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From the occasional ‘thank-you’ lick, to a full-blown smooch, licks are just how dogs show their appreciation. Some dogs will lick excessively while others will give a quick hand lick in passing - either way, it is a sure sign of true love!
When you greet your dog, they will likely wave their tail back and forth, jump and wiggle because they love you and are happy to see you. You cannot always assume a wagging tail means the dog is happy, but if it is used as a greeting then it’s love.
Begging is not just for food. Many dogs will beg for your attention by barking at you, pawing your leg, putting their head on your lap or on the couch next to you. They love being petted and are craving attention from their favourite person!
Some dogs will bring their owners their favourite toy and drop it at their feet. Yes, they want to play, but they also trust you with their favourite thing and know that you will have fun with them. Most dogs are good judges of character so if your dog brings you a toy to play with, then it is a sign of trust and love.
If a dog shows his belly to you, or sleeps on his back with his chest up, that's a sign of perfect trust and love. It's a vulnerable position for dogs because they are completely exposed. So, if your dog rolls or sleeps on their back, that's a subtle way your dog is telling you "Hey, I love you, and I trust you.”
The instinct of a dog is to protect the pack. If your dog loves you, they will do everything in their power to protect you from perceived harm. So next time your dog gets agitated by another walker coming too close, or a lorry backfiring next to you, it’s merely their way of showing their loyalty towards you and protecting you.
We teach our pets from a young age not to jump up, but in reality, this is just a sign of affection. The excitement of seeing you takes over and they jump up to greet you and to take in all the new scents from where you have been. So next time your dog jumps up to say hello, don’t be so quick to scold him!
Believe it or not, this is a sign of love. Dogs steal and chew your belongings to get your attention, but if they do this when they are home alone or missing you, then they are doing it for love. Chewing releases endorphins that relax a dog but if the object they are chewing smells like the human they adore then that is even better!
Now that we know the feelings behind the actions, it’s time to look at the data. Equipped with doggy heart rate monitors, we set up a series of scenarios to measure our pets’ reactions to certain scenarios, with a view to find out what really excites our pups!
Research conducted by Canine Cottages – leading the way for dog-friendly cottages.