10 signs your dog loves you

Are you looking for signs that your dog loves you? This article lists 10 signs your dog loves you

10 signs your dog loves you

Are you looking for signs that your dog loves you? Then look no further because you’ll find them all in this article! 

Our canine companions are more open about their feelings than our feline companions, so it’s not difficult to figure out what they think of you. 

It’s important to note that every pet has a different love language that impacts how they express their affection. So, one dog may bring you gifts, while another may prefer to snuggle up next to you on the couch, and the other might like to run laps around you. 

We’ve compiled a list of the ten scientific signs to look out for to make deciphering their love signals easier for you. 

10 signs your dog loves you

Does your dog seek physical contact?

If your dog loves to cuddle up next to you, the chances are that it loves you. A good dog cuddle can make a bad day a whole lot better. 

When your dog curls up with you, you should feel pretty good about your connection with them. After all, they could cuddle up and sleep anywhere they wanted, and they chose to be with you! 

Physical affection can be beneficial to your dog’s relationship. This doesn’t mean that we’re suggesting that you pick up your dog and lock it in a bear hug. Pets, kisses, and perhaps even gentle hugs are great ways to bond with your dog. 

A common way dogs physically express their love is by rubbing their faces against their owners. When it comes to physical contact, dogs are similar to humans. They are only comfortable being around people they feel safe with or love. 

So, if your canine companion is eager to be near you, it’s a good sign that they feel loved, safe and secure in your company. 

Most dogs love to cuddle right after being fed. Watching you prepare their meals can excite them. You are making them fall in love with you all over again. 

After finishing their meals, they get lovey-dovey, so they cuddle to show it to their owners. 

Dog eye contact

Does your dog keep eye contact with you?

No, it’s not all in your imagination. When your dog looks at you with those big puppy eyes, that is a look of love. 

If you don’t like someone, you’re unlikely to spend much time looking them in the eyes. The same is true for dogs. Staring is a form of bonding that we all save for those we care about. 

When dogs stare at their owners, the brain releases a chemical called oxytocin, the same chemical that human mothers and babies release when they look at each other. This chemical is also called the love hormone and helps in bonding. 

Experts recommend teaching your dog to maintain eye contact early on. The best way to do this is when you’re playing or cuddling, the key is to keep natural eye contact. 

Don’t try to force eye contact with your dog, as it will most likely become irritated and look away. 

Dog following owner

Does your dog follow you around?

Having a dog around the house is sometimes like having a second shadow. If your dog follows you from room to room, it is always a good sign. 

Dogs like to show that they care by checking in on you and accompanying you wherever you go. You must be doing something right if your dog sticks to you. 

If a dog follows you around, it’s because they trust and love you. Whether you think having a four-legged shadow following you around the house is cute or annoying, your dog wanting to stay close to you is a sign of their love.

Because dogs are pack animals, they naturally prefer to spend time with the people closest to them. 

But don’t think it is a bad sign if your dog doesn’t always follow you into the kitchen when you get up from the couch. Some dogs are more self-sufficient than others, so just because they aren’t always by your side doesn’t mean they don’t love you. 

Dog licking owner

Does your dog lick you?

Licking is one of the most common ways for dogs to show their love and affection. It’s a natural response that they learned as puppies when their mother and siblings licked them. 

But don’t worry if your dog doesn’t lick you often, some dogs don’t get as many licks as puppies, and others prefer to show their affection in other ways. 

While not everyone enjoys a good old face lick, a dog’s lick is their version of a kiss. They typically give doggy kisses when they’re happy to see you or concerned about you. For dogs, licking is the first sign of affection. 

Puppies are licked by their mother as a way to groom and bond with them. They enjoy it because it causes their brain to produce endorphins, which are chemicals that make them calm and happy. 

Does your dog sleep next to you?

You might prefer that your dog spend the night in the expensive dog crate you got for them, but all dog parents know that this is usually not the case. 

Somehow they always end up snuggled right up beside you in your bedroom, and that’s a good sign that they love you. 

Dogs naturally want to be a part of a pack. It’s a relic of their wolf forefathers, who traveled, hunted, and slept in a pack. 

If your dog insists on sleeping in your bed or wants to sleep in the same room as you, you’re a member of its pack, and he doesn’t want to become separated from you. 

Dog sleeping in bed

Does your dog bring you gifts?

Does your dog ever greet you with his newest favorite object at the door? It can be a stuffed toy, a dirty sock, or even a stick they just found outside. Well, if that’s the case, you should consider yourself to be extremely lucky. 

If your dog regularly brings you presents, it means he wants to play with you. However, it could also mean that he gives you a gift to please you. 

Some experts believe it’s a harkening back to their wolf ancestors, who would bring the best pieces of the hunt to the pack’s alpha to demonstrate their loyalty. 

So the next time your dog brings you a dead squirrel, know that it comes from a place of love. A roughed-up dog toy or a dead animal may not hold a lot of significance to you, but it is one of your dog’s most prized possessions. 

It’s not for any light reason that they hand one to you during playtime. Your dog wants to share something with you that makes them happy in the hopes of making you feel included as well. 

Does your dog yawn with you?

According to a study, 70% of dogs yawned after seeing their owner yawn. According to the same study, yawning is also a sign of empathy, so it could be a show of love if your dog yawns with you. 

However, some experts believe it is a sign of comfort rather than love. 

Whatever the reason behind it is, one thing is for sure this is a sign of a man and dog’s emotional connection. 

Does your dog wag its tail around you?

Everyone knows that a dog’s wagging tail is usually a good sign. 

If a dog wags its tail, it is happy, but did you know that this is also a sign of affection towards its owner. 

Since relaxed dogs are more likely to wag their tails, they are also more likely to think well of their owners. 

Dog with owners shoes

Does your dog steal your clothes?

As annoying as it may be, there’s a reason your dog keeps stuffing your socks, shoes, and clothes into its mouth and stashing it in its hiding spot. 

They’re all covered in your scent!

If you get fed up with spending all morning looking for your work clothes, try giving your dog a few of your old clothes. 

Does your dog greet you when you come home?

Isn’t it great when your dog greets you at the door when you get home? It warms your heart when your four-legged friend rushes to the door every time they hear you come back. 

You don’t need science to understand what your dog says when she does the happy dog dance when you come home from work. It’s delighted to see her beloved human, who it considers the center of its universe. 

Let the giddy jumps, face-licking, and tail wags commence!

Do you think your dog loves you? Let us know in the comments below.

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