If you have ever wished that your dog could talk to you or at least let you know whether they love you, your wish has been granted, partially. Even though they cannot communicate like us, experts have found that dogs use their paws and overall body language to convey a lot of messages.
“I will always be there for you.”
However, sometimes the paw-lifting and touching could mean something else as well. Dogs are able to read and understand human emotions, so if you are sad and if your dog comes and gives you its paw, it might mean they are trying to reassure you and tell you that everything is going to be okay.
Playing with your dog can keep you and your dog from getting depressed.
No, don’t go “DUH” just yet. According to research, when you play with your dog, “feel-good hormones” are released in your body, as well as your pet’s body, helping you feel happy with a boost of serotonin and keeping you both away from depression and other related disorders. It’s a win-win!
“Give me some attention, human!”
Excessive pawing could also mean that your friend is requesting your attention and a little fun time. Dogs have needs like children and moreover, they follow a pack-behavior, meaning, they come from a line where they need to bond with their pack and be close to their loved ones. Other than raising their paw, they might try to sit next to you and lean on you. This is just how they bond and we think that it is the cutest thing ever!
“I love you.”
When a dog comes near you and puts their paw on you, they are simply letting you know that they love you and appreciate everything you do for them. According to a dog expert, when you pet your fur baby and they try to touch you with their paw, this is them trying to show you the same affection.