10 Surprising Ways Your Dog is Saying “I Love You”

March 24, 2017

10 Surprising Ways Your Dog is Saying “I Love You”

Have you ever wished you could understand what your dog was thinking? While it may be difficult most of the time, there are certain successfully interpreted behaviors exhibited by dogs. People involved in the science of dog communications have discovered that, because of the long history of interaction between humans and canines, some unique methods of expression have evolved over time and are used by dogs to express their affection.

Directly looking into your eyes

Well-known dog expert Brian Hare has declared that when your dog stares directly into your eyes, it indicates that he is hugging you with his eyes. This staring during play time together, or when you happen to be cuddling, triggers the release of oxytocin, which is the same hormone that aids the bonding process between babies and mothers.

Imitating your yawn

Everyone knows that yawning can be contagious, but it's contagious to more than just humans. Because dogs can have such a close affinity with their humans, they to will often yawn when their beloved does. This imitating behavior does not hold true nearly as often when the dog is in company with a stranger.

Leaning on you

Dogs are anxious for the same kind of security and support that humans are, and a dog will often lean on you when he wants to do something or is anxious when he wants you to take him somewhere, or as a sign of his of affection for you.

Cuddling after a meal

Noted dog author Gregory Berns talks in his book How Dogs Love Us about the significance of a dog's actions after eating. Since eating is one of the primary motivators for a dog, it stands to reason that the actions immediately following a meal are the next strongest motivator, according to Berns.

Eyebrow wiggling

Dogs' facial expressions are telltale signs of what they're thinking. A study conducted in Japan exposed dogs, in succession, to a stranger, a dog toy, an item they disliked, and their dog parent. Only when recognizing the parent, did they exhibit significant eyebrow wiggling and facial movement.

Quietly watching you leave

A dog who panics when you exit the house is experiencing separation anxiety according to author Gregory Berns, but when a dog calmly accepts your departure, it's an indication that he loves and trust you to return soon.

Excitement over your return

Most people feel very excited when a loved one returns after a period of separation, and dogs exhibit that same affectionate behavior when their dog parent returns home. This excitement is one of the most distinctive ways that any dog can demonstrate affection for his dog parent.

Sleeping by your bed

A dog who consistently wants to sleep in your bedroom next to your bed is showing you how much she loves you, and according to author Berns, dogs who want to sleep in the bed next to you are demonstrating loyalty, because they don't want to be separated from the pack.

Offering you a favored toy

If a dog brings you his personal favorite toy, it doesn't just mean that he's ready for playtime. When he offers you something that means a lot to him, he's showing that he considers you to be the pack leader, and is trying to please you by offering you his favorite possession.

Returning your love

According to author Berns, dogs can tell whether you love them or not, and when they sense that you do, they are only too happy to return that love in kind. The flip side of that coin is that when you don't love your dog, he won't be returning anything to you either.

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