Just like a child, our dogs can feel an array of emotions. They aren’t just our pets; they’re our babies, our family. I mean, would you really be reading this article if you weren’t obsessed with your dog? I’m not a dog psychologist but I can always tell when my pooch is down.
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Here are six signs your dog is happy:
- They want to be near you
When my dog is happy he gets close… sometimes a little too close. From nudging my hand, laying his head on my lap or licking my dirty toes, he’s affectionate. He shows me he loves me with his cuddles.
- They look deeply into your soul
My dog looks at me like every girl wants to be looked at…with love and adoration. Sometimes we stare at each other for hours. Okay, not hours but it’s a really long time.
- They want to play
Just like humans, if a dog is excited about the day and shows playfulness, it usually means they’re happy. If your dog is bringing you toys, balls, sticks, etc, that’s good! They like you. They really like you. Now go outside and keep them entertained!
- They are visibly relaxed
Is your dog lounging on the couch, basking in the sun, taking power naps all day and sleeping soundly at night? That usually means your dog feels safe and secure. They feel at home at the house and with you.
- They don’t completely freak out when you leave
It’s normal for your dog to be a little upset when you leave, but they shouldn’t feel as if the earth is crumbling underneath them. If your dog barks or whines the majority of the time you’re gone, it might mean they don’t trust you’re coming back. Show them you’ll come home and when you do give them lots of love.
- They eat their food
Although some dogs are pickier eaters than others, it’s a good indication your dog is happy if they’re eating. I once went on a 3-day road trip with my pup and he barely touched his dog food the entire time. He ate a french fry or two, because who wouldn’t, but I knew the stress of the road trip was causing him to not eat. A happy dog means a healthy appetite.
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