puppy snuggling with owner

Why Do Dogs Sit on Your Feet and Lap?

by Sam Salvati - 07/16/20

Your dog does not have to be a lap dog to enjoy resting on your lap or against your feet. Many dogs take comfort in sitting on their owners.

Although some breeds have been specifically bred as small lap dogs, other big lap dogs exist, they just aren't titled as such.

Generally speaking, dogs enjoy snuggling on your lap because they are social animals who have developed strong emotional bonds with their owners. Dogs cuddle on your lap and feet for the same reason they lick you or wag their tail: to show affection.

In laying on your lap, dogs also earn more petting from you while you can't get up with your furry friend sitting on you.

Despite the common belief that dogs sit on your lap to assert dominance, dogs actually have no desire to be in a position of power over their family members. Cats are a species that climb to high places to assert dominance, not dogs.

Dogs may also sit on your lap in order to get your attention. As pet parents, we often have busy days with little time to play with our pets. If your dog jumps on your lap to get your attention, he probably just wants you to play with him.

If you notice your pup just wanting to sit on your lap all day and showing no energy, he may be sick. If this is the case, take your pooch to the vet.

Pasadena native Sam Salvati is the adoring dog dad to Pablo, Ester and Farris. He enjoys keeping abreast of and writing about the latest developments in pet care.