9 Subtle Signs That Your Dog Loves You

April 4, 2017

By Linda Cole

Humans view a hug as a sign of affection, but many dogs would prefer that we skip them. Wrapping our arms around their neck just makes some dogs uncomfortable. However, that certainly doesn’t mean your dog doesn’t adore you. Some of the ways dogs show their love for us are obvious, while others are more subtle. Here are 9 signs that your dog is mad about you:

Eyebrow and Ear Movements

Dogs express what’s on their mind using their body language, tail wagging, growls, barks and whines. These are obvious signs that convey how a dog is feeling. Facial expressions can also give us a clue about a dog’s state of mind. However, most canines don’t have easy to see eyebrows, so it can be harder for us to notice movement of the brows. One subtle way your dog shows his love though, is to raise his eyebrows (primarily the left one) and shift his left ear back. The eyes may be a “window into the soul” as they say, but your dog’s eyebrows indicate his affection for you.

Leaning Against You

Your pet may lean against you because he feels anxious, wants something, wants to cuddle or is looking for some extra comfort or security. Whatever the reason, leaning against you makes your dog feel safe and secure, and it’s another way of showing his love.

Yawns with You

We know that yawning is contagious, but it’s not limited to just humans. We have a tendency to show empathy by yawning when someone around us yawns. Even though yawning isn’t a way to actually measure if canines are capable of showing empathy, scientists suggest it is possible, and dogs could be demonstrating their sympathy by yawning when the person they love yawns.

Wants to Cuddle After Eating

Preparing your dog’s CANIDAE meal is sure to get him racing to his dish, but it’s what happens after he’s chowed down that can be a subtle sign of his affection. Food is a high priority to our canine friends, and one of the most important things in his life. But after his meal is finished, he turns his attention to the next most important thing – someone he’s close to. With a full tummy, your dog wants to give you puppy love by cuddling. Even though your dog has plenty of places where he can snooze, he wants to snuggle next to you. Another subtle way dogs show love is by sleeping with their head or paw on your knee or foot.

Gives You Direct Eye Contact

Direct eye contact with a dog you haven’t bonded with is interpreted as a challenge, but your furry best friend views it differently. When your pet looks directly into your eyes, he’s letting you know how important you are to him. A transfer of oxytocin takes place when you share a moment gazing into your dog’s eyes, and it makes both of you feel good and strengthens your bond.

Stays Calm When You Leave

If your dog remains calm when you leave the house, it is a subtle sign he loves you because you have his trust and he’s confident you will come back.

Is Excited When You Return

One of the joys of returning home is getting that excited greeting from your dog. He acts like you’ve been gone for days and is over the top with his jumping, tail wagging (especially to the right) and dancing around. It is a sign he loves you and is happy you returned safely.

Gives You a Doggy Smile

When your dog hears your voice and greets you with an open mouth and relaxed expression, it’s an affectionate sign he’s happy to see you. Research has found that when dogs catch the scent of the person they love, it causes a similar response in the brain to that of humans seeing someone they care about. Your doggy friend loves the sound of your voice and scent – showing his love by running to you no matter what he’s involved in and giving you a doggy smile.

Steals Your Clothes

Returning home and finding your favorite sweatshirt, towels, shoes or other clothing scattered around the room is a sign of your dog’s love. He “steals your stuff” because he smells your familiar scent on them and it makes him feel safe, comfortable and secure.

You can’t command a dog to give you respect, loyalty or trust. They have to be earned, and are essential elements in a strong, unbreakable bond – which is the ultimate sign of love.

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  1. Aniyah says:

    This was very helpful to me thank you so much

  2. Mikhail says:

    What do you mean by “a transfer of oxytocin takes place”? Did you think oxytocin emanates from one body and travels through the air to another? Kindly check your science. The rest of the article reads okay, though.

    1. Laura Parsons says:

      Actually the writer is referring to the feelings and actions associated with oxytocin.!!

  3. Billy E Algiene says:

    Thank you..

