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Gimme Paw!

Dear Bailey,

I'm interested in knowing why our dogs "paw" at us as if they were saying, "hold my hand". Any thoughts?

Thank you,

Teri
Brea, CA


Bailey's Reply:

Dear Teri., 

It sounds like your dogs have been effective in teaching you to pay attention to them. Paws up to your pack!

Dogs are very much aware at what gets them good things in the world. Generally, when a dog paws at a person, the person responds by giving the dog attention, praise, a treat, etc. So the dog thinks, "Aha! I'm going to do that "paw" thing again... my people give me good things when I paw!".

Remember that a behavior will occur and continue to occur if it pays off for the dog. Apparently, your dogs find that interaction with you is a great payoff!

Speaking of payoff... I'm going to get my person to find me a treat. <bark!>

Bailey


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