Why does my dog continually put his paw on my lap?

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Anonymous:
Ocasionally my dog will come to me, sit down and repeatedly put his paw on my lap. He will also do this after he plays too rough with our other dog and i separate them. They don't bite, just play rough.I think this may actually be an agressive behavior.as opposed to a submissive behavior but i'm not exactly sure why he does this.Perhaps attention? I know when i eat, he will do that to beg for something to eat, but i won't give in.Anyone have ideas for this behavior?
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Rocky:
[nq:1]Perhaps attention?[/nq]
Bingo!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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Michael A. Ball:
[nq:1]Ocasionally my dog will come to me, sit down and repeatedly put his paw on my lap...[/nq]
I've always considered that the universal code for "pet me" or "pay attention to me".

A dog's life is too short; their only fault really.
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Paul B:
[nq:1]Ocasionally my dog will come to me, sit down and repeatedly put his paw on my lap. He will also ... he will do that to beg for something to eat, but i won't give in.Anyone have ideas for this behavior?[/nq]My dogs did the same sort of thing, as far as I'm concerned all they want is to say hello and are asking you for a few moments of your time, no domination or Alpha stuff, in fact it's a fantastic opportunity to do some easy training. You have the dogs attention so take advantage, ask it to sit, to down then ask it to get it's ball, when it returns ask it to sit then drop the ball, once it does then ask for it's paw, then maybe allow it to jump up on your lap with it's front paws, give the dog a sritch, tell it what a good dog it is and then ask it to get off.

Now my dogs sit beside me when they want attention and wait for me to notice them, I give them a strich, maybe ask them to put their paws on my lap for a minute then ask them "off", then they sleep under my feet quite content.
Paul
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wolf <>:
he wants your undivided bonding attention, this is abvious. this is not necessarily a habit to break, this is a habit you will yearn for after the dog is long gone.
it is the character that is inside him.
This is teh kind of thing that you may break his spirit before you break his character.
sounds like a good dog, just ignore it most of the time, if you must, thats a good way, then only respond to the times that are more justified. this will help cull it a bit.
hth.
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prgmrblu:
[nq:1]Ocasionally my dog will come to me, sit down and repeatedly put his paw on my lap. He will also ... he will do that to beg for something to eat, but i won't give in.Anyone have ideas for this behavior?[/nq]
My Dozer does this all the time.
It's sort of his insistant way of saying he wants
attention. If I ignore him he sits up and tries
both legs. It's actually rather cute, but can also be annoying.

After you scold him it might be a kin to I'm sorry.

Sometimes the pawing can be a bit harder then you want or expect. At those times do the same thing you would do if you were getting nipped by a puppy. (I use: ouch! , then make him sit and be calm before I give some attention)
It may also be at inappropriate times.
This is the time you should be notifying that it is inappropriate and correcting. Dinner would be one of those times. If it were Dozer he would be sent to his settle spot (or crate if you have one)
until dinner is complete. If he was good then I give him a small treat after dinner.
Actually Dozer now goes to his settle spot during dinner on his own and is rewarded with a bone or some other treat. He actully looks forward to it! Having two dogs this might be a challenge but it is very affective.
prgmrblu
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