We know our dogs love us. Here’s proof!
We know we love our dogs and enjoy showing them love in the form of hugs, snuggles, kisses and words of affection and we assume our dogs love us back. Since they can’t tell us with words, the only way they can express their love and unwavering affection is with their actions and showing us their love.
Here are top ten ways a dog shows his love. Have you seen any of these behaviors in your pup?
1. He runs to greet you when you come home
Why does my dog run to greet me? You know how this goes. You come home after a long day at work and your dog is super excited to see you! Wagging tails, jumping, barking. My little one likes to nibble on my fingers when she gets excited about seeing me finally come home. It’s adorable! Most days I have to drop everything on the floor because they can’t wait for me to get inside and love on them. If your dog isn’t super excited like mine, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you. A simple wagging tail and happy face is enough evidence that he loves you.
2. Bringing you his favorite toy
When a dog brings you his favorite toy it not only means he wants to play with you, but that he sees you as his pack leader and he is bringing you a gift or offering. Dogs have a pack mentality and every member of the pack has his place in the hierarchy of the team. Seeing you as the pack leader is a sign of affection and respect, and in human terms, showing you his love.
3. Cuddling with you after a meal
As the pack leader, you are responsible for bringing food home for the pack. The best way to show appreciation and love is to cuddle up next to you after his meal. It demonstrates his strong ties to you.
4. Leaning on you
Remembering again that dogs are social animals and have a pack mentality. They are more comfortable in groups and your family is an extension of their pack. They feel safety and security by being surrounded by the pack. By leaning up against you he is showing his love for you by bonding and holding you close. So the next time your dog comes up and leans on you, sits on your feet and makes himself comfortable, you can rest assured that he is loving you.
5. Lifting and wiggling eyebrows
The most common sign that a dog is happy is his wagging tail. But the next time you have a happy pup approach you keep an eye on his facial expressions! Just like humans, so much can be seen on a dog’s face. If he is happy to see you, he tends to lift his left eyebrow upwards. When met with someone they’ve never seen before, you might notice that his left ear moves back slightly. When presented with an object he doesn’t like (in my case it’s the toothbrush) he’ll move his right ear back. Just taking notice of these small changes in his expressions will help you understand your pet better.
6. He nuzzles you with his head
When a dog rubs his forehead on you, it’s a friendly, social thing called “bunting” and it is a very loving gesture. The next time you are laying on the couch in front of the TV with your pup, try encouraging him to nuzzle with you by gently rubbing his back and offering your cheek to his cheek. Soon he will be nuzzling and rubbing his forehead on you to show you how much he loves you.
Why does my dog lick me so much? To endure the licking, you either have to be a dog person or just muscle through it! If you have dogs, you most likely have experienced some kind of licking. There are a few different types of licking but the one that I’m referring to is what your pup does when you are loving on him. Let’s say you are sitting together and stroking his back and he starts giving you some of those long lingering licks. It may not be the most hygienic thing, but it is one of the most loving ways a dog can show you his undying affection!
8.Staring directly into your eyes.
As dogs came out of the wild and became domesticated, they began to mimic human behavior and one of these are gazing into its owner’s eyes. Studies have shown that as you and your pup gaze into each other’s eyes, a hormone by the name of oxytocin is released. As your dog mimics this behavior, he is rewarded with loving words or caring glances and strokes on the head and his levels of oxytocin increased giving him that warm, loving feeling. Of course he wants more of it because it not only shows love and affection but the dedication and feeling of protection he gets from you is what he desires.
9. Yawning when you yawn
Although our dogs are domesticated, they still have primal instincts in them like being a part of a pack and they see you as their pack leader. Of course they want your approval and to please you so they will mimic a lot of things you do in order to gain their approval. Not that they need to yawn on purpose to make their pack leader happy, but have you ever seen someone yawn and not feel compelled to do likewise? In fact, just the fact that I’m writing about yawning is making me instinctively yawn, so don’t you think your dog will respond as well? Did you yawn just now? The word yawn alone makes me want to yawn. There’s something keenly adorable about your dog yawning when he sees you do it, and that’s definitely a sign he loves you!
10.He loves sleeping with you
The final and best one yet! I love that my dogs sleep with me and my husband. It’s a loving, nurturing act to sleep together in the same bed. Even though they steal the blankets, lay on the sheets making it difficult to roll over, and sleep in between my legs making it impossible to get comfortable sometimes — I still love that my dogs sleep with me and I know they feel the same. We do have dog beds for them, but those are for lounging on in the living room. lol
The act of sleeping in your bed goes beyond the loving aspect and back to their primal instincts. In the wild, dogs are at their most vulnerable when they are sleeping. So they naturally want to protect themselves and be sheltered by the pack so they sleep together to have the safety in numbers. As the pack leader, you will protect them from danger while they are at their most vulnerable and that is the most endearing thing they could ever surrender to you.
