We love our dogs as if they are members of our families – because to us they are! We show our dogs we love them in so many ways outside of just their regular grooming and maintenance, by doing things like buying them special treats and toys.
But how do our dogs tell us they love us too? Sometimes it might feel like a one-sided relationship, but dogs love us just as much as we love them!
Playing with you
While it seems to come at the most inopportune times, our dogs sometimes get playful and try to wrestle with us. This is their natural way of playing! If you’ve ever watched your pup play with another dog, you’ll recognise he’s offering the same behaviour to you.
Wagging their tail
Although tail wagging isn’t always a sign of happiness, it’s generally displayed towards dog owners as a means of affection. WHen a dog is wagging his tail loosely, anmd hius body language is showing other signs of comfort and excitement, it’s safe to say he’s really happy you’re around!
Following you around
DOgs will follow their owners for a variety of reasons, including their knowledge that you’re typically the source of their food and shelter. But dogs are pack animals that enjoy being with their families, and following you around is just another clue that your pup likes to stick by your side because he loves you. So even though he might get in the way from time to time, it’s important to remember that he simply just wants your company.
Staring directly into your eyes
According the Brian Hare, a well-known dog expert, when your dog looks you in the eye, he is “hugging you with his eyes.” When your dog looks at you directly while playing or just hugging, oxytocin is released. Oxytocin is the same hormone that helps new mothers bond together with their pups.
Leaning on you
Sometimes a dog will lean on you because they are anxious and they trust you enough to protect and keep them safe.