Owner of a Bernese Mountain Dog for over 5 years with a lot of knowledge, combined with the researches and talks with local vets, is shared below:
Why Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Put Their Paws On You?
Why Do Bernese Mountain Dogs Put Their Paws On You? Bernese Mountain Dogs puts their paws on you due to multiple reasons. Whenever your Bernese Mountain Dog puts the paws on you he is seeking attention, boredom wants to go outside, forgiveness, or request petting.
There is more than one reason why your Bernese Mountain Dog put their paws on you. The majority of the time your Bernese Mountain Dog can put their paw on to grab your attention. Your Bernese Mountain Dog is just bored and wants to play. Bernese Mountain Dogs are energetic, they would love to play with you all day long.
Another reason could be because your Bernese Mountain Dog wants to go outside for a walk. Bernese Mountain Dog can put their paw on you when they want you to pet them. You will notice this when you are busy and not paying a lot of attention to your Bernese Mountain Dog. This is their way of asking for affection from you.
Pawing may be followed by bark. After getting pawed by your Bernese Mountain Dog a couple of hundred times it can get annoying and disturbing.
This pawing may become consistent if you encourage this behavior. If your Bernese Mountain Dog paws you for attention, and you pet him, you will give him a signal that this is fine and he will paw you again and again.
With petting and giving your Bernese Mountain Dog, treats, you are showing him that this behavior is fine and that he should continue doing it.
My Bernese Mountain Dog was pawing me all the time, since I work from home this pawing is very disturbing for me. I started ignoring my Bernese Mountain Dog whenever he attempts to paw me, to avoid the pawing.
This is a really good way to teach your Bernese Mountain Dog to stop pawing. This behavior is not going to help him and they are acknowledging this very fast since they are very intelligent dogs.
Why Does My Bernese Mountain Dog Paw At Me?
Why Does My Bernese Mountain Dog Paw At Me? Bernese Mountain Dog can paw at you if they are asking something from you and pleasing you to give the thing that they want to them. When your Bernese Mountain Dog is pawing at you they are saying or asking you to focus on him. If your Bernese Mountain Dog is constantly pawing it may be a problem that you need to work on.
Bernese Mountain Dogs can occasionally paw you and that’s pretty fine, they are trying to say something to you or ask for something. Pawing constantly can be an issue, it’s not something you wanna reinforce.
The Bernese Mountain Dogs can paw you if you have something that they want, such as a toy or treat. This way they are expressing their interest in the item and asking for your attention.
Pawing can be something more, you need to learn and understand your Bernese Mountain Dog behavior or what they are trying to communicate with you.
Bernese Mountain Dog can put their paw on you when they are asking for your protection and they are feeling anxious. They are trying to say something to you since they are not speaking English, this is the only way they can communicate.
Whenever I’m on my desk and trying to work, my Bernese Mountain Dog is coming to me and pawing me and seeking my attention. When I have a lot of work to do and I’m pretty busy. One of the things that you can do as I mentioned is to ignore your Bernese Mountain Dog.
You can also voice train your Bernese Mountain Dog. Whenever he tries to paw you you can increase your voice and tell him to stop. He will immediately stop and understand that you are not playing and he needs to back off. Bernese Mountain Dogs are smart and they can understand this very quickly.
What Does It Mean When Bernese Mountain Dog Paws At You?
- It’s the way they’ve learned to communicate. They can also unlearn this behavior, but it will take a little training and time.
- Bernese Mountain Dog want your affection. This is a common thing and if they paw you they know that this way you will pet them back.
- If the Bernese Mountain Dog did something wrong. Pawing can be their way to say sorry.
- When they need water or food. If your Bernese Mountain Dog paws your they may paw you to get your attention so you can bring them food when they are hungry or thirsty.
- Bernese Mountain Dog wants to empathize with you. If your Bernese Mountain Dog feels that you’re sad they may paw you to make you comfortable.
- They want to play, so by pawing they are getting your attention, to get some playtime.
- This way your Bernese Mountain Dog can talk with your and they can respond back.
- Bernese Mountain Dogs are talking with their paws.
- The Bernese Mountain Dog knows that you are his leader. Pawing can be a sign of doggy submission.
- Sometimes they want to feel like they are the boss. This way by pawing they are thinking on this a sign of a dominance.
Should you try to avoid pawing? Mostly this is a personal choice. As long as you allow pawing, your Bernese Mountain Dog will continue doing it. If you are having a hard time and you want your Bernese Mountain Dog to stop the pawing, you need to spend some time with him and hard training.
If your Bernese Mountain Dog keeps the pawing even if you are ignoring him, or you are using the voice controlling, increasing the voice and screaming “stop it”. Then you have serious issues and this is no longer fun, but stressful and annoying behavior.
If your Bernese Mountain Dog is having a hard time with learning to stop pawing and annoying and disturbing you, please seek a professional trainer. The professional trainer can help you and with a few pieces of training, this will be resolved.