So we’ve talked about ten ways your dog can say he loves you, and this is why you do so much to return the favor to the furry love of your life.
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Your pup is one year older…time to celebrate!
Doggie Birthday Party
Happy Bark-Day! We all love a
good party, so doesn’t it make sense that our dogs would love a party? A doggie birthday! To be honest, I have always wanted to throw my dogs a birthday
party surrounded by friends and family who are dog owners, and I would invite
them to bring their dogs so the birthday pup can have his own peers to
celebrate with. We’re going to share with you the planning process for a puppy
birthday and suggest some dog-safe party food and games, including some recipes
to help make your planning easy and organized.
A great party is one that is planned out very well, with every detail thought
through and researched. Is it going to be an indoor or outdoor party? How many
guests? What kind of food to serve? Where would be the best place to have it
and how to send out the invitations?
The menu would be the perfect place to start. Chicken fingers (because every kid
loves chicken fingers although we all know they don’t have any. That would be
extremely weird to see fingers on a chicken) Salmon Flavored biscuits, Frozen
Yogurt Pup-sicles and of course, a birthday cake. These are all dog-friendly
treats and we’ll leave the recipes below so that you can give them a try. Rest
assured, there is no sugar in any of these recipes because sugar is dangerous
for dogs. Sugar is detrimental to a human’s health but let’s leave that
conversation for another day. Since we have to feed the parents, let’s make our
lives easy and order in pizza and beer.
One of the first things we do when we decide to have a birthday party is to pick a
theme. The theme will determine the color scheme and is the basis for all
decorations. Since this party is for our Shaggy’s 10th birthday let’s do
a Scooby Doo theme and keep to brown, blue and yellow in our color scheme. We
need to have tables for the dog moms and dads and shorter tables for the pups
to eat their treats. Plastic table cloths can make set up quick and easy, you
can get them in a variety of colors to match your theme, and cleanup can be a
breeze. Plastic table cloths and coordinating streamers are available at
Walmart in the celebrations department. Speaking of streamers, no party is
complete without them, but we’ll have to put those up high so our doggie
friends won’t get caught up and tangled in any stragglers that might be reached
from the floor.
Amazon is a great place to get all of your party supplies as they now have pinatas to fill
with your favorite candies and treats. We won’t be filling our piñata with
candy and I did think about filling it with dog treats, like Greenies or Alpo
Snaps but it reminded me of the time my son bought a Kong for his dog and
nearly ripped Shaggy’s throat out when he came sniffing around his new
snack-filled toy. Yeah, let’s not create a brawl at this party. A Scooby Doo
shaped pinata will make a fantastic addition to our birthday décor.
You need to keep your canine friends out of trouble, so some entertainment to keep
them occupied would be a great idea. Playing dress up is a simple activity and
one that dog moms and dads will love. Create a backdrop using colorful props or
something that matches the theme of the party. Provide a basket full of hats,
scarves, shirts, dresses, eyeglasses…using your imagination will make for a fun
and popular activity and your gala will most certainly make its way to social
media with all of the photos being taken at your party.
An obstacle course is also a great activity for our furry guests and another photo
moment that will go down in history on social media. Using cones, boxes,
chairs, a variety of obstacles for your doggie friends to run through. An added
competition element by timing the guests to see who runs through the course the
fastest is sure to make it a hit! Provide treats to the winners of the day’s
activities but be sure to ask for parent’s permission before you hand out the
Here are some yummy treats to make for our furry guests that are healthy and safe
for doggie tummies.
Yogurt Pupsicles – Blend together 1 cup of plain yogurt, 1 small banana, 2 tbs peanut
butter in a Magic Bullet or Nutribullet blender. Pour into small silicone molds
and chill in the freezer for a minimum of 3 hours before your party. Pop them
out and serve!
Apple Peanutbutter Cakes – These easy to make mini cakes are sure to be a hit! Blend ¼ cup of peanutbutter, 3 eggs, a finely chopped apple and 1½ tsp of baking
powder. Spoon into jumbo muffin tins lined with paper and bake for 20 minutes
at 350 degrees. These babies are perfect for dogs and also edible for humans
too! If you want a bit of frosting you can add a topping of peanut butter.
Thanks for coming!
Guests have been entertained, fed, treated to surprises, dressed up and photographed.
Now it’s time to give them a proper sendoff with a thank you goodie bag to take
home with them so they can remember their amazing day. These Scooby Doo treat
cups are available through Amazon and are the perfect size to put our treats
in. Snausages, tug of war ropes, chew
toys, balls, squeeze toys…these all make perfect mementos of our happiest day
of the year for our Shaggy!
Now you have all of the elements of a fantastic and memorable Happy Barkday for
your favorite furry friend. Post your pictures on Facebook and Instagram, tag all of your doggie mom and dad friends, and make sure you include videos of the obstacle course and you will be a big hit with poochie parents worldwide! We hope you enjoyed the party, and we hope to see
you back again soon!