5 Ways Your Dog Show Affection
As pet parents, we love our furry family members and know that they love us, too! It’s easy for us to show affection towards our pups with treats, belly rubs, long walks, or a cuddle session. However, do you ever wonder how our pups try to show us they care?
They may not talk, but dogs are great communicators and are constantly displaying their love and loyalty. Dogs show their affection in some obvious ways, while others are a bit more subtle – you just have to know what to look for! Take a look at these five ways dogs show they care:
LOOKS YOU IN THE EYE
Eye contact is a very intimate act for many dogs, as it displays affection and trust. When your pup looks you in the eye, their brain releases oxytocin, which is the same hormone that helps a new mother bond with her baby. The release of oxytocin makes you both feel good while displaying trust and strengthening your bond.
LEANS ON YOU
When your dog is feeling anxious, nervous, wants something, wants to cuddle, or is just looking for some extra security and comfort, they may lean against you. Your pup leans into you as a source of comfort and affection or to protect you from any danger they sense. Whatever the reason, leaning against you makes your dog feel safe and secure and is one way they show that they love you!
BRINGS YOU THEIR TOYS
By now, you are probably aware of how possessive your pup is with their favorite toys. So, when they bring you their most prized possessions, that is their way of telling you you’re loved. By gifting you with their things, your dog not only want to play, but they think you will love their wet, drooled-on toy just as much as they do. Sharing is caring!
CHECKS UP ON YOU/FOLLOWS YOU
Although dogs are very social animals, they do enjoy alone time as well. They may wander off to investigate a noise or take a nap in a quiet place, but they often check in on their pet parents without being called on. Your pup does not understand when you need alone time which means wherever you go, they enjoy following you. It’s their way of displaying love and loyalty.
JUMPS ON YOU
Although many pet parents see jumping up as a bad habit, to your pup it is a way of displaying love and attention. Dogs are drawn to human faces and by jumping up on you, it is a way to get closer to give you a welcoming lick. Jumping can undoubtedly be a frustrating habit, so taking the time to train your pup to know when enough is enough is a great way to let them express their love without being annoying.
Our furry family members do their very best to communicate their love, trust and loyalty to us through various ways. As loving pet parents, we must reciprocate that love every way we know how! At Dogtopia, we are puppy love experts and love to treat your dog as if they were our own. Give your dog the ultimate sign of love and sign them up for doggie daycare today!