Why Does My Dog Lay by My Feet?

Do you have a dog? If so, chances are your pup lays down by your feet quite often. But why do they do that? Is it because they love you or is there some other reason? This blog post will explore the reasons why dogs lay at their owner’s feet and what this behavior says about their personality.

There are a few different reasons that dogs may choose to lay at their owner’s feet, and each one has its significance. Whether your dog is trying to show love and affection, or simply seeking attention, there’s no doubt that this behavior is a special one. So, next time you see your pup resting his head at your feet, take a moment to appreciate it – after all, it’s a sign of a strong bond between you and your furry friend. However, sometimes it can be anxiety that needs attention.

Reasons Why My Dog Lays At My Feet

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Display Of Affection / Love

There’s nothing quite like the companionship of a beloved pet dog. And, one of the things that many dog owners enjoy is when their pup lays at their feet. So, why do dogs lay at my feet?

The answer is simple – they’re expressing their affection to their owner!

Dogs have been known to show similar behaviors like leaning against their owner or nudging them with their nose as a way of saying “I love you.” So, next time your furry friend chooses to lay by your feet, know that you are loved and appreciated!

Just To Spend Time With You

Dogs are known for their loyalty, and this is no different when it comes to the relationship between humans and dogs.

Dogs lay at our feet because they simply want to spend time with us when we are free. It’s hard not to melt at the sight of your furry friend panting away while waiting for you to come home from work!

Huddling Up

Dogs have been known to instinctively huddle with their pack. They love being up close with you, feeling secure and safe. This goes back to their days in the wild when they would seek out warmth and protection from other pack members.

They identify us as the pack leader, they feel compelled to stay close by. You may have seen your dog laying at your feet and wondered why they do it. This instinct for pack animals has not gone away.

Dogs are naturally drawn to their owner because their ancestors were wolves that lived in packs with one alpha. So when you’re sitting down, your dog will want to get as close as possible.

Marking Their Scent

You might think that the dog is just being friendly, but in reality, they’re marking their scent. Dogs have skin glands that secrete a liquid that contains their scent, and by positioning themselves close to you, they’re letting everyone know that this territory belongs to them.

So the next time you see a dog lying at someone’s feet, don’t be offended – they’re just doing what comes naturally!

Separation Anxiety

When I come home from work, my dog greets me at the door. She jumps up and down, wags her tail furiously then lays at my feet with a sigh of relief. Why does she do that?

While some dogs lay calmly when their owners leave, others get anxious and show signs of extreme stress like panting heavily or chewing things in your absence.

This type of behavior is called separation anxiety.”  Separation Anxiety can be caused by not spending enough time with your pet or not having frequent enough contact with them while you are gone. 

Pro Tip: Spend more time with your pet. Also, speak to your vet for an assessment. Leave an old shirt or dress of yours’ with the dog.


You are probably wondering why your dog lays near your feet. For some dogs, this may be an indication of anxiety or stress so it’s important to consider their environment and what they might be feeling before making any conclusions about their actions.

For other dogs, laying near humans is just how they show affection for you! Regardless of which type of dog you have, there are things that can trigger your dog’s anxiety and make them feel uncomfortable.

The American kennel club has explained anxiety in dogs. Here is the link below if you would like to read it in detail.


Pro Tip: if you feel your dog is going through anxiety it is important that you contact a veterinarian and help your dog.

Protection Of Owner

Dogs choose to lay at their owner’s feet as a way to protect themselves. It’s an instinctual behavior that is rooted in their desire to serve and protect their pack leader.

So next time you’re wondering what your pooch is up to, just know that he or she is keeping a close eye on you and protecting you from harm! Dogs are very protective of their owners.

They will lay at your feet to protect you from any harm and guard you for hours on end. What’s even more interesting is that they know when it’s time to go outside or eat! 


Most dog owners would have experienced this situation: you’re sitting on the couch, watching TV, or reading a book, and your dog is lying at your feet. The dog is seeking warmth and comfort. This is probably an indication that your dog is feeling cold.

Pro Tip: Try to give your dog a warm place, a rug, or a dog coat that will keep your dog warm, comfortable, and cosy.


Dogs are establishing dominance and showing us that they have priority. By laying at our feet, or in other high-traffic areas of the house, dogs are trying to tell others that these are their spaces and we should respect them. This is more so when there are other pets in the house.


