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Dogs That Lean


Many dogs lean against people while they are being petted, especially retrievers. While some might consider this an endearing trait, others don’t. This behavior is a subtle way of controlling you and teaching your dog not to do this is a subtle way of reminding him of your authority. A dog that consistently leans on you ends up a lazy sitter and will have difficulty doing Sit-Stays when you’re not nearby to prop him up. So how do you get your dog to stop this behavior?

Simply take a step in the direction the dog is leaning so that he literally loses his prop and falls over. Most dogs need this to happen only a few times before they get the idea. Remember to do it the moment you feel pressure on your leg. If you let him get away with it for a few minutes, he might find it was worth it and go right back to leaning on you the next time.