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Why does my dog lay on me?

One thing that I really love about my dog is how much he loves to cuddle. He is a pretty big dog but he thinks that he is a lap dog.  He will lay on top of me or try to snuggle up next to me whenever he can. I have often wondered why he does this and if other dogs do the same thing.

There are a few reasons why your dog may enjoy laying on you. These reasons include:

  • Comfort
  • Security
  • Physical Warth
  • Attention
  • Protection
  • Affection

When they are close to you, they feel like they are part of your pack and that they have someone to protect them. Dogs are also very tactile animals and enjoy being close to their humans and other animals. Having contact with you makes them feel happy and loved.


If your dog is always trying to lay on you, enjoy it! It’s a sign that they love you and feel safe and comfortable around you.

Comfort is one of the main reasons that dogs lay on their owners. They see their owners as family and dog families often lay on one another to show they are comfortable. This even happens with wild dogs. They can often be found laying around their dens on top of one another.

You may also find comfort in cuddling with your dog.  This can be a great bonding experience for the both of you. Try to make the most of this time to bond with your dog. Studies have shown that dogs and humans that have close connections are both healthier and happier.


For dogs, security is another big reason they may want to be close to their humans. They feel safer when they are near you and know that they have someone to rely on if something happens.

This is especially true for adopted dogs who may not have had a stable home life before coming to yours. By providing your dog with a sense of security, you are helping to make them feel safe and loved. This can go a long way in improving their overall mood and happiness. Plus, it’s just really cute to see a dog curl up next to their human for a nap!

If your dog seems scared while they are cuddling up to you, it may be a warning sign that something is wrong. If your dog is doing this consistently, it’s best to take them to the vet to get checked out.

Physical Warmth

Another reason that dogs lay on their owners is for physical warmth. This is especially common in small breeds, which often don’t have much fur. By cuddling up to their owners, they can stay warm and comfortable.

Staying warm is very important for dogs especially in cold climates. Some breeds have very short fur and are not bred for the cold weather. In these cases, it is important for the dog to have a warm place to sleep and lay. Dogs will often lay on their owners to get extra warmth.

Dogs also seek physical warmth when they are sick or injured. This is because their body is working hard to fight off the illness or injury, and they need all the help they can get. By lying next to their owners, the dog can soak up some of their body heat and help to speed up the healing process.

In fact, one study found that dogs who were allowed to sleep in their owners’ bedrooms tended to be healthier and have better behavior than those who were not. So if your dog is acting cold, consider letting them snuggle up next to you for some extra warmth. You may also get the benefit of a more well-behaved dog as a result!


Some dogs cuddle up close to you because they crave attention.  They may want to be petted, played with, or just simply talked to. Other dogs may be more independent and only seek attention when they need it. Regardless of why your dog craves attention, it’s important to make sure you give them enough of it.

Dogs that don’t get enough attention may start to exhibit destructive behaviors, such as chewing on furniture or barking excessively. They may also become withdrawn and depressed. If you think your dog isn’t getting enough attention, try spending more time with them each day and see if their behavior improves.

We recently added a baby to our family and we try and make sure that we still give our dog plenty of love. He is used to being an only child in our family and because of that, he is used to lots and lots of attention. Even though we added another member to our family, we try not to neglect our sweet pup. 

If your dog is trying to lay on you, don’t ignore it! It could be your dog’s way of asking you for more attention. This is a great time for you to show your dog some love. Dogs are known for being loyal companions, so return the favor by being a loyal friend to them as well.


Another reason that dogs will try and lay on you is for protection.  This is especially true for smaller breeds of dogs. They will often see you as their protector and feel the need to be close to you in order to feel safe. This behavior is often seen in puppies who are still getting used to their surroundings and are not yet comfortable being on their own.

You may notice that your dog tries to lay on you if they are startled or if something scares them.  This is their way of seeking comfort and security from you. If your dog is afraid of thunderstorms, they may try to crawl into your lap or sleep next to you in bed in order to feel safe.

Some dogs will also become protective of their owners if they sense that someone is a threat. This behavior is often seen in dogs who have been abused or neglected in the past. If a stranger comes into your home, your dog may try to put themselves between you and the person in order to protect you.

This behavior is also seen in dogs who are guarding their food or toys. They will often lay on top of their belongings in order to keep other people or animals from taking them.

Dogs will also try to lay on you for protection from the sun. Dogs can get sunburned just like people can, and they often seek out shady spots to rest in. If your dog is trying to lay on you in order to get out of the sun, it is important to let them do so. You may want to put a towel over them to help protect their skin from the sun’s rays.


Dogs often show affection through closeness.  They may lay on you because they want to be near you and feel your warmth. This behavior is especially common in small breeds and puppies who crave human attention.

Cuddling with your dog can be a great way to release positive hormones in your own body as well as in your dog.  Oxytocin, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” is released when people and animals cuddle. This hormone has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and promote bonding.


Dogs are often known for being faithful companions to humans. They act as a guard dog, emotional support animal, and friend all in one! If your dog is frequently laying on you, enjoy it! It is most likely a sign that your dog trusts you and it is a great time to bond with your pet.

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