For many years, people have been trying to understand their dogs’ emotions. If they wag their tails, it means our animals are open to interaction and their persuasive attitude means they need attention or a few treats. The way dogs develop emotions based on human behavior has always been the subject of scientific research. Studies have shown that dogs have the same brain structures as those produced in humans, and there are different ways in which they show us their love.
He looks you in the eye
One of the ways dogs say “I love you” is by looking directly into your eyes. Scientists have found that by looking their owners in the eyes, dogs develop strong emotional bonds with their owners, just like when this happens between people. This method of communication similar to that of humans was probably acquired by dogs during domestication, which increases the level of oxytocin (the social hormone) in both dogs and their owners.
He brings you his toys
If your dog brings you his favorite toy, you can be sure that his love for you is strong and unconditional. Dogs are very possessive with their toys, bones and other chews that they would keep around. So if your dog proudly offers you his toy or bone, even if he pushes it towards you to take it, it means your dog trusts you, loves you and feels safe when you are around him.
He yawns at the same time as you
Recent studies have shown that, like humans, dogs yawn in a contagious way. Thus, when dogs have a strong bond with their owners, they yawn at the same time. Since contagious yawning in humans is closely related to empathy, some researchers think it could be the same for dogs. While scientists are trying to explain this phenomenon, you can do a simple test to see if your dog really loves you, yawn, and see what happens!
He sleeps with you
If your dog sleeps in your bed, it is a sign that he is loyal to you. Studies have shown that sleeping with a dog in bed or somewhere in the house can be comforting for some people and improves sleep efficiency for others. “Having a purring cat or a well-trained dog close by can be very relaxing and conducive to sleep,” says Dr. Lois Krahn, a specialist in sleep medicine.
He wags his tail
A moving tail is a special language that dogs use to talk to us. If your dog wags his tail, it can mean many things and there are many ways to interpret these signs. Either way, when your dog wags his tail, he is telling you that he is open to interacting with you and that he is in emotional contact with you despite everything that is going on around him.
He raises his eyebrows and pulls out his tongue.
Scientists have discovered that dogs produce much more facial movements when humans look at them. These movements include raising their eyebrows to make their eyes look bigger (to look better in front of humans) and pulling their tongue.
He’s huddling up to you
Scientists believe that dogs love to be cuddled. By cuddling, they strengthen their bond with humans and show their affection. Being physically closer to its owner is also a way for dogs to feel safe and secure.
He leans on you
Dogs are sociable animals by nature and they seek closeness with the members of their pack, even with human beings. If your dog loves and trusts you, he will lean on you because he is looking for physical and emotional support. In other words, dogs rely on us because they see us as people who can protect and comfort them.
He accepts that you caress his head
Another sign that shows his love and loyalty: when he allows you to touch his head, let him close his eyes and enjoy the moment. Dogs generally don’t like to be patted on the head and some may even perceive it as a threat. So if your dog allows you to do this, it means you are special to him.
He accepts that you leave
If your dog sits quietly when you leave and waits patiently for you all day, it means your pet has confidence in you and knows you will be back. But if your dog is anxious when you leave for work, barking or chewing and damaging things, you need to look for ways to make the separation less stressful for him.
In this article, we have explained the most common ways that dogs show their love, but just like humans, they are very different from each other. Take a closer look at your pet’s behavior and you may discover the unique way your dog tries to say “I love you!”.