Thanks to a breakdown from Wisdom Health’s veterinary genetics research manager, Dr. Angela Hughes DVM PhD, people can now figure out the ways their furry friends are attempting to show their adoration. Whether you’re a feline-friendly household, or prefer a clan of canines, these ways your pet shows their love will have you seeing their affection in a brand new light.
5 General Signs Your Dog Loves You Courtesy of Dr. Hughes: 1. Tail wagging: A dog can express many emotions through their tails, but a happy, relaxed dog will show it by a friendly tail wag often with a smile on their face. 2. Spending time with you/following you everywhere: As dogs were developed from the wolf, which are known for their loyalty to the pack and sociability, our dogs are the same way, and they show it by wanting to be in our space – following us around from room to room as we move about the house. 3. Licking you: Another carry-over from their wolf ancestors who would lick their mother’s faces to indicate that they were hungry, the modern dog uses this instinct to let us know that they care about us and are not a threat. They will also do it as an act to groom you which is another way to show intimacy. 4. Leaning on you/sitting in your lap/being in contact: Dogs will show their affection and attention by leaning against you, curling up in your lap, or just resting a nose or paw on you. They also often like to sleep with you (if allowed) similar to how wolf packs sleep together. 5. Play: Depending on the dog, this can take many forms from retrieving games to chasing games to rolling around on the ground together. Most dogs love to engage you in play as a means of showing affection and forming a bond, not to mention getting out a little of their energy.