Behaviors and Training

10 super sweet signs that your dog loves you

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…

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1. They stare at you for extended periods of time. Love you! Love you! Love you!

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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

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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

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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

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6. Watching you leave the house calmly

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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

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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.