It is easy for us to express our feelings. We’re able to communicate our feelings to our loved ones through talking and physical touch. In contrast, many of us might wonder how dogs show their affection to humans. Even dog lovers may have difficulty figuring out their pup's body language. It is surprising how many ways dogs show their love, despite being unable to put it into words.
Here are some ways how dogs show their affection to their humans.
1. Wagging their tail whenever you’re around.
The tail of a dog can communicate a variety of emotions, such as happiness, fear, tension, and aggression. A relaxed dog tends to have a loose tail. A happy dog will wag their tail so hard that it looks like its whole back end is moving. This is a clear sign that your dog loves and trusts you.
2. Always following you.
It is important for dogs, especially young puppies, to feel safe and secure. They tend to follow the person with whom they feel safe and secure. If they follow you, it means they feel calm around you, and over time, this blossoms into a strong sense of love and loyalty between you and your dog.
3. Licking your face.
Most of the time, dogs lick people's faces simply because they love them. A puppy will lick its mother's face to let her know that it is hungry. Even after they grow up and mature, dogs still maintain their licking habit. Your dog might groom you as a gesture of love when they have a solid bond with you. Consider grooming as a sign of affection.
4. They will jump on you.
Dogs cannot contain their affection when they see their favorite human. Our instincts tell us that jumping up is a sign of affection. As we mentioned above, dogs love to lick the faces of their loved ones, which is the most common reason your dog jumps on you.
5. They want to sleep next to you.
You are your dog's best friend and family, so it's natural that they will want to sleep close to you or even next to you if you let them. Their desire to sleep near you shows their love and trust in you.
6. They will watch over you when you’re sick.
In the same way that wolves depend on their families for care, dogs have an instinct to look after their pack mates. Like any pack member in the wild, they want to watch over you and show their love and care for you.
7.They will give you broken toys.
Just like us, dogs also have their favorite things. Oftentimes, their toys get broken and they would want to get them fixed by someone they trust and love. They have faith that you can fix their favorite things.
8. They will show their loyalty towards you.
Dogs are known for their loyalty. The loyal nature of dogs comes from their wolf ancestry. Dogs are innately loyal to their family units, which is why they make excellent family pets.
9. They will sense your sadness.
Your dog may console you if it knows you're sad. Most dogs are sensitive to their owners' emotions and will react if something's wrong. Dogs sense when you're depressed or hurting. During these times, they'll typically snuggle up to you, put their head on you, or stay near.
10. They will roll over around you.
It is common for dogs to roll over on their backs when they feel safe and relaxed around you. Occasionally, this behavior is also an attempt to get a belly rub. Like the lean, the roll-over is a sign that your dog trusts you and loves you a lot. They want to be near you as much as possible.
Our pets do everything they can to show us how much they love, trust, and care for us. They do this in many different ways. As responsible pet owners, we have to show our furry friends the same amount of love that we have for them.