Have you ever looked down and noticed your dog sitting at your feet? Did it make you wonder why he’s there? Is it because he doesn’t want you to walk away and leave him behind? Or, is it because she wants to show who dominates who? It feels good to have our dog at our feet. It can be construed as a form of canine worship of their God-like owner.
Dogs tend to become exceptionally close to their families, revering them as their pack. Because dogs are pack animals and are programmed to protect their pack and its leaders they instinctively protect us against any oncoming dangers. Dogs also have a strong desire to please us. When they sit at our feet they are poised at readiness. They are happy to do our bidding at any moment’s notice. Such loyal and devoted beings they are.
So, wouldn’t it make sense for them to sit at our feet? Or, even sleep on our feet? We have heard many stories of dogs saving their owners. Your dog is being protective of you while also being submissive to you, their pack leader. It’s just that simple.