If you didn't know, dogs do have a love language. Yahoo tells us all the different ways dogs show us how they feel and how they love us! For me, Brooks is turning one this month and I've had plenty of time to get to know my dog of course... I can tell you, he does ALL of these! Check out the list below according to Dr. Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinary genetics research manager at canine genetics company Wisdom Health ...
“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,” Hughes explains. So, if your Doggy Pawton’s tail wags when she sees you, she’s probably thinking, “Man, I love ya.”
Spending time with you and/or following you everywhere
Hughes explains: “Dogs descended from wolves, which are known for their loyalty to the pack and sociability. 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.” So yes, if Fluffy’s at your feet all day, she’s probably a little in love with you.
Does Hamilton lick your feet while you’re watching TV? Then he’s probably saying, “Love you, Dad!” Hughes tells us this is “another carryover 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.”
Leaning on you/sitting in your lap/being in contact
Have a lap dog living with you? Or what about a big guy who puts his entire body weight on you? Hughes notes that 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. She also says, “They also often like to sleep with you (if allowed) similar to how wolf packs sleep together.” So, maybe it’s time to let Herman in the bed?
Have you ever seen Potato without a tennis ball in mouth, begging you to play? This is probably her love language. Hughes explains, “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.”
If your dog does any of these, LOVE them! That's what they're there for.