  4. Amy pond says:

    My doggo lays full length on me on the lounge and sleeps

  5. Caitlyn says:

    My dog I’ve had her since she was a puppy and I was a kid I always played with her and carried her around but she paws me when I’m petting her and when I’m petting her and another pet comes she will growl but won’t hurt

  6. Alma Duda says:

    I enjoyed this very much and found it very informative

  7. Nickolas says:

    I adopted a pitbullterrier from SPCA and it has been a month that we have been getting to know each other. He is 4 years old and I am learning from this article that he is the biggest lover. Many things that he does are identified in the article and makes me feel better about our fast bonding experience

  8. Frances Doherty says:

    So true,my dog shows me so much love,snuggles up close at bedtime and snores away.. He licks my face so much I have to stop him..No he not lacking anything it’s just love❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  9. yaneli says:

    what happens if your dog doesn’t stop bending her left arm and doesn’t stop

  10. Sam G says:

    Great article, am looking after my aunties dogs for the first time and everything is fine but this has given me more confidence. I love them so much and it’s nice to know they love me too xxx I wish more humans had the qualities of dogs. Would be a better world x

  11. Beanthegreat says:

    This is a great thing!! I have a great doggie and he does almost ALL these things thanks for reading and thanks for this website❤️♥️

  12. Ashley says:

    We love you to Bach Bach!

  13. Joan Lockwood says:

    I have had my poodle Bella for 7 years, she loves her walks over the park but has suddenly become aggressive when she meets large dogs.
    She has never been afraid of anything larger than her, but it is happening too often. What is wrong?

  14. BJ says:

    I have neck problems and have had surgery twice on it!! It hurts all the time and my dog lays his head on my neck and falls asleep!! It’s very comfortable!! He loves me!!!!

  15. Ilaishoval says:

    We don’t deserve dogs <3

    1. Julia says:

      Speak for yourself. My dogs are with me 24 hours a day [I work from home] and they come first all the time.

    2. Rob says:

      Seriously speak for yourself I’m with my dogs 24/7, I quit my job and started working from home just so I can spend quality time with my dogs. You need to improve on yourself if you think people don’t deserve dogs. We deserve each other!

  16. Lukas says:

    I really love this article, can you make more things on this subject? I want to understand my dog better.

  17. Heather says:

    My dog will jump in my lap and lay her head on my chest and fall asleep. She’ll stay on me until I get up.

  18. StuGotz says:

    My dog urinates on me when I’m taking peaceful naps. I know she loves me

    1. John says:

      She has quite literally claimed you.

    2. Gia Marie says:

      Stugotz is right! She’s telling you she needs to go out and urinate! That’s NOT how they show love. Unless you’re just so lazy, you let your dog pee all over the house, and including YOU. You apparently know what Stugotz means, realize just what a dumb a** you sound like!!

    3. Robert says:

      She owns you, it is unfortunate…

  19. Shea Moore says:

    I just got an 8 month old puppy. She is a terrier mix and like she follows me all around the house and the kitchen she just stand there and stare at me. Is that normal? I love her already..

    1. Virginia Johnson says:

      Yes, that is very normal. I take it to mean that she loves you already and would follow you anywhere. Show her the utmost love, respect, and trust and she will do the same for you.

  20. E dawgs says:

    My doggy wraps his paws around my legs and thrusts his red rocket into my leg

    1. Roberto Ricci says:

      Your dog made you his b****… Congratulations I hope you both have healthy puppies! I hear gestation and birth can be painful, good luck!

  21. JAFHS says:

    My dog jumps on my jump with her front paws and wraps her arms around me and also when i rub her belly she closes her eyes and smiles

  22. Skiadrum says:

    What fi my dog is a girl i only saw he very sexist give this article a 10/10

  23. mona King of says:

    My dog curles up next to me on sofa and put her head on my lap she loves to do this.

  24. Eva says:

    My doggy hugs me with her paws wether it my leg or any extremedy