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Barks & Mewsings

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Five Signs Your Dog Loves You

By: Kelli Rascoe

Woman holding her Pomeranian

There’s nothing like the friendship of your furry friends. In fact, the human-pet bond is a special relationship. Naturally, your pet always seems to be there for you when you need them. From spending quality time together to cuddles on the couch, you may choose to show your affection in a variety of ways. But how does your pet show their affection to you? Read on to learn more about your dog’s personal communication style and the signs your dog loves you.

Signs your dog loves you

Smiling woman holds her Pomeranian

They greet you with a smile and a wagging tail

Whether you’ve been away from home for a few minutes or a few hours, your pet may never miss the chance to greet you at the door. If they’re waiting and welcome you with a wagging tail, loose body, and big smile, chances are your best friend missed you and they want to let you know how much you mean to them. Also, a wagging tail may have a variety of meanings depending on your furry friend. For an additional resource, check out this tail wags guide here.

They follow you around the house

If you have a constant sidekick, your furry family member may be trying to tell you they’re living their best life with you by their side. Whether you’re working from home or hanging out at home, your companion may be trying to let you know how much your friendship means to them. Does your dog need a new activity? Here are five tips for fun things to do with your dog around the house.

They welcome you with a playful bow

If you’re just starting your day and are greeted by your furry friend extending a bow, they may be trying to tell you. According to The Bark, “a play bow is typically an invitation to play for pets and humans.” Also, they may be trying to interact and play with you, because they want to spend more time with you.

For example, they may be saying “Hi, I like you, let’s hang out!” Later on, when you’re playing with your puppy, consider play bowing to your pet. It may give them a chance to learn cues or at least start a fun play session with their best friend.

They extend their paw to you

Whether you have a puppy, adult dog, or a multi-dog household, each furry friend has their own special ways of communicating. For example, one way of letting you know how they feel may involve pawing at you, as a way to get your attention.

In fact, some dogs may choose to use their paws as a way to stay connected to you or to show their affection. To learn more, read why does my dog paw at me article here.

They lick you or ‘burp’ in front of you

Affection from your furry friends may come in many forms. For example, this may include a lick, a cuddle, or even a burp. According to Psychology Today, “burps may be communicating a variety of things, including saying hello, or I love you.”

In this instance, I can say I have to agree with the publication. My Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix Salvatore never misses the chance to burp in my face after a long walk or play session. I’m pretty sure he’s letting me know how much he cares.

Woman holding her Pomeranian that licks her hand

Signs your dog loves you may come in the form of a lick or a wagging tail

Your puppy or adult dog may find their own individual way to show their affection, and that’s what makes them so unique. In fact, that’s one of the things I love most about my dogs, they always find interesting and new ways to show how much they care.

Whether you’re enjoying snuggles on the couch, a playful game of tug of war, or you have a furry friend always by your side, there’s nothing like the friendship of your dog.

A dog and cat snuggle

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