You know what I mean right? When your dog is sitting next to you and places his/her paw on your lap or arm, either before or after you start to pet them? Both of my goldens did this ALL THE TIME! I don’t have a problem with this.
Since this is a blog about goldens, and even has a category called Golden Behavior, I thought I would do a little post about this particular behavior and see what others have read, learned, or experienced.
And of course, I have to throw in the Poll…Does your golden do the “Arm-Paw” ? I want to try and determine if this is a common “Golden Behavior” Please participate! It only takes a fraction of a second.
The conclusion that I have come to is this: If a dog gets petted when he puts his paw up, he considers this a reward, therefore, he will continue to do this, and in most cases, continue to be rewarded. If no one ever responds to this behavior, I assume it would eventually not exist.
A dog is man’s best friend, and this is just one of their ways of showing affection, or begging! Some sites I checked out still believe it is a dominant behavior. I suppose there is that possibility that it is dominance related in some situations, but generally, with goldens, its just them begging for affection with their adorable cuteness. If I don’t want to pet Tucker, (like THAT ever happens) I wont pet him. It is always my decision. Excuse me while I go pet Tucker…