When you get a dog, your life changes. Your dog becomes a boisterous new member of your family. He probably eats in your kitchen, and maybe he sleeps on your couch. He might take over your yard and, if he’s not too loud, charm your neighbors. He wins you over with his adorable dog behavior and pure happiness when you walk in the door.
Another thing that happens the day you get a dog? You become a dog owner. Sure, that means you ‘re responsible for all the messes he makes. But it also means you become obsessed with figuring out what your dog is feeling. You find yourself constantly guessing at the motivation behind his dog behavior. And at least once in a while, you’ll try to figure out whether your dog loves you. Here are the ways his dog behavior might tell you.
1. He uses the right body language
The New York Times reports that your dog’s body language is a clear sign he loves you. Most of us know some of the obvious body-language signs. Do your dog’s ears perk up when you walk in the room? Does he wriggle around excitedly when you open the front door? Or does his tail wag vigorously? That means he’s happy, as does a more recently discovered feature of dog body language. “When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails wag more to the right side of their rumps,” according to the New York Times. “When they have negative feelings, their tail wagging is biased to the left.”