Click here to learn more.
Is your dog a leaner? It’s a common enough issue. Most serial dog owners are likely to have lived with one at some point.
But it’s not just leaning. It’s also standing on your feet, hugging your legs during a walk, and sleeping with the maximum amount of shared surface area in contact.
Some authorities would have you believe your dog is trying to dominate you with her weight. Others might say you’re being manipulated by a poorly socialized, misbehaving suck-up who knows how to push your buttons. But the truth is something else.
In most cases this is affection-seeking behavior, plain and simple. Dogs love to cuddle. And if the person you want to cuddle with is always sitting and standing, then cuddling takes the form of leaning on her or sitting on her shoes as she taps away at the keyboard.
Add that to the fact that dogs –– pack animals that they are –– are fond of close contact as a safety measure, and you’ve got a great rationale for your dog’s lean-on-a-leg approach to life.
More on Vetstreet.com:
* Why Does My Dog... Eat Poop?
* 13 Largest Dog Breeds: Towering and Commanding
* 5 Dog Breeds That Are Sadly Losing Popularity
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank You For Signing Up
for the Petwire newsletter, sending you all the pet news each week directly to your inbox.
Get the latest pet news, tips, tricks, and expert advice sent right to your inbox!
Bo and Sunny are featured in the pop-up holiday card from the White House that arrived in mailboxes this week.
A calm space will keep your animal from reacting to the stress of holiday guests with bad or even dangerous…
Pet food recalls due to salmonella are on the rise. Dr. Tina Wismer shares what precautions pet owners should take.
Most of us only think about insects when they're bugging us. But the truth is, they keep our natural world…
Take a peek at what Santa's reindeer are doing when they're not flying with the big guy on Christmas Eve.
Dr. Andy Roark has a message for those thinking about “blessing” unsuspecting souls with a surprise pet:…
The Siberian Husky has been popular ever since a team of these dogs delivered lifesaving medicine to Nome, Alaska.
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.