How Dogs Show Affection

Humans have the advantage of showing their love for their pets by different gestures.  A treat, a frisbee session or even a warm hug will work. Your dog will show his affection for you in very different ways. As a pet parent, it is up to you to understand his intentions.

Your dog may lick your hands after you serve him his favorite food.  He may bark when you play with another dog. He may be possessive in that sense.

Many times, these things go unnoticed.  We forget that our dogs can show us affection.  It is our job to interpret what the dog is doing.  Reading through this article will make you an expert in no time.


1) How Do I Know if My Dog Loves Me?

The old saying states that “eyes are the window to the soul.”  This is true, not only for us, but for our furry friends also. If your dog looks at you with his left eyebrow raised, he is showing his love for you.

If he bends his right ear, he is displaying fondness for you.  These observations apply to any dog you may come across.

The sounds of whining and barking are just as important.


2) What Does It Mean When a Dog Licks Me?

Some pet parents are not fond of licking,  but it is a strong sign of your dog’s love for you.

The licking releases endorphins and helps to calm your pet.  This is also another expression of love. Many times, they will lick your hands after you are done playing with them or if you open their favorite food in front of them.

Licking is cute in certain doses, but it can become slightly irritating.  There are ways to deal with this.


3) Why Does My Dog Wag His Tail?

It is very common for a dog to wag his tail.  It is even more common in puppies. This is an early sign that they see you as a friend.  Wagging can also indicate a want. Perhaps your dog wants the frisbee in your hand.

All in all, when your dog wags his tail, it comes from fondness.


4) How Do Dogs Show Affection to Humans?

Dogs can show affection in a variety of ways.  They may grow excited when you return from work. They may bark.  One of the best gestures is the leap they take toward you to hug you.  They show affection in all of these.

If you rub your dog’s belly and then stop, your pet may nudge your hand back to where it was.  That’s just another way of your animal showing his fondness for you.


5) Why Does My Dog Follow Me?

Your dog will want to spend time with you.  Some dogs may not leave your side very often.  They may follow you. They may want to sit at your feet.  They may even clamor around your legs.

All these signs convey one thing, your dog is fond of your companionship, and now you can’t have any time on your own.  Dogs make friends quickly, so if your dog follows you, it’s certainly not a bad sign.


6) How Do Dogs Show Loyalty?

Dogs can show loyalty in different ways. Your dog may run to you, a toy in his mouth, ready to play.  This simply demonstrates that he sees you as a friend.

Your dog may also lean on you.  As humans, we love this. This means that your dog is loyalty to you, as well as his dependence on you.  It may seem strange, but your furry pal can smile. It is another way that he shows affection.


7) Will a Dog Bark to Show Affection?

When your dog barks, it could mean many things. Your dog may want you to follow him. Barking can also prove to be a display of affection . This is especially true if you have been away for a while.

To wrap it all up, dogs can show affection in numerous ways. Our job is to understand that and to show affection in return.


Hello, I'm Shelly! I write about all things dogs. I'm a proud mother of 3. So I guess my official title is fulltime mother, part-time dog blogger. Look around and if you have any questions reach out to me