Scientific Ways To Tell If Your Dog Loves You

dog cognitive science has come a long

way over the past two decades wagging

tails persuasive looks and the shape of

ears yield all kinds of information

about a dog's intentions and emotional

state the way dogs develop human-like

behavior has been the subject of many

scientific studies research has shown

that dogs have the same brain structures

that produce emotions in humans and

there are several ways in which dogs

demonstrate their love and affection so

let's look at 10 proven ways that dogs

show their love number one your dog

yawns with you dogs yawn for a lot of

reasons they usually do it to relieve


like when you take them to the vet or

they yawn to curb their enthusiasm when

you get out the leash to take them for a

walk but if a dog yawns when you do it's

actually a form of social bonding

researchers at the University of Tokyo

have shown that just like humans dogs

yawn contagiously but they're more

sensitive to the yawns of their owners

than those who they don't know since

contagious yawning in humans is linked

to empathy some scientists believe this

might be the case with canines - while

researchers try to explain this

connection you can do a simple test to

see if your dog actually loves you

simply yawn and see if your dog yawns to

number two your dog gazes into your eyes

when you look at them dogs can't talk

with humans in a verbal fashion so they

use many nonverbal ways of communicating

one of the ways in which dogs show their

love is gazing directly into your eyes

according to a research published in the

Journal of science dogs develop strong

emotional bonds with humans by staring

into our eyes just like humans develop

emotions when looking into each other's

eyes this nonverbal way of communication

increases the level of social hormone

called oxytocin in both dogs and their

owners dogs also gaze into your eyes to

show their devotion and anticipate your

next move in order to be by your side

when you make it number three your dog

raises their eyebrows technically

speaking dogs don't have eyebrows in the

same way that humans do however they can

still look like they are raising them

when they stick out their tongue at the

same time as they raise their eyebrows

they are trying hard to mimic your

facial expressions in the best way they


they won't do this with other dogs but

they will with you according to research

published in scientific reports journal

dogs produce significantly more facial

movements when humans are paying

attention to them then when they are

being ignored

number four your dog cuddles up with you

after you feed it this is the surest way

to know your dog loves you even though

you feed them every day your dog doesn't

just see you as a feeding machine they

want to cuddle with you after they eat

because they want to show you that they

love you for more than just their daily

meal cuddling also releases endorphins

that make them feel better and let's be

honest it makes you feel better too so

does your dog want to play alone or

cuddle up with you after eating number 5

your dog brings you its favorite toy

unless they are a cartoon animal dogs

can't talk so they prove their love in

other ways like bringing you their

favorite toy dogs are possessive about

their bones toys and other chews so when

your dog jumps in your lap and brings

you their chewed up and worn-out

favorite toy or bone be glad because

they are displaying two types of

behavior that are rooted in their love

for you first they're giving you an

offering second they believe that you

will keep their most prized possessions

safe just like you are keeping them safe

number six your dog lets you touch its

head many dogs don't like being petted

on the top of their head because they

perceive it as a threat especially if

you are towering over them as a human

they do not like being patted on the top

of their skull it is much better to get

down on their level and scratch them

under the chin or at the base of their

tail so if your dog lets you touch the

top of their head enjoys the process and

closes its eyes you are there special

one number seven your dog gets into your

laundry and carries your socks around in

its mouth if your dog sleeps on your

clothes it means it loves you your

clothing has your scent on it and dogs

always want to feel closer to you

obviously the items that have your

strongest personal scent are your socks

and shoes so these items are what they

go for first

number eight your dog wags its tail your

dog will wag its tail to communicate

with you but it doesn't always mean it

as happy while wagging its tail in the

natural position may be a friendly

greeting be aware of other positions if

a dog gets nervous it will wag its tail

in a lower position and if a dog wags

its tail held high it is curious or

aroused by something a slower stiff tail

means that it is about to get aggressive

at any rate your dog is definitely

trying to tell you something when it is

wagging its tail this isn't always easy

to tell though as the position of the

tail varies by breed the best thing to

do in this case is research the breed of

dog you have

then you will know much more about why

they are wagging their tail and what it

means now back to the countdown number

nine your dog goes crazy when you get

home late this is the most important and

sure way to know your dog loves you

studies have shown that dogs reunion

with their beloved owner has a

significantly positive effect on them

increasing the level of social hormone

oxytocin and lowering the level of

stress hormone cortisol you see as the

leader of the dog pack even if you only

have one dog your dog thinks you're out

on the hunt to provide food for the

family they don't really understand that

you work for a living and that their dog

food comes from a store so if you are

late in coming home they just might

think that a bigger or more aggressive

dog got the best of you this is why they

are overexcited when you come home they

are also probably wagging their tail in

the upright position as they are

overexcited and curious as to what new

treats you are bringing home to them

which you can't always do but you can

reassure them that you still love them

and they will reassure you that they

love you too

probably by licking your face after all

they've been waiting for you all day

number 10 your dog follows you around

even when you don't need them to whether

you like it or not you are the leader of

your dog pack and your dog will follow

you around even when you want to be

alone if you have ever given your dog

treats they may follow you around

thinking there are always treats on you

or you may have trained your dog to be

needy of a 10

because the needy behavior starts when

dogs are puppy once they are taken from

their mother a puppy will think of you

as their new parent which you are

it's called imprinting


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