Like us, dogs have a complex body language that allows them to communicate with their environment and adapt to different circumstances. If you’re the happy guardian of a dog, your faithful companion may one day have pleasantly surprised you by snuggling up to you. It may even have become a habit in your daily life.
This particular behavior is not at all negative or harmful and has different causes. If you want to know the answer to the questions “Why is my dog snuggling up to me?”, “Why does my dog sleep snuggled up to me?”, or “Why does my dog put his head on me?
There are many reasons why your dog will cuddle up to you, including the following:
-He loves you and likes to be by your side.
-He feels protected.
-He wants your attention.
-He wants to communicate with other dogs to stay away.
My dog cuddles up to me when I pet him.
If your dog is cuddling up to you when you pet him, you can interpret this as a sign of affection on his part. It’s probably the first reason you thought of it because the fact that your dog puts his head on you when you pet him or when you lie down together on the couch is a sure sign that he loves you and likes to be with you.
This is because you give him warmth and a feeling of security, a behavior that can also be seen with litters of puppies, who sleep together, leaning on top of each other and their mother’s side, keeping them under her wing and protecting them from the cold.
My dog sleeps glued to me
The reason your dog sleeps close to you is that you provide him with physical and emotional security, meaning he feels protected and therefore doesn’t need to be vigilant.
Without a doubt, in both situations, the fact that your dog is snuggling up to you is a clear sign of trust. It also means that a strong bond has been established and that for your dog, you are his reference person, you are part of his family nucleus.
My dog is snuggling with me – Other possible explanations
In addition to the reasons mentioned above, there may be other reasons why your dog behaves as he does:
*He wants to get your attention: If your dog spends a lot of time alone and you don’t spend as much time with him, it is very likely that your dog adopts this behavior with the intention that you listen to him, play with him, go for a walk, fill his bowl with food, etc. *He wants to get your attention: If your dog spends a lot of time alone and you don’t spend as much time with him, your dog likely adopts this behavior with the intention that you listen to him, play with him, go for a walk, fill his bowl with food, etc. *Your dog may also have learned that every time he cuddles up to you or lays his head on you, you listen to him, so he knows that this action helps make sure you are there for him, for example, to pet him.
*He wants to communicate to other dogs to stay away: you may have observed this behavior if you live with other dogs. Having your dog cuddle up to you when others approach may simply be a way of wanting all your attention to be focused on him and not on others. In return, he’s sending a message to the other dogs to stay away.
As we’ve seen, this behavior isn’t harmful in itself, but you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a problem that needs to be addressed. If you see your dog exhibiting other behaviors that express aggression, such as growling at other dogs, it may be possessive behavior that can be a problem.
You should also consider taking action if your dog shows signs of hyper-attachment to you, such as excessive barking to have you near him, destroying objects when you’re not at home, being constantly attached to you, etc. In this case, your dog may experience separation anxiety when you’re not with him, which affects his well-being and makes living together difficult. For this reason, it’s best to consult your veterinarian or a dog trainer who can guide you.
My dog is snuggling up to me: a sign of domination?
When we talk about canine ethology, we often find that due to misinformation, many myths are formed around the behavior of the dog. One of them is that if your dog is huddled up against you, if your dog sleeps glued to you or if your dog puts his head on you it is because he is dominant. However, nothing could be further from the truth, because dominance is an intraspecific behavior, that is to say, one that only concerns dogs with each other. Also, it happens in very specific situations, since a dog is not dominant or submissive as many people think, but he adapts his behavior to different situations, depending on the person he interacts with, his needs at the time, and what he has learned and experienced since he was a puppy.
Finally, if you live with more than one dog at a time, you may have noticed that they don’t behave the same way towards each other as they do towards you, because although it may seem obvious, your dog knows that you are not a dog. Therefore, his relationship with you is a learning experience, not an instinct, because as a pet, he can shape his communication with you from an early age. That’s why you should provide your dog with a basic education that allows you to have a positive relationship with him and to create a strong and positive bond between him and humans. Conversely, many of your dog’s inappropriate behaviors are not due to any instinct for domination, but rather to the fact that he has not been properly trained or his well-being is not assured.
How do we know if our dog is happy
Having a pet is undoubtedly a source of immense happiness. But what about them? Just like humans, dogs are very sensitive animals and can experience emotions such as happiness but also anxiety or sadness.
Since dogs don’t talk, you have to know how to interpret the clues that show that they are unhappy, or, on the contrary, happy. So, how do we know if our dog is happy?
Signs to take into account can be, among others:
-Your dog’s appetite. Indeed, a happy dog is a dog with an appetite, because dogs are very greedy animals.
-His activity and energy. A happy dog will always want to spend time walking and playing.
-His rest. Dogs sleep about 16 hours a day. If your dog sleeps more than necessary, he may be suffering from depression, boredom, or other illnesses.
He may be asking for cuddles and affection. A happy dog likes to be with his loved ones and share moments with them.
-He is curious. Dogs like to discover the world around them and sniff out everything unfamiliar to them. A dog that is not interested in foreign objects or people is apathetic, probably suffering from mood disorders.