Those of us that are long time dog paw-rents learn to listen to our four-legged children and learn, sometimes instinctively, to “hear” what they are trying to tell us. In this article we will look at some recently shared information about the ways dogs say I Love You. This information will help us “hear” even better.
In several different studies, scientists have found since humans and dogs have been so close for so long, that dogs have developed several ways to expressing their love for humans.
Some of these signs are subtle enough that it has taken close research to discover them. On the other hand many dog lovers have picked up on these signs, even if they were conscious of doing it.
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1. Staring directly At You. Looking into your eyes.
On a 60 Minutes segment, Anderson Cooper met with Brian Hare, a well-known dog expert, to discuss how dogs express love. According to Hare, when your dog looks you in the eye, he is “hugging you with his eyes.”
When a dog looks at you while the two of you are playing with one another or just cuddling, oxytocin is released. It’s the same hormone that helps new mothers bond with their babies. If you want to test this out with your dog, don’t go home and a have a staring contest with your pooch. He will sense something is off, and look away because he feels awkward.
Instead, try to naturally maintain eye contact with him during your normal routines and see how he responds. (Elyse Wanshel)
2. Yawning with you.
The song “Lean on Me” is all about offering support and dogs crave that same kind of security.
Sometimes a dog will lean on a human because he is anxious, wants you to do something, or take him somewhere. But leaning is also a symbol of affection.
Even if your dog is leaning on you out of pure nervousness, he is still doing it because he thinks of you as someone who can protect him and keep him safe. (Elyse Wanshel)
4. Cuddling after a meal.
In his book, How Dogs Love Us, Gregory Berns, if your dog cuddles with your after eating, it’s a strong sign that they do indeed love you.
Most dogs lovers (or even people who don’t like dogs) know that pups are motivated by food. But according to Berns, once a dog eats all its food, his next action can signify what’s most important to him besideseating.
Sometimes your dog may have to do his “business” right after a meal, but watch how he reacts in the morning and at night. If he’s snuggling up with you after one of these meals, then there’s some definite puppy love on his end. (Elyse Wanshel)
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