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 itas 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.