I have always fantasized about having the same powers as Doctor Dolittle — mostly because knowing exactly what animals are thinking and feeling would make us dog caring machines!
Wouldn’t it be great if you had the same sixth sense as Dr Doolitle? Knowing what animals are thinking when they stare at you is something every human should put on their super power WANT! List.
For instance, why does my dog bark at the vacuum cleaner or hide in a corner when I’m drying the dishes?
I don’t think I’ll ever know the answers to those questions, but thanks to new developments in the science of dog communication, I now know whether or not my dog loves me.
Studies have found that dogs have certain “powers” or enhanced physical senses. Because dogs and humans have co existed for so long, they’ve found that your k9 has developed certain ways to look at us humans when they want to say “I Love you!”
The signs are very subtle and they’re not always obvious, but as we break down in this exclusive, all you need to know are the tiny signs that prove your dog’s love for you…
Table of Contents
- 1 1. They stare at you for extended periods of time. Love you! Love you! Love you!
- 2 2. Yawning when you yawn
- 3 3. Leaning on you
- 4 4. Cuddles after a meal
- 5 5. Making expressive eyebrow movements. Like lifting or wiggling their brow.
- 6 6. Watching you leave the house calmly
- 7 7. Going absolutely mental when you return
- 8 8. Sleeping in your room
- 9 9. Bringing you his toy
- 10 10. Sharing the love with kisses
1. They stare at you for extended periods of time. Love you! Love you! Love you!
On a 60 Minutes segment, Anderson Cooper met with Brian Hare, a well-known dog expert, to discuss how dogs express love. According to Hare, when your dog looks you in the eye, he is “hugging you with his eyes.”
Studies have also found that cuddling your dog releases oxytocin which is the same hormone mothers use when bonding with their newborn child.
2. Yawning when you yawn
We all know yawning is contagious, but did you know that that contagion spreads to the animals we love too. Studies have shown that dogs yawn more when their owners yawn and they’re more likely to yawn with their owner than with a stranger. So the next time you see your pup yawning, you know he loves you!
3. Leaning on you
Songwriters have written songs about leaning on your friends, family and each other for mutual support and security. Sometimes your dog will lean on you because they are anxious and need reassurance, but leaning is also a symbol of affection.
4. Cuddles after a meal
In his book, How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns, if your dog cuddles with your after eating, it’s a strong sign that they do indeed love you.
Now it could also mean that your dog is trying to find a cosy place to sleep, and your chest is the best place for that.
5. Making expressive eyebrow movements. Like lifting or wiggling their brow.
We all know that you can read a dogs mood by their tail but did you know looking at their facial expressions is just as good an indication that they’re happy or sad?
Dogs can also show their expression by lifting their ears back or forward. Usually when a dog’s ears are back it means that they’re cautious and bracing for danger. Their ears are very sensitive so leaning them back on their heads protects them from imminent danger.
When they lean their heads and ears forward it’s usually an indication of curiosity and intrigue. You’ll probably notice this when you’re about to take them for a walk or perhaps when they’re ready for some treats!
6. Watching you leave the house calmly
Some dogs show anxiety when you leave the house, this could potentially mean that they have separation issues. Try and come back quicker than usual and at different intervals to assure them that you will be coming back. If your dog is content and happy when you leave then it usually means that they trust you and they understand that you’re going to be coming back in due course.
7. Going absolutely mental when you return
There’s nothing more pleasing and happy to us when we see our dogs go crazy and freaking out when we get home from a hard day at the office. It makes us feel specials and seeing their tail wag and them running around like crazy is one of the most rewarding things you can experience as a dog owner.
It’s a great thing we like it because it’s one of the best ways a dog shows us that they love us.
8. Sleeping in your room
Dogs like to know where their beds are and where they can make a den. Sleeping in your room on the bed or next to your bed means that your dog feels like they belong in your pack. You might be the pack leader but your pup knows that sleeping with you in your room means they love you and expect you to care for them.
According to Gregory Berns, if a dog wants to sleep on your bed, it’s a good test of his loyalty because he doesn’t want to be separated from the pack.
9. Bringing you his toy
Giving your dog a toy to play with is your way of showing you he loves you, but what does it mean when your dog brings you his favourite toy?
It might not always mean that they’re looking to play. They’ll bring you their favourite toy because they love you and they know that you’re the pack leader. They are essentially offering you their most prized possession and if you love it as much as they love it then they feel a stronger bond with you and a stronger part of the pack you’re both in.
10. Sharing the love with kisses
And finally the best way we can show we love our dogs and they can show they love us in return is by giving each other kisses and licks. Our dogs love to give us a little lick, sometimes even for no reason. This is a sure way they can show you they love you.