Once they’ve exhausted themselves digging and stress-bathing, why do they seem to always scramble over to your spot on the couch as you as you get up? By plopping themselves into a cushion you recently occupied—which probably has your scent—the dog feels like all is well in the world. The less aww-inspiring notion: Some dogs may like to sit in your spot to assert dominance. Dogs that just want to feel close to their owners will probably scoot back over when you return. Territorial dogs might defend their couch position, growling or biting if you attempt to wrest control of your seat.