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Dog gives you his paw by himself? He wants to say something important

The dog often gives its paw to the owner during petting.
The dog often gives its paw to the owner during petting.
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7:36 AM EDT, October 4, 2023, updated: 8:58 AM EDT, October 5, 2023

A dog's behavior often fascinates and surprises its caretakers. Many gestures performed by pups seem incomprehensible. An example can be a situation when a dog puts its paw on a human. Specialists explain what the animal wants to convey in this way.

A dog communicates with the world non-verbally - a attentive pet owner knows this. The animal behaves differently when it is calm, relaxed, and happy, and completely differently when it feels tension or fear. Sometimes, this can be determined by minor nuances such as the position of the tail, turning of the head, yawning, or body posture. It's not always easy to interpret what a dog wants to convey, and many gestures can seem surprising.

The dog puts its paw on me. What does it mean?

One of the frequent situations that a pet owner may observe is the moment when their pet places its paw on them. This usually happens during petting or scratching the animal. It turns out that the explanation is very simple.

- When you get a "paw," when you're already petting, tickling, or otherwise giving your dog physical attention... it's likely that you'll intuitively understand that your dog wants you to continue doing exactly what you're doing. This is one of the most common reasons why dogs put their paws on people - emphasizes behaviorist Sarah Wooten from Pumpkin Pet Insurance.

So, we can be satisfied. The dog's gesture means that he feels good with us, and our petting gives him pleasure. - As soon as you start to withdraw your hand, he will reach out and pat you. This is usually very effective and leaves no room for interpretation. "Give me more," your dog says, explains the specialist.

Is the dog giving a paw? You can be satisfied

According to some, such behavior of a four-legged friend may also be caused by something else. When a dog gives us his paw, he is showing support in this way. Every guardian knows that dogs are great at sensing emotions. If we are sad and depressed or highly stressed, they may want to stay as close to us as possible to express their attachment this way.

A simple yet moving explanation has also appeared online explaining what such a gesture means. One of the TikTokers straightforwardly called it "petting" by a dog. -  Do you know that if your dog reaches out during petting, it's his way to also pet you back? Putting his paw on you is a sign that he loves you and trusts you - says the netizen.

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