Dogs have evolved to live with humans for thousands of years. Humans and dogs appeared to have evolved together and forged a human-animal bond that’s truly unbreakable.
Dog owners show their love and affection for their dogs in many ways, but they wonder if the dogs feel the same way. If you’re having doubts, these 10 telltale signs prove that your dog loves you as much as you love him.
1. Your dog keeps bringing you things
If your dog keeps coming up to you and giving you his favourite toy, it means he wants to engage with you. The last time you played together gave him so much enjoyment that he wants to do it again. Pet behaviour specialist Rosie Barclay says that your pooch will keep coming back to you if he enjoys spending time with you.
2. Your dog likes to cuddle with you
Dogs are not really fond of hugs, but they love cuddles, no matter the dog breed. Whilst full-body hugs raise their stress levels, cuddles, on the other hand, relieve their stress. It’s also their way of showing affection.
If your dog likes to hop on your couch to snuggle with you, it means he really likes you. Dogs leaning on you also means that they trust you and feel secure around you.
3. Your dog wags his tail to the right when he sees you
Tail wagging is a mood meter among dogs. According to a study, if a dog is happy, he usually wags his tail to his right. If your furry buddy does this when he sees you, it means he’s so pleased to be around you.
4. Your dog maintains eye contact with you
If humans hug with their arms, dogs do so with their eyes. Researchers observed that a dog staring at you means he has much respect and affection for you. Sustaining eye contact with your pooch can boost love hormones. So, the next time your dog stares at you, bask in his affection by staring back at him.
5. Your dog listens to you
If your dog responds to your call even when he’s busy exploring, you know what his prioritise is.
6. Your dog wiggles and lifts his brows
Animal research in Japan in 2013 found that dogs move their left brow when they see a person they love. An experiment revealed that dogs move their brows more when they see their owners (as opposed to strangers or unfamiliar objects).
7. Your dog yawns and smiles at you
If your dog yawns after you yawn, it means he is mirroring your action because of biological empathy. This contagious yawning is a sign that he cares about you more than other people.
Also, a dog who loves you is naturally relaxed around you. This shows in his mouth, which will likely be loose instead of tight. He will also have a loose tongue, giving you a somewhat smiley expression.
8. Your dog is still affectionate even after feeding
Dogs are very much motivated by food so they never say no to a treat. As such, what they do after they eat shows what’s really important to them. So, if your dog still goes to you for a cuddle after a meal, it means he really loves you. He seeks your company even when he doesn’t need food.
9. Your dog is calm when you leave
If your dog is just chill when you walk out the front door, it means he trusts you and knows you will return.
10. Your dog is happy when you return home
If you walk into your home to a happy dog wiggling his tail in greeting, it’s obvious that he loves you.
Signs of affection should not necessarily involve excited jumping, licking, and barking. Tail wagging and the body waggle are also subtle signs of unwavering love and affection.
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Dogs can instinctively tell if a person loves them or not. If you love your dog, you can be sure he will love you in return.