Dogs are known for being loyal companions. They always want to be close to their owners and often lay at their feet. This behavior is not just out of habit or because they are lazy; dogs do it because they are seeking attention and affection from their owners.

By understanding why dogs behave this way, you can better appreciate the bond between you and your furry friend. So next time your dog plops down at your feet, know that he’s just trying to get you to say “I love you”!

To Get You To Relax

Ever notice how your dog always lays at your feet? Dogs can sense our moods and they try to relax us when we’re feeling anxious or stressed. You can’t help but feel better with a furry friend by your side! 

Pets have been known to offer relief from stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness in people who live alone. Studies show that interacting with pets has many benefits for mental health, such as reducing blood pressure and heart rate while boosting oxytocin levels (the “feel-good” hormone).

There is also evidence that pet owners may be less likely than non-pet owners to suffer from clinical depression.

Just Be With You

Dogs have an instinct to want to be with their owners. This is why they often lay at your feet, near you when you’re on the couch, or even just by your side as you walk around the house.

They want to be close and be with you! You might find that your pup will follow behind you from room to room or sit next to you wherever he can get in between where ever there’s space for him.

It sometimes feels like they are always underfoot, but this behavior actually has a very simple explanation: Your dog wants to just be with you.

Establish A Bond

Why do dogs lay at my feet? We all know the feeling of a dog laying on your feet. It’s so warm and cozy, you can’t help but feel safe, relaxed, and happy.

Dogs are pack animals that crave connection with humans as they would their family members in the wilds. They love to be touched by us, to lick our faces, and give us those pearly whites!

Laying on our feet is just one way they show affection for us and we want them to be our favorite and establish a deeper bond.

What If My Dog Is Unusually Laying By Feet?

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Many dog owners have been in this situation before. They are sitting on the couch, watching TV, and their dog suddenly comes and sits near their feet. All of a sudden, the dog starts shaking uncontrollably and whimpering.

The owner may be puzzled. In reality, there are many reasons why dogs may act scared around thunder or lightning, and understanding this can help owners better comfort their furry friends during storms. It may also be some loud noise.

Remember! A dog’s hearing ability is way better than ours.

Pro Tip: Using ear muffs for your dog might help during these times.

What About The Theory Of Dogs Detecting Diseases?

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Dogs are often touted as being able to detect diseases, but how much truth is there to this claim? Are dogs able to identify diseases in people and/or other animals? The truth is, yes.

However, dogs need to be trained to do this, and when trained research has shown that they can be extremely successful in doing so. The question here is, whether a dog can detect disease without any sort of training being a domestic dog.

Although the possibility of it cannot be ruled out, it has not been scientifically established that a domestic dog can detect diseases without any sort of training.

Should I Worry About My Dog Laying Near My Leg?

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A dog’s instinct is to be near its owner. Many dogs will lay near their owners’ legs when they are sitting down, even if the person is not petting them! This may seem strange or unusual, but it can have some benefits for both you and your pup.

Being close together can help your canine companion feel good while also helping you stay calm during stressful times. It’s no secret that most people love having their dogs nearby-whether they’re at home with them or out in public with them.

So allow your dog to be with you without any hesitation. However, if it is a case of anxiety, then you should be looking at helping your dog get over the anxiety and live a healthy life since there are times when mental ill-health can manifest into physical symptoms.

The only other scenario can be when you are uncomfortable with your dog lying at your feet all the time.

What Can I Do To Get My Dog Off My Feet?

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Is your dog always underfoot? Do you find yourself tripping over them every time you turn around? If so, never fear! There are a few things you can do to get your dog off your feet and into its own bed.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by providing them with a comfortable bed of their own. You can also reward them for using it with treats or petting sessions. 

There are ways to train your dog to use its bed or designated place instead of getting up on your feet.

Pro Tip: Do not punish your dog at any point in time. That is one big no! Be patient as you train your dog to do something that is the opposite of its instinct.

Wrapping Up:

It may be a sign of dominance or submission. It can be just like that, a demand for attention or sheer love. However, if it is anxiety and discomfort, your dog may need help.

If you have an anxious dog who wants to feel closer to its owner to soothe itself from fear or stress, reassure them and consult your vet.

Unless you are uncomfortable with a dog always lying by your feet, enjoy the love, affection, and devotion you get from your furry little friend.

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