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Here’s Why Dogs Jump On You When You Get Home (Plus 49 Other Meanings Behind What They Do)


Since dogs can’t talk, it is tough to know what they are thinking. It is also difficult to understand why they do the things they do. Fortunately, there are a few experts who are sure that they know what dogs are thinking. Here’s why dogs jump on you when you get home (plus 49 other meanings behind what they do).

Side Sleeping

When a dog sleeps on his side, he is telling you that he loves you and trusts you.

Stomach Sleeping

When your pet sleeps on his belly, he won’t be able to get quality sleep. In this position, he won’t be able to reach REM sleep. Shy, gentle dogs often sleep like this.

Back Sleeping

When your dog sleeps on is back, he may be too hot. If his paws are across his chest, he wants to be left alone so he can sleep.


If your dog is staring at you, he isn’t trying to be creepy. He just wants your affection.

Staring With His Tongue Out

If your pet is staring with his tongue out, he wants your attention, but he is happy, relaxed, and mellow.

Intense Eye Contact

When a dog is staring into your eyes, he wants to see your expressions to understand what you want from him.

Open Mouth, Relaxed Tail, High Ears

This means that your dog is relaxed and secure in his surroundings. If you want to approach a strange dog, this is when it is the safest.

Pointed Tail, Ears Forward

This position means that your dog is curious about something. He may hear or smell something interesting.

Loose Floppy Tongue

A loose floppy tongue means that your dog is happy and doesn’t have a care in the world.

Baring Teeth, Ears Back, Snarling

This is a sure sign that your dog is feeling angry and aggressive. Never approach a dog when he is in this position.

Raising Bark

If your dog starts barking softly, and it increases, he wants to play with you, and he cannot control his excitement.


Howling means that your dog can hear a high-pitched sound like a siren. He is either annoyed, or the sound hurts his ears.

Low Growl

A low growl means that your dog is anxious and scared.

Crazy Legged Dead Sleeping

If your dog sleeps on his back with his limbs in the air, he feels vulnerable. It also means that he is secure in his surroundings.


If your pet sleeps on his belly with his limbs out like Superman flying, he finally crashed. Sleeping like this allows him to pop back up quick when he’s ready to play.

Squinting His Eyes

If your pet squints his eyes when he looks at you, he wants your love and attention.

Waiting For Approval

If your pet is staring at you like he is waiting to do something, he respects you and wants your option.

The Fox

If your dog’s paws are under his body and his tail is around his face, he is cold.

Back To Back

When two dogs sleep back to back, it means that they trust each other.

Waving His Paws In the Air

If your dog is sitting or standing with his paws up, he is concentrating.


If your dog brings you a gift like a shoe or a dead animal, he loves you, and he is trying to make you happy.

Cuddling After a Meal

If your dog cuddles with you after eating, he loves you and feels comfortable with you.


When your dog licks your face, he is easing some of his stress and showing you love.

Hunched Over

If your pet hunches over, he was just abused or attacked and is trying to make himself feel small.

Getting In Your Bed

When your dog sleeps in your bed when you aren’t home, he wants to feel close to you.

Joining You In Bed

When your pet is in your bed with you and your partner, he wants to be part of the pack.

Kicking Their Feet After Pooping

If your pet kicks his feet after pooping, he is releasing pheromones that release a territorial scent. He wants other dogs to know that it is his area, and he is the alpha dog.

Butt Sniffing

When dogs sniff each other’s butts, they are saying hello and trying to get to know the other dog.

Chasing Their Tail

If you have a puppy, he is chasing his tail because he doesn’t realize it’s his. If your dog is older, he is bored and trying to entertain himself.

Post Bath Energy

If your pet has a lot of energy when he gets out of the bath, he hates being wet and wants to dry off.

Staying Close By

When your pet stays close by, he wants to be part of your pack.

Trashing the Couch

If your pet ransacks the house or tears apart the couch, he has separation anxiety, and he needs to relive some of his energy.

Lowered Front, Mouth Open, Wagging Tail

This means that your dog is having a lot of fun and he is thanking you.

Rocking Horses

When your dog rocks back and forth, he is having fun, and it wants it to continue.

Showing Empathy

Your dog can sense when you are upset, and he will try to comfort you.

Eating Grass

If your dog eats grass, he is thirsty.

Eating Poop

If your dog eats poop, he wants to keep his territory clean.

Butt Scoot

If your dog drags his butt on the carpet, he could be cleaning his dirty butt. He also may have worms or an anal gland issue.

Hanging Out the Window

Dogs hang out the window in the car to enjoy the sights and smells.


Dogs hump to show dominance.

Leaning On You

When your dog leans on you, he feels neglected and wants some love.

Sitting On Your Feet

When your dog sits on your feet, he is saying that you are his territory. He also might be insecure, and you make him feel better.

Going Crazy When You Get Home

When your dog jumps on you and goes crazy when you get home, it means he missed you.

Fast Wagging Tail

This means that your dog is anxious and uncomfortable.

Wide Range Of Motion In Tail Wagging

This means that your pet has plenty of energy to burn off.


If your pet digs, he’s bored.

Forward Ears

If your dog’s ears are pointed forward, he is focused on whatever is in front of him.

Raising a Paw

If your pet raises one paw, he could be hungry, or maybe he wants to play.


If your dog yawns, he may have caught one from you.

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