5 Ways Dogs Show You Their Love

Love and How Your Pet Dog Will Show It to You…Dogs love their humans. They have a ton of love to give, that much is obvious.

It isn’t hard to see how dogs show us affection, but what about the subtle ways that your dog shows you their love? Learning to pick up signs that your dog is showing you affection is actually quite interesting, and today, I will share 5 ways dogs show you their love, that you may not have thought of.

Anyone knows that when a dog wags their tail, they are happy or showing signs of affection - (thank you captain obvious) – but did you know that is not always the case? A wagging dog tail can also be a sign of anxiety, nervousness, and even curiosity.

Let’s Go Over Some Not So Common Ways That a Dog Will Show You He Loves You:

1. Your Dog Will Follow You Around

Sometimes, this can be a wee bit annoying, go on, admit it! BUT, did you know that when your dog is following you around like a little lost puppy (pun intended!) they are seeking your attention, and showing you they care? It’s true!

Your dog will follow you around the house for 2 common reasons. The first being a hope for food… the second being the fact that they are simply showing you that they love you, and are in need of some extra snuggle time at that particular moment.

2. Jumping Up on You

Yep, I know… this habit that we work so hard on teaching our dog NOT to do. So you might be wondering, how on earth does a dog jumping on me, mean that he loves me? According to my research, when dogs are just young pups, they will lick their moms face to show them affection, and when they attempt to jump up on us, they could be trying to reach our face to give us a lick. They recognize that we are their parent, and try to act accordingly so.

Love and How Your Pet Dog Will Show It to You: Sleeping With You3. Sleeping With You

If you think about any litter of puppies that you have ever seen – most often, they cuddle up and sleep together during nap times. They do this for 2 reasons; to keep warm, and to feel comfortable with their family/siblings. When they sleep next to us in bed, it is for their own comfort, to show us their love, and be part of the family.

4. Ever Notice Your Dog Is Extra “Lovey” When You Are Feeling Under the Weather?

Your dog can tell when something isn’t right. Their instincts will take over as they pour their love out to you, in order to help you feel better.

5. Crotch Sniffing

Sounds gross right?

But hey, it is what it is, and there is a good reason why some dogs do this. To them, sniffing at your crotch area is pretty much the same as a hug or a handshake.

There are so many people out there who consider dogs to just be something which people should use for guarding purposes, or work only. That we humanize our pets far too much, and that the fact that a dog both feels love, and shows love, is ridiculous. Well to them I say, HA! If only these people could allow themselves to feel the love a pet has to offer, maybe they would change their tune.

How about you and your pets?
How does your pet show you their love?

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jenna drady headshotJenna Drady

Jenna Drady  is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too!  As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.

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62 Responses to 5 Ways Dogs Show You Their Love

  1. De Hufford says:

    Ha! Is right. They just aren’t paying attention!

  2. MattieDog says:

    Great post, these are all true! One of the things our pups do is nuzzle you with their nose – sort of softly push you just a tiny bit with their tiny snouts and then curl up behind you!

    Mattiedog, A Little Dog Making a Big Difference in This World

  3. Lisa says:

    Great article…love the crotch sniffing point!!!! Who knew LOL!!

  4. Great post! I show my humans I love them all them all the time! :) Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  5. Cathy Armato says:

    My dogs show their love to us in pretty much all of these ways. Some of them not quite as enjoyable, particularly #’s 2 and 5 LOL!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  6. Love this! All great ways, even though some can be annoying. I’m sure I annoy my dog back sometimes, so we’re even.

  7. It’s good to know crotch sniffing is a sign of love – my Dad’s previous dog used to do that all the time.

  8. Mr. N likes to stare up into my eyes and solicit petting.

  9. Sounds like us kitties except for the sniffing part… We like to sniff our human’s head or feet! Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey kitties

  10. Heather says:

    I’m glad to know that although Chuleta is a senior, she still does things like follow me around and scratch at the side of the bed for me to pick her up! She could have abandoned me in her old age.

  11. The pups are loving me extra this week….with us being snowed in…they have literately followed me everywhere. every time i go to the bath room, laundry room. lol they might be board! We’re gonna go explore in the snow tomorrow! lol

  12. Great post ! The crotch sniffing point would lead to some smacky paws by us though, MOL ! Purrs

  13. Jodi Clock says:

    Great post – your “voice” / passion comes through when you write. Many people forget some of the great points you relayed.

  14. I’ve heard a lot of people say that cats and dogs don’t feel emotions, but they certainly do, and they show unconditional love. There is so much we can learn from our pets when we open our hearts and minds to them.

  15. Having a dog means never going to the bathroom alone…ever!

  16. Robin says:

    It is amazing how many different ways that our pets show us affection. My kitties are very affectionate. They love just to be near me and my husband. I’ve had dogs in the past too and they definitely did all of the things you’ve described here. :)

  17. Kilo the pug is always showing how much he loves me- tail wagging, nuzzling, sniffing, jumping up, pug hugs, licks, and snuggles. Such a pushy little cutie.

  18. All these behaviors are fascinating- I watch our pack all the time – I also watch for signs like yawning and licking lips are displaecment behavior for anxiety.

  19. Dogvills says:

    Yup, I know my fur babies love me because they do those things.

  20. Sadie says:

    Isn’t it great to be loved!? I feel truly blessed as I recognize all of the signs. Thanks.

  21. Kia says:

    Looove this! LOL funny and cute :)

  22. Thank you I really enjoyed this post.

  23. We cats show love in a similar fashion, except we don’t jump on you or sniff your crotch. MOL

  24. Beth says:

    My dogs definitely show their love for me except #5. I think that is a bonus of small dogs.

  25. Mary says:

    Great list!

    I don’t get to see my parent’s dog that often, and she always follows me all around the house. :)

  26. Rachel says:

    I love that Rooney follows me around and always wants to know what I am up to!

  27. Mary Haight says:

    Tashi shows love by choosing to be near me, actively trying to engage, and wanting cuddle time =) Never one to sniff in crotches, TG!

  28. Mary Haight says:

    Tashi shows love by choosing to be near me, actively trying to engage, and wanting cuddle time =) Never one to sniff in crotches, TG! I feel sorry for those who don’t think dogs have that capacity. I agree — they’re not paying attention.

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