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12 Signs Your Dog Loves You and How to Be the Person Your Dog Loves

James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

Dog looking up in love

Dog looking up in love

Signs Your Dog Loves You

Have you ever wondered if your dog loves you? Our furry family members show their feelings, such as love, in very adorable ways. The bond between an owner and dog explains a lot when it comes to behavior. This vital interaction can make the difference between a loving relationship and a contentious one. Read on to find out the signs that your dog loves you. If you find that some of these don't apply, don't worry! Below will be tips on how to give your pet the best possible life (so you can become the person they love).

1. Your dog licks you.

Basically, licking is a form of kissing for dogs. They show their love by licking the hands or cheeks of their owners to show that they love them. It is a form of affection for puppies, too, when their mothers lick their heads. By licking you, your dog is showing its love.

2. They want to cuddle all the time.

Most dogs want to cuddle right after you have fed them. Preparing their meals can get them excited and jumpy. Making them love you more and more. After finishing their meals, they tend to get really lovely and happy, so they cuddle to show it to their owners.

3. They stay calm when you leave.

The best feature about dogs is that they are keepers, literally, and they would do anything for you once you gain their trust and love. Their love truly shows if you leave the house and they stay calm. It is because they believe in you that you will return to them. How moving is that?

4. They give you a doggy smile.

When your dog is completely relaxed and in a good mood, they will give you doggy smiles all the time. Even if they hear your voice, they will get up and start smiling at you. This is a sign of love.

5. They give you direct eye contact.

Without bonding with your dog, you cannot gain their love and affection. There is a major sign of good bonding and love—it's eye contact. If your dog looks directly into your eyes then they are actually telling you how much you mean to them!

6. They run and jump around you.

If you get home and your dog starts running and jumping around you excitedly, then that means they love you and you mean a lot to them. They care for you, and it is a sign of love.

Dog laying on man's chest

Dog laying on man's chest

7. They lift their eyebrows.

Lifting of the eyebrow is another sign of love for a dog. This means they are trying to communicate with you in a loving way. This is also known as a window to their soul.

8. They lean against you.

When your dogs want attention and are seeking your love, then they might lean against you and look at you. This is a sign of love and wanting to be loved back in return.

9. They steal your clothes.

If you get home and see your clothes such as hoodies, socks, and shirts lying around the house, then it means your dog loves you as your clothes have your scent in them which makes your dog feel secure.

10. They yawn in your presence.

When dogs start yawning, it is because they feel comfortable around you and are showing their love to you. They want you to make them feel warm and snuggled up.

11. Your dog likes to sleep in your bed.

If your dog feels more comfortable sleeping in your bed with you rather than its own bed, then it means this is a sign of love coming from them.

12. They sense your love.

Dogs are like little human babies who can immediately sense the behavior of people in their surroundings. If you love them, then they love you in the same way, and they will return that love back practically.

Man instructing dog

Man instructing dog

How to Show Your Dog You Love Them Back

You’ve probably heard the common saying which says that dogs are a man’s best friend. It’s fair to say that thousands of years of selective breeding has given rise to a plethora of dog breeds that depend entirely on humans for sustenance. That being said, our furry family members deserve the best life we can offer them.

Dogs and Toys

Dogs have incisors that grow from a young age. To facilitate that process, they actively require something that they can chew on from time to time. This is the reason why puppies are encouraged to have toys around them that they can chew from time to time and grow their teeth out.

Since dogs are playful and curious by nature, you can virtually get your dog toys at any age. The general rule is that if your canine isn’t responding well to the toy or chooses to ignore them, then you should stop. Likewise, it’s also important to have variety lest your dog gets bored.

Dogs and Exercise

As mentioned above, dogs are energetic and require that their attention be diverted from time to time. For this, it’s of utmost importance to take your dog out for walks at least once a day. A recent study mentioned that the average dog got about 1,000 miles of walking yearly with its owner. However, this data also includes stats from dogs playing fetch with their owners and similar activities in which they run around a lot.

A simple walk around the block can often get boring and redundant. This is why it’s important to take your dog to the park as well. The average dog is taken to the dog park about three times a week. However, there are a few rules that need to be adhered to before you take your dog to the park strictly.

Canine Healthcare

If you have a dog or are planning to get a dog, then it is your duty to ensure that you keep it up to date with all the healthcare procedures. This includes visits to the vet, neutering when young, and vaccinations,

You should take your dog to the vet at least once a year for their annual checkup. However, if you see any issues or problems that are getting out of hand, don’t wait it out. It’s better to be safe and sorry.

As far as grooming is concerned, make sure that your canine is clean and tidy. A weekly bath is what’s required at most, along with the occasional nail trim. This meticulous attention to detail is also required regarding your dog’s sleeping habits. Make sure that you get them the right pillow and inculcate the habit of sleeping with it at a young age.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 James Livingood


malini on April 10, 2020:

thanks for the knowledge...finally i get to know that my dogs really love me!!!!