We all want our dogs to love us. Whether we buy them as a puppy or rescue them from the shelter. We fall in love with them immediately and want to show them that same love and affection for the rest of their lives. Most of us take it as a given that our dogs will love us back but, how do you know if your dog loves you since he can’t open his mouth and tell you? You can’t! So to solve this problem, we made a list of eight ways to know if your dog loves you.
08. Your dog cuddles up with you
If your dog wants physical contact with you or tries to get up on the sofa to cuddle with you. He wants to be near you and considers you a friend.
Dogs can be independent, but you know they all want affection in some form or another whether it’s a simple scratch behind the ear or hours of snuggling on the sofa, you are one of his main priorities. So give him lots of attention and let him know you feel the same way too.
07. your dog does or would love to sleep on your bed
So you thought your dog only wanted to sleep on your bed because it’s comfier than his right well that might be partially true. Experts say the dogs want to sleep with their owners or in their beds because of their canine pack mentality, a dog usually sleeps next to its pack and if you’re loved by your dog he wants to sleep next to you although this can be tough if you have a Great Dane or a breed that’s really hairy. Let your dog sleep close to you as it’s a sign of love. Well that or because he likes the look of your memory foam mattress.
06. your dog is comfortable when you leave the house
Although we often think that our dogs going crazy when we leave the house is a display of love, it can actually sometimes be a worrying sign, if your dog is concerned when you leave the house barks or runs around, it could be a sign that they are worried you’re leaving him this is a common trade and rescued dogs that have been abandoned and will calm down after a few times of your coming home. If your dog is nonchalant when you get ready for work and goes to his bed or chills out as you leave the house, this is a positive sign that he’s confident you’ll return later in the day and loves you enough to trust that you will.
05. Your dog goes crazy when you come home from work
On the other hand, when you get home, your dog will most likely be all over you, whether they were relaxed or not when you left to go to work, this is a positive sign. We’ve all seen those videos of people coming back from university or a stint in the army and their dog being overjoyed at their return. Well, your return from work feels like this to a dog that loves you. A whole day without you, there’s so much to catch up on a dog that barks jump up and acts generally excited to see you absolutely loves you and can’t wait to go for a walk and spend the evening together.
04. your dog is playful and even rough with you
Your dog wants to play and is rowdy when you’re together. Of course, there’s a difference between a dog playfully roughhousing and being aggressive. So make sure you read the signs first. Most of us know our dogs pretty well, and if he goes crazy around the house and wants to play with you or chases you in the park, chances are he loves you a lot. Dogs are pack animals and test their skills and play with other members of their pack if you fit into that category you are loved. Make sure you play and run around with your dog a lot but don’t reward bad behavior such as nipping as your dog can get overexcited and not know where to draw the line.
03. Your dog follows you around
Sometimes, this can get annoying, especially if you’re no stranger to your dog lurking outside the bathroom when you’re on the toilet or in the shower, but it’s a sign of love. Dogs want to feel close to their friends and don’t want to spend too much time without you. So don’t worry if your dog intrudes on your personal space it’s just him saying that he loves you if you’re out on a walk together and he follows you or checks in with you if he’s running around the park and this is also a display that although he’s independent, he wants to make sure you’re okay, and has your back.
02. Your dog maintains eye contact with you for prolonged periods
If you don’t know it or if they are shy they won’t make eye contact as it can be seen as intimidating or dominant behavior, however, if your dog makes prolonged eye contact with you while you’re sitting on the couch or out for a walk it’s a display of trust love and that he recognizes you as the leader of his pack dogs respond to cues the same way as humans do, think about it if you don’t trust someone, or they make you feel uncomfortable you will try not to maintain eye contact, however, if the person you are talking to is interesting and you love them you will hold their gaze far more easily. If your dog’s eye contact is coupled with a wagging tail when he sees you, then he is happy that you’re around and doesn’t feel threatened in your home together.
01. Your dog’s body language is relaxed around you
One of the main ways to tell if your dog loves you is in his attitude when he’s near you, you’ll be able to know if he’s completely calm in your presence if he shows these signs floppy ears not alert – relaxed facial expression – possibly a slightly open mouth tongue showing but no teeth – relaxed tail moving slowly side to side generally calm or playful demeanor…).
If your dog displays these traits most of the time in your presence, he trusts you and loves your company. A dog that isn’t concerned about your presence and can relax around you means, he’s truly accepted you as one of his family. These signs in your dog are easy to spot, and we’re sure they’ve reassured you that he loves you with good training and giving him all the exercise and attention he needs, there’s no doubt your dog will love you more than anyone else. You’re his number one so remember to give your furry pal some extra attention today what does your dog do to show you he loves you tell us in the comments.