Aug. 24, 2018
We love our dogs as family members and we show them love in so many ways outside of their standard care taking. We buy them toys and special treats, and no matter how mischievous they are, we can’t stay mad at those cute faces for long! We do a lot to tell our dogs how much we love them, but how do our furry friends show they love you back? Obviously they can’t tell you in the same way a human family member can but when your pup does these 5 things, consider it their way of saying, “I love you too!”
Dogs are pack animals, and in the wild, wolves and other canines sleep huddled together with their fellow pack members. Sleeping is when dogs and even humans are at their most vulnerable.
Your dog is a long way from sleeping in a den with 10 of their closest wolf pack, but their wolf-life instincts are still there and love it or hate it, they can’t fall asleep without you. Part of this might have something to do with the warmth and comfort of your bed, but it’s mostly because your dog loves you. It’s their natural way of showing you they feel completely safe and comfortable with you. You’re part of their pack, and that’s an honor they don’t give to just anyone.
From your bedroom, to the kitchen and even into the bathroom, dogs that love their owners have a habit of following them everywhere they go. They recognize the fact you’re typically their source of food and shelter, but it is about more than that. As pack animals, dogs enjoy being with their families and the fact they follow you around is a sign of how much they love and trust you. You might trip over them on your way out of the shower, but being constantly by your side shows both loyalty and love.
If you’ve ever watched dogs playing at a dog park, you’ve probably noticed their favorite form of play looks a lot like wrestling. It can look intense, but this kind of playing is perfectly normal as long as it doesn’t escalate too far.
There’s always a level of trust that has to come with playing with a friend. You have to know your partner isn’t going to take advantage of you, and you need to be comfortable enough around them to let go. When your dog starts initiating this kind of play with you, consider it one of their greatest compliments, it’s their way of telling you not only that they trust you, but that they think you’re super fun to be around.
There are no sounds better to a dog lover than the “thump, thump, thump” of a happy dog’s wagging tail hitting the floor. Their tail starts wagging when they see food on its way, when they’re playing their favorite game, and most importantly, when their favorite people are around. Have you ever approached your dog when they’re lying calmly on the couch only to have their tail start wagging faster with every step closer you get? If you have, you have a clear answer to whether or not your dog loves you. They definitely do!
Although tail wagging isn’t always a sign of happiness, it’s generally displayed towards dog owners as a sign of affection. When a dog is wagging his tail loosely, and his body language is showing other signs of comfort and excitement, it’s safe to say he’s happy you’re around!
We all know there is nothing better after a long day than coming home to your pup and having a cuddle! Well in fact, if your pup comes to you for physical contact it is a sign that they feel safe and they are connected to you! This is the purest and simplest sign of affection there is!
If your pup is doing these things then you can be sure that your obsession with your four legged BFF is definitely reciprocated! We can all agree that the unconditional love between you and your pup is like nothing else!
Does your pup do anything else to show their love? Let us know in the comments!
Emily for PawHi