Five signs your dog loves you
The love we have for our dogs is precious and can create strong bonds that last a lifetime. Many owners wonder if their feelings are reciprocated by their four-legged friends.
Our dogs can be complicated creatures, so how can we really tell? Here are our top five ways of knowing that your dog loves you back.
Soft eye contact
Eye contact can mean many things, but dogs are naturally quite hesitant to make eye contact. When dogs stare at each other it can be uncomfortable between them, sometimes it is viewed as a challenge.
Think about when someone stares at you, how awkward and uncomfortable you can feel, it’s the same for dogs.
So, when your pup chooses to look at you with soft relaxed eyes, they trust you and, it could be argued, that trust is the highest form of love you can receive from your pooch.
Cuddling (on their terms)
Your dog can choose to curl up wherever they like. So, when they cuddle into you, they are actively choosing you.
This can vary from full body cuddles, to them leaning into you to ask for some love.
It’s important to remember that cuddling must always be on your dog’s terms. Some dogs will find the restriction of having someone’s arms around them, in an embrace, stressful and this can cause your dog to shy away from close contact with you.
Dog licking can be for a variety of reasons. One of the reasons your dog may lick you, will be affection. They are ultimately seeking attention from you, because they want to interact with you, and licking you is a very quick way to get your attention.