We all want our dogs to love us whether we buy them as a puppy or rescue them from the shelter we fall in love with them immediately and want to show them that same love and affection for the rest of their lives most of us take it as a given that our dogs will love us back but how do you know if your dog loves you since he can't open his mouth and just tell you. You can't so in order to solve this problem we made a list of eight ways to know your dog loves you
Your dog cuddles up with you if your dog wants physical contact with you or tries to get up on the sofa to cuddle with you he wants to be near you and considers you a friend dogs can be independent but you know they all want affection in some form or another whether it's a simple scratch behind the ear or hours of snuggling on the sofa you are one of his main priorities so give him lots of attention and let him know you feel the same way too.
Your dog does or would love to sleep on your bed so you thought your dog only wanted to sleep on your bed because it's comfier than his right well that might be partially true experts say the dogs want to sleep with their owners or in their beds because of their canine pack mentality a dog usually sleeps next to its pack and if you're loved by your dog he wants to sleep next to you although this can be tough if you have a Great Dane or a breed that's really hairy let your dog sleep close to you as it's a sign of love well that or because he likes the look of your memory foam mattress
Your dog is comfortable when you leave the house although we often think that our dogs going crazy when we leave the house is a display of love it can actually sometimes be a worrying sign if your dog is concerned when you leave the house barks or runs around it could be a sign that they are worried you're leaving him this is a common trade and rescued dogs that have been abandoned and will calm down after a few times of your coming home if your dog is nonchalant when you get ready for work and goes to his bed or chills out as you leave the house this is a positive sign that he's confident you'll return later in the day and loves you enough to trust that you will
Your dog goes crazy when you come home from work on the other hand when you get home your dog will most likely be all over you whether they were relaxed or not when you left to go to work this is a positive sign we've all seen those videos of people coming back from university or a stint in the army and their dog being overjoyed at their return well your return from work feels like this to a dog that loves you a whole day without you there's so much to catch up on a dog that barks jumps up and acts generally excited to see you absolutely loves you and can't wait to go for a walk and spend the evening together
Your dog is playful and even tough with you. Your dog wants to play and is rowdy when you're together, of course, there's a difference between a dog playfully roughhousing and being aggressive so make sure you read the signs first most of us know our dogs pretty well and if he goes crazy around the house and wants to play with you or chases you in the park chances are he loves you a lot dogs are pack animals and test their skills and play with other members of their pack if you fit into that category you are loved to make sure you play and run around with your dog a lot but don't reward bad behavior such as nipping as your dog can get overexcited and not know where to draw the line.
Your dog follows you around sometimes this can get really annoying especially if you're no stranger to your dog lurking outside the bathroom when you're on the toilet or in the shower but it's a sign of love dogs want to feel close to their friends and don't want to spend too much time without you so don't worry if your dog intrudes on your personal space it's just him saying that he loves you if you're out on a walk together and he follows you or checks in with you if he's running around the park and this is also a display that although he's independent he wants to make sure you're okay and has your back.
Your dog maintains eye contact with you for prolonged periods if you don't know it or if they are shy they won't make eye contact as it can be seen as intimidating or dominant behavior however if your dog makes prolonged eye contact with you while you're sitting on the couch or out for a walk it's a display of trust love and that he recognizes you as the leader of his pack dogs respond to cues the same way as humans do think about it if you don't trust someone or they make you feel uncomfortable you will try not to maintain eye contact however if the person you are talking to is interesting and you love them you will hold their gaze far more easily if your dog's eye contact is coupled with a wagging tail when he sees you then he is happy that you're around and doesn't feel threatened in your home together.
Your dog's body language is relaxed around you one of the main ways to tell if your dog loves you is in his attitude when he's near you. You'll be able to tell if he's completely calm in your presence if he shows these signs floppy ears not alert relaxed facial expression possibly a slightly open mouth tongue showing but no teeth relaxed tail moving slowly side to side generally calm or playful demeanor if your dog displays these traits most of the time in your presence he trusts you and loves your company a dog that isn't concerned about your presence and can relax around youth means he's truly accepted you as one of his family.
These signs in your dog are easy to spot and we're sure they've reassured you that he loves you with good training and giving him all the exercise and attention he needs there's no doubt your dog will love you more than anyone else you're his number one so remember to give your furry pal some extra attention today what does your dog do to show you he loves you tell us in the comments.