10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

Dogs are full of love, that is no secret. And they love to show us just how much they have to give.

10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

Generally, its not hard to tell when a dog is showing affection. But sometimes their action can be mistaken for affection, or vice versa – their affection can be mistaken for something completely different.

What do I mean? Take tail wagging for instance…

We assume that when a dog wags his tail, it means he’s happy and showing his love for us. But that is not always the case. Tail wagging can mean different things such as anxiety, stress etc…

Today, lets go over 10 ways your dog shows he loves you:

1. Tail Wagging

As mentioned above can most definitely be a sign of affection.

2. Shadow Pup

Do you notice your dog follows you around sometimes? While this can mean he needs something ( a potty break, food, etc) it can also be him wanting to just be near you. Your dogs need to be close to you is a sure sign of love.

3. Face Licker!

While some may find this intolerable… others will accept it on occasion and some even think its cute when their dog licks their face. Once again with face licking – it doesn’t always mean he is showing love for you, but most cases if your pooch is giving you a big wet sloppy kiss… he loves you.

4. Jumping

This unwanted behavior – your dog jumping up on you when you come home – may not be accepted, but still good to know the reason behind it. Your dog wants to come up to your level. As a pup, they learn to lick their mama’s face. Recognizing you as a parental figure, your dog wants to greet you by jumping up and attempting to get to that face of yours!

5. Ever Notice a Difference in Your Dog When You Are Ill?

Your dog might seem to act a bit different when you have come down with the flu, or even a cold. He might get clingy, or even worrisome. This is because he is concerned for you, and feels the need to watch over you.

6. Whether Your Dog Is Allowed on Your Bed or Not

It is still good to know that the reason Fido always wants up there, is because he instinctively feels the need to curl up and sleep with his pack. He sees you as part of his pack, and wants to lovingly snuggle you!

7. The Lean

Mostly common in medium to large breeds sized dogs, they tend to lean on your legs. Some think this is the dog trying to be dominant. However, dogs will lean on you to show affection.

8. Say Cheese!

Dogs do smile, just like we do, although not quite as obvious. If you know your pet well, it is not hard to see from his facial expression when he is upset, feeling playful, or feeling lovey dovey.

9. Rough Play

Undesirable, yes. But… your dog (generally) is not trying to hurt you, or be rough with you. Puppies play very rough with their litter mates as well as their mothers. Your dog is not trying to hurt you, just trying to play with the fam the way a dog knows best.

10. The Stare Down

When a dog locks eyes with you, some people still think that means they are challenging you. When in fact, they are showing you an extreme amount of love. Brian Hare, director of the Duke Canine Cognition Center tells us that oxytocin (a chemical released when new mothers and their babies instinctively bond) is also released when dogs stare at you, or even simply touch you.

Tell us, how does your dog show he loves you?

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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 everyday 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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15 Responses to 10 Ways Your Dog Shows He Loves You

  1. Dash Kitten says:

    Large dogs lean? OK this is one I didn’t know. Shame it’s not mall dogs (so I don’t risk falling over LOL!)

    I think they are like people. They show affection in some funny ways!

  2. Beth says:

    With three dogs, I get some of all the behaviors you mentioned. I feel very lucky and quite loved.

  3. Jana Rade says:

    What if a dog likes using you as an ottoman? LOL Cookie likes to sit on everybody. She also is a major licker. I never thought that I can make my way from hating it to accepting it to now enjoying it simply because I understand her motivation behind it.

  4. I saw this on a commercial, a vet said it: “someone is always happy to see me.”

    Being a dog walker/pet sitter, my clients are always happy, since they know fun time is coming. Seeing the smiles and tails wagging (actually their whole rear ends move) makes me happy. Some of the dogs I visit do “the lean”, I know it’s their way of saying they like me, it’s all good. Love my pet clients!

  5. What a great list! There are so many ways our dogs can show us affection, and I particularly love how they stick close when I’m feeling sick or sad. It is assuredly comforting. I hope I show my dogs just how much I love them every day.

  6. Mr. N does almost all these things except for leaning. He’s not big though.

  7. Each animal has their own unique ways of showing love and affection, and it’s important to understand them! One of my cats shows his affection by wrestling and whapping everyone. He’s a silly boy!

  8. Ruth Epstein says:

    Great points thank you. I always like to try decipher why she is doing something but go with the flow also, Layla is a licker big time and even wears a tag saying “If you can read this I will lick you” LOL plus I warn people with kids at the park that she loves to do it.

  9. Robin says:

    Dogs are amazing at showing affection to people! We could learn a lot from their positivity. My cats show a lot of affection too. Cats just speak a different “language”. They show they love you by wanting to be near you, initiating a petting session, grooming you, purring, and so much more. :)

  10. Cats have some of the same characteristics as dogs in showing affection for their humans. One unique way cats show trust is the blink. Truffle gives it to me all the time, but Brulee rarely shows it to me.

  11. Well Kilo the Pug must really love me. He face licks, jumps up, cuddles, stares, wags, shadows, plays rough and leans. I do think pugs are a particularly affectionate, loving little breed. He is hard to resist.

  12. when Montecristo locks eyes… he also does this little squint squint blink. It’s so adorable … my heart melts.

  13. Kia says:

    My dog does several of the things on this list. He’s definitely my little shadow <3

  14. Hope says:

    Our girl “Wee” is a beagle/dachshund and about 9″ tall at the shoulder. If you are sitting while petting and talking to her, she stands over your feet and leans on your shins.
    (she thinks she’s a lion)

  15. Anna Sakila says:

    I truly and fully believe dogs are our earth angels. My life would be empty without them, no exaggeration.

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