If your dog has chosen to sit between your legs, it can be a show of submission or a need for attention. Besides, it can be that it is watching over you or just following a pattern you’ve taught it unconsciously.
It would be nice if you knew which of these reasons is responsible for the behavior. So, either you want to stop it or encourage it, here are some ways to find out which it is.
Going between your legs means it is going underneath you. By doing that, it is acknowledging your superiority. Mounting is a common trait among dominant dogs. The submissive ones, in return, take a bow to acknowledge their superiority. Also, watch out for the tail. If it is hanging between its legs, you can assume this to be the cause.
If your dog feels you are not giving it enough attention, a gentle way to remind you to do this is by sitting between your legs. You’ll notice that after settling down, it swings its nose in the air as if trying to catch a scent. A more direct approach is gently pulling your cloth with its teeth.
What you need to do is to assure your furry canine that you are with them. A rub on the head or brush through its coat with your finger will go a long way to show that you care.
In the wild, dog packs have members that stand up for each other. Their collective strength is what makes them prevail over assailants. The weaker ones among them, such as the pups, never stray away from their mums. At the slightest threat, they run underneath them.
While your canine buddy sees you as a boss and friend, your presence is also a reassurance of safety. So, sitting between your legs feels like sitting between two walls, and your furry friend feels protected.
Reach for it and stroke it to assure it that you are there with it. That’s what companions do, reassuring each other of safety.
If your dear fido walks between your legs and you often bend over to play with it, you are reinforcing this habit. In a short while, it becomes accustomed to this form of affection, knowing that you are comfortable with this action and giving the consent your pooch seeks.
Besides, your pooch gets you to play with it. If you aren’t up for this, you have to step away each time it does so. Over time, it would understand that the action isn’t the right thing to do.