it is a mother thing.....but it is also a bully owner thing. I think he is the cutest thing. LOve when their tongues are out like that and it is just so funny they all sleep like that! Does Usko sleep with you. Coop does and every morning when my hubby gets up for work he takes dogs outside and every morning he has to pick Coops butt of the bed cuz he is so lazy he won't get up so you have to make him! Thee dogs are just the funniest Love Usko's makings!!!