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Dogs have always been known as man's best friend, and there is a good reason for that. Dogs are loyal, protective, and always happy to see their owner. They also do some strange things that can be confusing to us humans such as sleeping with their bum facing you and sitting at your feet.

There are a few reasons why dogs might do this such as trying to show us that they are submissive and respect us, trying to get our attention or just that they feel safe and comfortable near us.  

No matter the reason, it's always cute to see a dog sitting at our feet, and it's a good reminder of how much we mean to them. If you’d like to know more about why your 4 legged friend sits at your feet, this is the blog for you.

Showing their Love

Dogs can show their affection in many different ways and depending on the size of the dog and the rules you enforce around the house, sitting on your feet might be the best way your dog knows to show you their affection. If your dog isn’t allowed on the sofa this might be the best way they can think of to be close to you. Check out these 8 ways to show your love back.


Dogs suffer from separation anxiety when their guardians leave them alone. This can be a very severe condition, especially in dogs that were adopted in times of lockdown , when most people were stuck at home. If your dog spends most of their time at your feet, they might be trying to make sure you don't escape and go on a perilous journey to the shops without them.

There are many ways to try and stop separation anxiety in dogs. One way is to make sure that you provide plenty of toys and chew bones for them to play with when you're away. You can also try leaving the radio or TV on for them, or hiring a pet sitter to come and take care of them while you're gone. Most importantly, try not to make a big deal out of leaving them behind, as this will only increase their anxiety. Simply say goodbye calmly and firmly, and make sure to return home as soon as possible so that they know you're safe. Here’s a good blog on separation anxiety in dogs 

They Want Attention

We all know our furry friends often just want to be loved in some way shape or form. Regardless of if your dog is needy or standoffish they will likely sniff around for some affection from time to time. If they know that when they sit on your feet you just can’t resist giving them a good old scratch, we can’t really blame them for coming back for more! 

Showing you respect

When a dog sits on your feet, it's a way of showing submissiveness and respect. By getting close to your feet, your dog is indicating that it sees you as the alpha figure in the pack. This is a sign of great respect, and it's also an important part of canine body language. So next time your dog tries to sit on your feet, don't shoo it away - take it as a compliment! 


  1. Why do dogs sit at your feet?

There are a few reasons why dogs might sit at someone's feet. Often, it's an indication of respect or love. Dogs may also sit at someone's feet if they're feeling anxious or want attention.

  1. What should I do if my dog sits at my feet?

If your dog sits at your feet, there's no need to do anything special. Just continue whatever you were doing before and enjoy the company of your furry friend.

  1. How can I train my dog to not sit at my feet?

If you don't want your dog to sit at your feet, you can train them not to by using positive reinforcement. When your dog sits at your feet, give them a treat or pet them lovingly. Eventually, they'll learn that sitting at your feet doesn't result in rewards and will stop doing it.

1 comment

  • Mark Spen
    • Mark Spen
    • June 12, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    Dogs are adorable and friendly animals, but sometimes their weird behavior confuses their owners. If your dog is doing the same then you might also be thinking why does my dog straddle my foot? There can be several reasons why he is doing that.

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