How to Tell if Your Dog Loves and Trusts You

How to Tell if Your Dog Loves and Trusts You
Our furry best friends can’t talk to us, although we wish they could. I sure do. I wish my dog could let me know when something is wrong or just tell me what he’s thinking.

So how do you know if your dog loves and trusts you if they can't say the words?

Unfortunately for us humans, dogs, and humans can’t talk to each other and have conversations about how their day was.

I have one-sided conversations with my dog and he just looks at me like I’m insane.

I’m crazy about my dog. He’s the light of my life and I know he feels the same way about me too. Here's how I know.

6 Signs Your Dog Loves You

1. He always stares at me 

I joke with him sometimes and tell him he’s my little stalker. Whenever I’m busy doing something he’s always looking at me. Besides that, he also stares into my eyes.

I read somewhere that when a dog is staring into your eyes, it’s the same as giving you a hug. It also releases Oxytocin in both you and your dog.

Oxytocin is a bonding hormone. So when you and your dog are having staring contests, you are actually strengthening your bond.

2. He always tries to lick me 

The other day he was sitting next to me on the couch and he started licking my face and ears. I just started laughing uncontrollably, because he took me by surprise.

I told him not to lick my face and ears. He was not too happy about that so I let him lick my hands if he wants to lick something. He still tries to lick my ears when he gets a chance. I don't mind anymore.

3. He goes insane when I come home 

The minute I get home there’s jumping, tail wagging, and barking. Today I just left the house for a few minutes and he acted like I was gone forever.

He goes completely insane and I think he wants to see if I’ll fall over because he jumps on me with full force. That way he can get a hold of my ears.

4. He lies down at my feet 

When we are just hanging out, he normally comes and lies down close to me. He then proceeds to move closer and closer until I feel a soft fur ball at my feet.

5. He has his own special way of greeting me 

My granny told me to teach Buffy the ‘give paw’ trick. According to her, that will show him how to greet people.

I told her that he has his own way of greeting me. He normally jumps up, leans against me and waits until I rub his head.

In the beginning, I thought nothing of it, but then I noticed he only does this in the morning and only once a day. My human best friend laughed at my theory, but I know I’m right. That is how my dog greets me.

I taught him the give paw trick and now he can greet other people that way. Your dog is never too old to learn tricks. I only started teaching him tricks two months ago and for an 8-year-old he catches on quick.

6. He always tries to please me 

Sometimes we play tug with his tug toy and he can play a bit rough when he’s excited. He refuses to let go of the toy and guards it. Not all the time, but sometimes.

On this one particular day, we were playing a rough game of tug and fetch. I went inside the house for a moment and I forgot to tell him I’ll be right back.

I always tell him if I go somewhere that I’ll be right back so that he knows play time is not over yet.

How to Tell if Your Dog Loves and Trusts You
Buffy and Ropey

When I came out he was waiting for me with ropey in his mouth and when I tried to take the toy he just gave it to me without trying to pull on it or guard it.

This continued until play time was over. He dropped the toy at my feet the rest of the play session.

He must have thought I went inside the house because I was upset that he did not give me the toy and he adjusted his own rules to make me happy by giving me the toy.

I know, I know…I have an awesome dog.

There’s a lot of other ways your dog can show you love, but this is just my list. Watch out for similar behaviors.

There will be times when your dog is in a mood. Don’t take it personally. Sometimes they also want their alone time. Just make sure you show them you love them and that you'll always be there.

Check up on them to make sure they are okay. Give your dog a treat to make sure they are eating. They will eventually come and hang out with their human.

Buffy hides from me whenever it’s grooming time then afterward I get the silent treatment. No licking, he takes his tug toy to his kennel if I throw it and he avoids eye contact.

We are still working on his grooming issues. Luckily he can’t stay mad at me for long.

Until next time,

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How to Tell if Your Dog Loves and Trusts You

Pic credit: Buffy pic and Pixabay pics Renza edited.

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