How Do Dogs Show They Love You?

As a generalization, every dog owner knows that their dog loves them and typically when their dogs are showing or telling them… “I love you”. It’s the sweetest thing and usually it’s quite obvious through their body language. These moments may be apparent but did you know that your dog can also be showing you affection in many other ways?

In this post we examine the question “how do dogs show they love you” and in particular we target the tell tale signs of dog affection.

We sourced some help from the website My Smelly to bring you this list…

How Do Dogs Show They Love You

How Do Dogs Show They Love You?

How Do Dogs Show They Love You?

Here is a list of common affection signs that your dog may reveal.

Licking – Why do dogs lick? Of course, there can be many reasons; one of them – they want to show how much they love you. In a way, it could be compared with human kissing.

Following you – When you love someone, you usually want to spend with him or her all your time. The same behavior is typical for dogs. Moreover, when you’re beside, they can protect you. However, this must not be confused with the separation anxiety. It’s a disorder when a dog gets very nervous when you leave and can never feel comfortable without you.

Rolling over – It’s one of the most common signs of affection and happiness. Moreover, it’s a sign of trust and an invitation for a tummy rub.

Jumping on your knees – Jumping can be an expression of love and a way to greet you. But remember that sometimes dogs jump in an attempt to assert dominance: usually, people respond to such behavior right away, and dogs grasp it very well. So, remember to be a good pack leader and do not encourage your dog to do so unless it’s really what you want it to do.

Wagging the tail – “A dog can express more with his tail in seconds than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.” – Author unknown. The quote says it all.

Resting the head on your lap – A sign of love, trust, and an invitation for you to pet your companion.

Rubbing the body against your legs like a cat  – Even though it may be surprising, some dogs really do this to show us affection.

Trying to get your attention – They do this in a variety of ways, the basic idea being to show their devotion. However, in some cases, such behaviour is an attempt to assert dominance and rule the household. Do not forget that too much attention may spoil the dog and undermine your leading position. When you are not happy with your dog begging for attention, do let it know about it with a verbal command in a firm and confident voice, or another correction method. You can also ignore the dog until it calms down. Give it attention only when it is calm and obedient. If you give your dog affection while it’s begging for it, you reinforce the unwanted behaviour.

Whimpering sounds – Sometimes with further puffing or quiet growling, and then barking if you haven’t reacted. It’s one of the ways to get your attention. See the paragraph above.

Staring at you – Probably, you have seen that look: “You are my owner, my heaven and hell.”

Source: My Smelly

You should note though that whilst these signs are typically signs of affection and your dog showing love, they can also mean other things. For example, staring at you can mean other things and we made a post about it here… Why Does My Dog Stare At Me All The Time?  Another example is that licking can be a type of manipulation your dog is putting over you. Dogs get conditioned to understand that most owners will react positively to them licking so they sometimes do it to get your attention or ask for something.

And of course, every dog is unique and has different characters and personalities. As such, the way they express love and affection will be different. I’m sure your beloved dog has unique ways of showing love just for you :-)

We hope this post answered the question “how do dogs show they love you“. If it did, please let us know by clicking LIKE. Also, we know the list is not exhaustive so if your dog shows you love and affection in a different way, please let us know using the comments box below.

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