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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shanette Peters View Post
    I thaught at one time it was a dominance issue, and sometimes it can be but for my dog she will first come sit and look at you to get your attention(to be let out to go pee or to get more water) if you don't pay attention right away she will Paw at you. Personally jumping up on a person is more of her dominance than her pawing. I also have seen her Paw when she is stressed or freightened or feeling ill.
    WE have one dog that's terrified of thunderstorms, she just goes in a corner and shivers unless I give her melatonin, but Cassie while not terrified, during a really loud ram, bam, clang, shake the house kind of storm, will jump up on the couch and paw me for a pet during the storm. If I'm in bed, she'll jump up and even wake me up to be let under the covers.

    She's also woken me up in the middle of the night by patting my shoulder if she needs to go poop and can't wait till morning. If she's waking me up I'd BETTER get up. LOL

    If it's just pee, she'll go in the shower. I think if she could figure it out, she'd use the toilet.

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    It is an 'attention demanding' behavior; when normal 'looking at you' to get attention isn't working, they will try something else...some dogs use "the paw".

    Just ignore her or walk away for a bit when she is getting to be 'too much'.

    With my Sophie, who loves to use her paws of attention, I taught her to use them only if I asked, by teaching her shake, high five, wave, etc...teaching your dog some cues which makes using her paws acceptable can help keep her from using them on you at other times when you don't want to, because she learns that she can only 'touch' you with her paws when you ask.

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    My dogs will do it when they want something - like to be covered with a blanket or for me to play with them. Sometimes in the middle of the night - I'm sound asleep - one of my chihuahuas will smack me in the head with his little paw so I'll lift the covers for him!

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dog5 View Post
    My dogs will do it when they want something - like to be covered with a blanket or for me to play with them. Sometimes in the middle of the night - I'm sound asleep - one of my chihuahuas will smack me in the head with his little paw so I'll lift the covers for him!
    LOL! Sounds like he's got you trained.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dog dandy darcie View Post
    LOL! Sounds like he's got you trained.
    Oh yes...you know it's their world I'm just living in it! It's so cute, I don't mind when the little ones get bossy. Now when my big guy tries it that's a big no-no!

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Definitely not a dominance behavior When I taught a couple Shar Peis obedience, during class when they were sitting and the instructor was talking they would paw at my leg, all they wanted was to be petted. I taught both those dogs shake. They will do it anytime I wasnt paying attention and wanted attention and even when I was paying attention to them but wasnt petting them enough! I love dogs <3
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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    My dog does that when he's excited to see me and wants attention. When I come home from being out for any period of time I get attact with a ton of pawing at my legs and I don't really mind he doesn't do it that much. Only when I come home from being away or when I have him tied out on his "run", I guess that's what it's called, and I go out to get him he feels the need to paw at me with his dirty paws. Thats the only time I mind it. He loves my dad and paws him all the time. When my dad is making food he will go into the kitchen and start pawing at his leg for some free food and attention and my dad loves him so ofcourse he can't refuse but usually if he gets to annoyed he tells the dog to leave him alone and Pepper will leave the kitchen and sit in the next room right outside the kitchen on the rug and watch my dads every move haha.
    My friend has a golden that loves getting petted and when you stop she'll lift up her paw and start pawing at your arm. It's cute but she's obsessed and won't leave you alone for hours if you don't tell her to go away at some point.
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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Teddy only does it when he wants to be picked up at the dog park. I don't worry about it as a dominance issues with him because he doesn't exhibit any other dominance behavior. Teddy's a love bug anyways.

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    So, how do you break this behavior? My dog paws me. I've never had a dog do this before.

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawter View Post
    So, how do you break this behavior? My dog paws me. I've never had a dog do this before.

    Why would you want to break the behavior? Your dog is communicating with you...don't supress that - it's a wonderful thing! You'll start to learn what he wants when he paws you and it will make the communication/bond between you stronger. Go for it!
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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Bless goes one step further and jumps to paw my leg(little midget.lol) but blake because he wants something,Aslan sometimes i havnt clue its funny though because i keep saying"what" and he just keeps doing it.whens that dog translater coming hey?lol

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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    I'm with you, Dawter, I would absolutely discourage the behavior. Why, Dog5? Because it's irritating and potentially painful. I also don't like to encourage my dogs to do things to me that I would not want them to do to my guests and I certainly do not want to subject small children and old people to a 75lb dog's giant feet. In the same way a mother does not want her three-year-old son to incessantly poke at her when he wants something, I would prefer that my dog find a less invasive way of communicating.

    Having said that, the only way I've ever trained a dog not to paw is to simply ignore the dog when the pawing is happening. Not only do you not get whatever you are asking for, you get nothing at all. No attention, no looks or words from me, nothing. When you stop pawing me, you can have whatever you want.


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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Quote Originally Posted by FilleBelle View Post
    I'm with you, Dawter, I would absolutely discourage the behavior. Why, Dog5? Because it's irritating and potentially painful. I also don't like to encourage my dogs to do things to me that I would not want them to do to my guests and I certainly do not want to subject small children and old people to a 75lb dog's giant feet. In the same way a mother does not want her three-year-old son to incessantly poke at her when he wants something, I would prefer that my dog find a less invasive way of communicating.

    Having said that, the only way I've ever trained a dog not to paw is to simply ignore the dog when the pawing is happening. Not only do you not get whatever you are asking for, you get nothing at all. No attention, no looks or words from me, nothing. When you stop pawing me, you can have whatever you want.
    Really? I've never found it irritating, invasive, or painful, even when my 135 lb. boy does it. I find it very sweet and communicative. But we have to live with our own dogs, so to each his own!
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    Re: why do dogs paw at you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dawter View Post
    So, how do you break this behavior? My dog paws me. I've never had a dog do this before.
    I would turn it into the trick shake or paw (whichever you want to use). Teach the command but whenever s/he does it to you ignore it. The behavior only gets rewarded when you ask for it.
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