look at other behaviors that may key into your dog’s intentions.
If your dog is acting dominant over you constantly, it could be that your dog is being dominant in this action.
Similarly, if your dog is seeking attention from you, they may show other signs of wanting you to love on them.
There are also signs that can show when your dog is being protective.
What are these signs? What should you be looking for?
If your dog is being dominant, there are other behaviors that you can look for. Let us go over a few of these behaviors.
One of these is refusing to obey commands that they know.
Let us say you trained your dog to sit. Your dog knows how to sit, and he knows the command for sit.
However, when you tell him to sit, he just will not sit down. Even though your dog knows the command, following through with it when asked is an entirely different story.
This could be a sign that your dog is showing dominance over you by not listening to your commands.
Another sign of dominance in dogs would be eye contact. Does your dog stare you down sometimes?
In the dog world, eye contact is a sign of dominance. Submissive dogs will do all that they can to avoid eye contact.
They will lower their heads or look away. This is a sign of respect. If your dog gives you eye contact all of the time, your dog is trying to show that he is dominant over you.
What other behaviors could key into your dog’s intentions of sitting on you?
Maybe your dog is not dominant. Other than this one behavior, he does not really show any signs of being a dominant dog.
So, what about affection? Could it be that your dog is just craving affection in that moment and is standing on you to get this?
Now, this is going to get confusing. Eye contact is a sign of affection.
Isn’t that a sign of dominance? Well, yes, but it is a different kind of eye contact.
When dogs make eye contact with people, it can release oxytocin in the brain.
Oxytocin is essentially what can be called a ‘happy hormone’, and both humans and dogs alike love it.
If you do not feel like your dog is trying to stare you down to win, like in a staring contest, it is likely that he is just being affectionate.
This may seem like a more obvious sign of affection, but your dog may also lick you. To dogs, licking is a sign of affection.
It is a way for your dog to tell you that he loves you, and maybe he wants you to give him some love by petting him or playing with him too.
Finally, we know that your dog standing on you could be a sign of them being protective.
Maybe there was a scary noise in the distance, or maybe the squirrel in your backyard just seems really menacing.
Either way, your dog could be trying to make sure that you are completely safe.
Just to be sure, let us look at some other signs that your dog could just be trying to protect you.
If your dog is protective, he may want to be around you all the time.
He wants to make sure he is nearby in case he needs to be there for you.
He may also try to get between you and people or things that he perceives as being potentially threatening.
The best way to know if your dog is protective is to just pay attention to him.
When a dog is being protective, they will often relax and calm back down once they realize you are not actually in any danger.
Your dog loves you and wants you to be safe.
Why Does My Dog Stand on Me? Stopping This Behavior
Now that we know the reason why your dog is behaving this way; we can figure out ways to get your dog to stop standing on you.
Of course, the options for getting this behavior to change will differ depending on the reason as to why your dog is standing on you.
After all, if your dog is being protective of you, the steps you can take will not be the same as the steps for an affectionate dog.
Your dog is being dominant to you. He shows dominate behaviors which key into the option that standing on you could just be yet another way for him to show you that he is the leader over you.
The best thing you can do to stop this behavior would be to make sure your dog knows that he is not the dominate one.
As his owner, you are the leader over him. If you want to show your dog that he is not the dominate one in the household, you will want to train him.
Some people will take their dogs to trainers so that they can have a more specialized technique towards curbing any dominant behavior coming from their dog.
Your dog could also just be affectionate. While this is not a bad thing, you do not want your dog to think it is okay to stand on just anyone.
Your dog may be able to stand on you, but a larger dog may hurt someone without meaning to.
If you want your dog to ask for affection in other ways, you first must stop rewarding him with affection when this behavior occurs.
You may want to just give your dog love, but this will only encourage him to stand on you whenever he wants affection.
Consider giving your dog more affection throughout the day so that he does not feel the need to ask for more.
In the case that your dog is being protective, you need to make sure he knows you do not need him to protect you.
This can be done by ignoring his behavior. Make sure he cannot stand on you in situations where he may want to protect you.
It is not a bad thing if your dog is protective, but you may also refer to a training specialist for more ways to teach your dog how to behave.
I hope that this article has been able to give you some more insight into the reasons as to why your dog could be wanting to stand on you.
There are many reasons why your dog may behave a certain way, and it can be confusing to people who do not fully understand dog language.
Nevertheless, there are many behaviors we can look at to help us understand our dog’s intentions.
And luckily, a little bit of training can help with getting your dog to stop standing on you if it’s a behavior that you’re not fond of.