There are various trains of thought when it comes to dog behavior. One of those thoughts is when they put their paw on you. Some people see it as a sign of dominance (they are higher in the pack than you) others see it as a sign of affection. So, what does it really mean when your pet dog puts their paw on you? Should you encourage it, or train them not to. Well, the first thing that you have to do is make sure that no one is going to get hurt when they do it. Large breeds such as Akitas, mastiffs, etc. can all hurt people with their claws, even if they don’t mean to.
The main reasons why dogs will put their paws on you are: They want feeding, they are feeling a little insecure with whatever situation is going on, they could just be looking for some attention. My dog, for example, will put his paw on you and almost scratch at you. Most of the time, he wants some affection. If you are sat together and giving your pet a fuss, they could just be showing some affection back. The ideal thing to do is to check how they are behaving when they put their paws on you.