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Why do they put their paws on us?

You know when you pet your golden and they put their paws over your arm and just sit there, enjoying all the loving and attention! I wonder if it's a golden trait? I know a lot of goldens on this forum do that. I heard some people say it's a dominant behavior, others will say it's just a sign of affection... Does yours do it? If so what do you think it means?

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Gus does that. I just think it's his way of saying he likes it! My other non-Goldens don't do it.
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I have often wondered....my Holly does it alot while Im petting her and she looks so content.
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Attention seeking. Dogs that do this have been reinforced (intentionally or not!)....
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Gunner does it all the time. He always looks very content.

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Attention seeking. Dogs that do this have been reinforced (intentionally or not!)....
But she does it when I'm already giving her attention! I thought, like Augustus McCrae's Mom, that it was because she liked it and didn't want me to stop!
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I think it's a golden thing, Hank does it, so did Maggie. My other non-goldens did not.

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Now that some of you mentioned it, I've never seen another non-golden doing it...
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I assume you mean when we're sitting down and they raise a paw to push your arm down? Ori does it a lot, mainly in play as a show of "haha, I got you!" I think it's adorable, but I don't really think it's him being dominant, he's far too lazy for that. Lol.
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Jazz loves to do that too. It's almost like she is saying "Don't stop petting me!"

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