Dogs love their humans. They have a ton of love to give, that much is obvious.
It isn’t hard to see how dogs show us affection, but what about the subtle ways that your dog shows you their love? Learning to pick up signs that your dog is showing you affection is actually quite interesting, and today, I will share 5 ways dogs show you their love, that you may not have thought of.
Anyone knows that when a dog wags their tail, they are happy or showing signs of affection - (thank you captain obvious) – but did you know that is not always the case? A wagging dog tail can also be a sign of anxiety, nervousness, and even curiosity.
Let’s Go Over Some Not So Common Ways That a Dog Will Show You He Loves You:
1. Your Dog Will Follow You Around
Sometimes, this can be a wee bit annoying, go on, admit it! BUT, did you know that when your dog is following you around like a little lost puppy (pun intended!) they are seeking your attention, and showing you they care? It’s true!
Your dog will follow you around the house for 2 common reasons. The first being a hope for food… the second being the fact that they are simply showing you that they love you, and are in need of some extra snuggle time at that particular moment.
2. Jumping Up on You
Yep, I know… this habit that we work so hard on teaching our dog NOT to do. So you might be wondering, how on earth does a dog jumping on me, mean that he loves me? According to my research, when dogs are just young pups, they will lick their moms face to show them affection, and when they attempt to jump up on us, they could be trying to reach our face to give us a lick. They recognize that we are their parent, and try to act accordingly so.
If you think about any litter of puppies that you have ever seen – most often, they cuddle up and sleep together during nap times. They do this for 2 reasons; to keep warm, and to feel comfortable with their family/siblings. When they sleep next to us in bed, it is for their own comfort, to show us their love, and be part of the family.
4. Ever Notice Your Dog Is Extra “Lovey” When You Are Feeling Under the Weather?
Your dog can tell when something isn’t right. Their instincts will take over as they pour their love out to you, in order to help you feel better.
5. Crotch Sniffing
Sounds gross right?
But hey, it is what it is, and there is a good reason why some dogs do this. To them, sniffing at your crotch area is pretty much the same as a hug or a handshake.
There are so many people out there who consider dogs to just be something which people should use for guarding purposes, or work only. That we humanize our pets far too much, and that the fact that a dog both feels love, and shows love, is ridiculous. Well to them I say, HA! If only these people could allow themselves to feel the love a pet has to offer, maybe they would change their tune.
How about you and your pets?
How does your pet show you their love?
Jenna Drady is the author and creator of ownedbyahusky.ca. She is a mother of two beautiful daughters and 3 Siberian Huskies. Being a husky mom for a long duration of her life, Jenna was inspired to begin writing about them. In doing so, she began doing massive research on dog behavior, and all things dog in general. Jenna is inspired every day by her family, and loves to bring her readers valuable information as well as a little humor too! Jenna has created her own business partnered with her lovely mother while blogging called Pawz N Clawz Jewelry N Things. They currently sell handmade jewelry with added pet charms, as well as a few dog toys too! As an animal rights activist, and huge believer in helping pets who have been stuck in shelters, they donate a portion of their sales to local shelters throughout Canada.