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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Big Dogs Can be Lap Dogs too, but Should they Be?

by Carrie Boyko, all rights reserved
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Tanner Snuggles In for a Snooze
on Alan's Lap
At 68 pounds, Tanner really doesn't look much like a lap dog, huh? On the other hand, he does look comfortable and sleeping soundly. The flash didn't even budge his dreams. Not a twitch!

So, what do you think? Should big dogs be allowed to sit on our laps? This has been a subject of great controversy in many of the dog forums, and among trainers and other dog experts.

I happen to agree that too much of this could lead to a dog believing he is the Top Dog, if you know what I mean. Fortunately, with Tanner, we're in pretty good shape. He's a fairly submissive boy who generally listens and follows instructions well.

As I looked on, Alan asked him to get down. There was no pouting, no pushing and no problem. Tanner just did it. I think that's the key. He knows who the real boss is. Me!

Occasionally when my husband is out of town, Tanner will lie right up against me in bed. It's sort of like puppies that enjoy snuggling with their litter mates. He seems to get something from the connectedness with me. I have to admit that I rather enjoy it, as well. Knowing he is there is like a feeling of safety--my alarm system is sleeping beside me.

Now it's your turn. What do you think about this? Do we send the wrong message when we allow a bigger dog to lie on our laps or our couches or beds?  Do you think small dogs get that same message, or are they aware of their smaller size and feel it is more acceptable? Here is your chance to sound off...hit that comment link and go for it!


Dog Signs said...

I also have a lap dog, but as he grows older he seems to be get a bit more heavy. Also I got trouble dealing with his claws. I think lap dogs are advisable only for adults.

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

Tanner could easily squish a small child; that's for sure. He doesn't seem to know he is big. LOL! Check out Dr. Jacki's post on Strategies for Caring for Dog's Nails. The question was specifically about a large dog. Hope this helps.

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