The 10 most common ways your dog shows his love and affection

Jul 27, 2022 | Dogs, Emotional Support Animals, Mental Health, Psychiatric Service Dog, Service Dogs

Dogs have many ways to show their love and affection. Every day you see how much love your pet has for you. You also love them, even though they may be naughty. Dogs can show you their and affection in many ways. They have always been man’s constant companions throughout. Dogs can accept us for who we are and understand us in ways no one else can. No matter how your day has turned out, they snuggle up to you as you relax on the couch. Dogs have many ways to show their love and affection. Dogs use their whole body to show how they feel, communicate and interact easily with you.

It is very important to establish a bond with your dog. Then your life together will be healthier and happier. There are many ways that you can use to connect with your dog. These can be games, outdoor walks, training, or just living together. It’s good to understand what to pay special attention to when your dog wants to bond with you. Let’s look at some ways your dog shows love and affection for you.



Eye contact

When your dog makes eye contact with you, it is his way of expressing his love and devotion to you. Deep, prolonged eye contact with your dog builds trust and deepens the bond between you and your dog.

Every time your dog looks you in the eye, his oxytocin levels rise. This is the so-called “love hormone,” which is associated with a dog’s attachment to its owner. Therefore, you should not make this kind of eye contact with an unfamiliar dog. Sometimes eye contact with a stranger can be perceived by the dog as a potential threat or challenge.



licking your face

Licking a person’s face is a peculiar instinct of your dog. He needs this to show you his affection and great affection. With this method, the dog lets you know that he is always there for you when you need him. However, in this way, the dog may also be trying to get your attention for something important to him.

Compulsive licking can be a slightly unpleasant but cute way for dogs to show their affection. During this process, your dog produces special endorphins. It’s a kind of social developmental way for your dog. Dogs will also lick you to get another form of reward in return, such as a pet or a hug. Licking can also serve to get attention. They do this when they want you to give them a few minutes of your time. This way they show that they need you and want something in return.



lean on you

Sometimes dogs may lean on you. This is one of the many ways your dog shows you his affection. This is common to all dogs, especially large breeds. At this point, you can take the time to pet her and show her how much you love her. This can be a little awkward, especially if you are in a hurry and have somewhere to go. However, it is worth noticing this adorable and harmless way of showing affection from your dog and giving him some love in return.

Sometimes leaning on you can also be your dog’s way of telling you that he wants to get something or go somewhere.



Sleeping by your side.

If your dog insists on taking up half of your bed or sleeps at your feet, it means he really enjoys your company and considers you a member of his pack.

At an early age, puppies snuggle up to each other, forming a bond and feeling safe and secure. As they get older, they may do the same when they want to sleep next to you or as close as possible. They want to be just as warm and cozy with you. Not every puppy will do this, but for some there is nothing better than sharing space with their human.

Sometimes you may be haunted by nightmares at night. These are times when you can’t get a good night’s sleep and feel awake and rested. Having your dog next to you on the bed can be a great comfort, and a great way to help you relax and fall asleep.

You will feel calmer throughout the night. You will know that your faithful friend will alert you if there is any danger. You will feel that he is there for you and ready to protect you. This will help you feel calm and warm. Also, if you have trouble waking up, a dog can serve as an extra alarm clock. It will keep you from oversleeping breakfast time or time for your morning walk outside.



Brings you his toys

Sometimes your dog may bring you his toys. It is not always his way of telling you that he wants to play with you now. Sometimes it may mean that your dog sees you as the pack leader. Or he may be hoping that you will like his toys as much as he does. And that you might also want to share your toys with him. This is your dog’s affectionate way of telling you that he trusts you.

If they bring you a broken toy, it can be a way of saying that they trust you enough to take care of and fix that toy. Dogs can be very attached to their things, so if they let you handle them. That’s a sure sign of love and trust.




Yawning is a major sign that your dog feels emotionally close to you. It is one of the mirror behaviors inherent in dogs. Yawning is related to the ability to empathize. If your dog yawns with you every time, he is trying to empathize with you. This is how your pet shows you that he can read your emotional cues.

Sometimes your dog may jump on your lap or lie down next to you. At this point she will begin to yawn, sinking into a nap. This shows that she is comfortable and happy to be around you.



Follow you.

Dogs understand that you are good for them because they get companionship and care from you. In return, they want to be with you at all times.

There are many reasons why dogs try to follow you everywhere. They may want something. Or maybe it’s their feeding time. Sometimes they just get bored.

Usually by following you everywhere, your dog thinks he is protecting you in his own way. Because of its social nature, the dog wants to always be around you. This is the dog’s way of showing you his love



Tail wagging.

Everyone knows that the sign of a happy dog is when his tail starts wagging uncontrollably. A dog’s tail can speak volumes. They show that they have missed you and are very happy to see you again. Your dog can also use his tail to express a variety of emotions, such as happiness, tension or fear.

The way your dog wags his tail determines his mood. Tail wagging can be a friendly gesture as well as a warning sign. The tail can even show your dog’s intention to engage in an upcoming attack.

When your dog holds his tail high above his back, it means he is not feeling much joy and may not be happy about something. But if your dog is holding his tail mid-height and making circular motions or just waving it back and forth in a friendly manner, it means that he is happy and excited.



Jumping around you.

Many dogs use jumping around as their primary way of showing love and affection. It is their intuitive display of affection. By jumping around you, your dog wants to show you that he misses you and is happy to see you. She wants to look you in the eye and jump up to lick your cheek. For some people, this may be an unwanted habit. However, with some training and the understanding that this is just a show of affection, you will see it as a true sign of affection. And then every time you come home from work, you will see your dog jumping up and greeting you with his delight.


Whether your dog is an ESA, a service dog, or a beloved family pet, every pet will do its best to show you that it cares about you.

If you are going to certify your dog to be your handler, you may have to wean or reassure some less desirable ways of showing affection.



If you have questions, contact a licensed health care provider for an ESA letter


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