By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

13 Secret Ways Your Dog Says ‘I Love You’ That You’re Totally Missing.

We love showing love for our pups who, like our own children, we'll continue to see as babies even as they grow older. We feed them, hold them, and scratch their bellies. We buy them toys at Christmas and sometimes 'just because.' We forgive them when they've broken into the pantry or soiled the new rug. We even talk about them while we're supposed to be at work or enjoying our vacation.

In addition to being great sources of spectacle and joy, dogs are also great protectors of our homes and companions to the blind. Some dogs are also survivors — rescues who have been physically abused — and heroes — like the black labrador Katrina who saved a drowning man during a hurricane.

But how do we know the feeling is mutual? How do we know that our dog's hugs aren't just a sign of dominance or just another way we anthropomorphize our pets? Check out some of the ways dogs show their love below.

Tail wagging might be a sign of happiness and friendliness.

According to an article published on Psychology Today, tail wags can function like a human smile. Dogs use this signal when other beings around. However, tail wagging isn't always a good thing.

Experts found that in general, left-biased tail wags were negative while right-biased tail wags were positive.

Here are some explanations of common movements adapted from the same publication:

  • Slight wag: "Hello" or "Just letting you know I'm here."
  • Broad wag: The dog is friendly or content. If the hips are involved, they're probably really happy.
  • Slow wag: Could mean the dog is insecure or less social.
  • Tiny, quick wags: Indicates the dog will commit a certain action. If a tail is vibrating and held high, it is probably a threat.
Tail wagging might be a sign of happiness and friendliness.

When you walk through the door, they're more than ready to greet you.

You know exactly what we're talking about. You know he's already gearing up to greet you the moment you pull into the driveway. He's been waiting for you to come home.

When you walk through the door, they're more than ready to greet you.


And when you finally walk in, he shows you some love. Be observant of how your dog greets you. He doesn't have to be jumping on you to show he cares. A simple tail wagging is a sign of affection. If your dog jumps on every person that walks in, he might be "promiscuous," says Modern Dog Magazine. Also, if he's being ridiculously jumpy he may be experiencing some separation anxiety.

It's all in the eyebrows.

Researchers in Japan conducted a study with dogs meeting with their human, dog toy, an item they disliked, and a stranger. When they saw their human they lifted their brows, most noticeably their left, but when they saw someone they didn't know, they exhibited less facial movement, and when they did, it was usually with the right brow.

It's all in the eyebrows.

Similar things happened when introduced to items they liked and didn't like. To be clear, not all dogs have markings that we can refer to as eyebrows. If this is the case, watch for tension in their head and the movement of their ears.

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