Why does the dog snuggle up to the owner?
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Surely you have repeatedly noticed that your dog snuggles up to you. Why does the dog snuggle up to the owner and what does it want to say in this way?
The fact is that the dog’s attachment to the owner includes two components: an emotional connection and the perception of a person as a security base. That is, it is to the one who is the safety base that the dog will run if it feels scared or insecure. And it is in the presence of such a person that the dog will more actively explore the world and play.
Most often, the dog snuggles up to the owner if it is scared or nervous. For example, in a veterinary clinic or when meeting with something terrible on the street. This is a signal that the pet trusts you and counts on your support and protection.
Sometimes dogs snuggle up to the owner and relax, even fall asleep. In this case, the dog’s posture demonstrates calm and peace. This is a sign that in your society the dog feels comfortable and is confident that you will not harm her.
Sometimes the dog is pressed against the owner and looks into his eyes. Most likely, at this moment the dog needs something from you: for example, she is thirsty or wants to go for a walk.
It is important to evaluate the dog’s behavior in context: look at other body signals and what is happening around.In this case, you can understand what the four-legged friend is trying to tell you.