If your dog is sitting a lot on your lap, you may wonder why and what you can do about it. This article shows why dogs do it and what they can do about it. So why is my dog sitting on my lap? The conceivable reason is that it wants to pay attention, has affection, is waiting for something from you, it is protected or encouraged to do it by rewarding the action.There are many possible causes, so each can help you think about a more likely cause. Once you understand the most likely cause, it should be easier to understand what to do about it.
Why Your Dog Sits On Your Lap
Below are the common reasons why dogs do it and why they are more likely.
it wants to pay attention
The reason your dog is sitting on your lap to come, it may be looking for attention. This is more likely if you tend to pay attention when you’re sitting on your knees and tend to pay more attention when you’re not paying too much attention. If you want to stop it, it will help you to avoid paying attention when you do it and train to sit somewhere else.
The cause may also be that it has some separation anxiety. As you know when you leave, it might be sitting on your lap. This is usually the same time you leave home and tend to do more around the same time, and you’re more likely to be anxious when you leave. In this case, it helps to reduce the reason for uneasiness such as feeding, exercising, and going out by peeing.
You might want to do it because it is protected. This is more likely if you tend to do it more when others are around and tend to overprotect around others.
Maybe if you learned to get the reward for doing it. If you tend to give toys, sweets, extra attention, etc., you are more likely to do more to get paid more when you’re sitting on your knees. Instead, it rewards you when you sit where you want it, and helps you try to redirect you to sit somewhere else when you’re about to sit on your knees.
it’s waiting for something
Maybe the reason it does is because you want something to walk or feed, and you’re waiting to see when to give it. This is more likely if you tend to do more at the same time you normally walk or feed.
it wants something from you
The cause may be that you want something from you, such as food. This would be more likely if you tend to do it in situations like you are eating. To prevent this, avoid giving food while eating and help not learn to be rewarded by bothering you when you have food.
Things to consider
Below are some things to consider to understand why it is most likely to have done it.
What else happened when you first started?
It helps to think about when you first started sitting on your knees. What could have happened is that it rewarded it when it did it once, you stopped paying so much attention to it or stopped getting a lot of walks.
What’s the difference when you do it?
The timing it does may also give you some clues. If you do it when you usually walk through it, it may be that you are going to get up to walk it. On the other hand, if you do it when you don’t pay much attention to it, it might be doing it because you’re looking for attention from.
What to do with your dog sitting on your lap
If you want to stop it, here are a few things you can do about it.
train to sit somewhere else
One option is to train your dog to sit in command using positive reinforcement training in the area where you want to sit, and you can tell it to sit down several times a day and reward it. By repeating the process, you should learn to sit in that new place and get paid.
Avoid encouraging action
As mentioned earlier, it might be if you learned to get the reward for sitting on your lap. Instead, give your dog what you want, and when it’s sitting on your lap, it helps you avoid doing so and train you not to do it as above. It also helps you to try to redirect it to sit somewhere else when you are going to sit on your lap.
give another place to sit and lie
It may also help to give you another place where you can sit or lie down so that you are more likely to sit there than on your knees.
give a daily routine to get used to
Dogs generally like to have a set schedule that they can follow. If you give your dog a walk or food at random times, it won’t know that you’re going to give them to it and it will annoy you more to get those stuff from you. On the other hand, if you always give food and walk at the same time, you’ll see when you can expect to get those things.