How can you tell if your dog loves you?
Here are some indicators that your dog really does love you for more than a fresh bag of kibble and a walk in the park:
- Your dog is happy to see you. Your dog may jump and bark and get over-emotional when you walk through the door. Or perhaps, he is more subtle and simply wags his tail to the right at the sound of your greeting.
- Your dog gives you presents. Sometimes your dog brings you his favorite toy ready to play, but often, he presents it as a gift. He wants to “share” his favored possession with the person he loves.
- Your dog puts you second only to food. Next to food, your dog craves you! Dogs live in the “now.” When they are hungry and are presented with a bowl full of food, they will forgo human interaction for the glory of a good meal. However, when the bowl is empty, dogs want you! Many dogs want to snuggle their owners after mealtime.
- Your dog likes to sleep with you. Dogs are inherently alert to threats in their environment and lay in a defensive position when sleeping in the wild. They place their noses to the wind to pick up threatening scents and their backs to other pack members to form a protective circle. The fact that they are willing to snuggle with you on the couch is a sign that they feel safe with you and consider you part of their pack. You are part of their inner family circle.
- Your dog looks at you with loving eyes. Making direct eye contact can be interpreted as an aggressive action in the canine community. When two dogs meet, one will look away in deference to the alpha dog. When your dog looks at you with eyes that are relaxed and pupils that are normal size, he is gracing you with a loving gaze.
- Your dog does not care about your appearance. If your dog cuddles you when you have stinky morning breath, after a sweaty work out, or when you have a crazy hair day, chances are it is a case of true love. Dogs really do love us unconditionally.
- Your dog follows you everywhere. If you feel like you can not take a step in the house without your dog at your heels, consider yourself loved. Dogs cling to you for more than just security. Unlike other human companions, they can not get enough of your company.