Does Snuggling = Dominance?

I ask because Aaron is convinced it is and tells me I shouldn’t let Sammie climb in my lap to snuggle. I, however, find it endearing and want nothing more than to let her come where she will.


In my lap at lunch

Just look at that face! How could I resist?

What do you think? Does she just want to be close to us or is she trying to show us she’s boss?



  1. colinandray · January 8, 2015

    She has probably simply found a nice warm and friendly spot to chill. Bonus …… she is going to know if you getup and go somewhere! Sounds like possible competition from Aaron though!!!!!!


    • Saving Sammie · January 8, 2015

      haha – I think he complained because she was laying on BOTH of us…

      But thank you for agreeing with me on this one! I feel like it’s just natural behavior for dogs, hence the term ‘dog pile.’


  2. Nikitaland · January 8, 2015

    Sorry Aaron, but Sammie is going where she is loved. For example, the very second I lay down on the couch to watch TV, Bella runs over to the couch, waits for me to adjust the blankies, then jumps up next to me and cuddles with me. It’s a place where she is happy and loves being by her Mommy.

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    • Saving Sammie · January 8, 2015

      She’s still not allowed on the couches – just the bed. But thank you for this!! I knew it…


  3. Cinnamon · January 8, 2015

    I think she just want a big old kiss.
    So sweet!
    xo Cinnamon


  4. scarlybobs · January 9, 2015

    Actually, you may be interested to know that the ‘dominance theory’ (the belief that dogs do certain things to become “the boss” of humans or other dogs) is actually a load of rubbish!

    Dogs don’t have an agenda for world domination; they actually only do things that they gain something from. So for example pulling on lead = to try get somewhere faster, jumping up = works at getting attention and releasing excitement, growling over a bone = resource guarding.

    Here are some links in case you want to read more, this dog forum is great and has a sticky on dominance 🙂

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    • Saving Sammie · January 9, 2015

      Thanks for sharing that! There are so many resources out there is hard to know what to buy into…

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    • lexitheschnauzer · February 3, 2015

      Scarlybobs, you are SO right. I am in my second read of “The Other End of the Leash,” that teaches the same thing. I highly recommend this book. It is the best I’ve ever read about dogs, and I’ve read a lot.

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      • Saving Sammie · February 4, 2015

        Thank you for the recommendation!!


      • scarlybobs · February 4, 2015

        Ah I have that book too 😀 I think Patricia McConnell is great!

        I also love ‘Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction?’, if you haven’t read it it’s only a short read but a great book!

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      • colinandray · February 4, 2015

        “The Other End of the Leash” is an excellent resource book. Books by Pat Miller are also very good and focus on positive training methods. As a general guide when training questions arise, I like the question “If you wouldn’t do it to a child, should you be doing it to a dog?” It has solved numerous issues!

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