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  • Writer's pictureC.B. Fosbrink

5 Ways To Tell If Your Dog Is Happy

Having a dog is an amazing experience, but sometimes we cannot tell what our furry friend needs, wants, or if they are content in their home. These five signs will give you an idea of your dog’s mood and whether they are happy.

Their tail is wagging

When you enter your house, look in your dogs’ sweet eyes, do you notice their whole body is shaking as they wag their tail? Sometimes it feels like a dog’s tail has a mind of its own, but really, it's the love they feel for you. A strong wag is a sign that your Fido is happy to see you.

They show their belly

According to Dr. Evelyn Kass-Williamson, dogs expose their belly as a sign of trust to their owner. If they have their mouth open, almost like they have a grin on their face, they are looking for love in the way of belly rubs.

They lean into your hands

When dogs are happy and are looking for love, they lean into your hand to be petted. If you are standing, dogs will lean their body near yours. They do this because they love the body contact with you.

They get the Zoomies

Zoomies are frenetic random activity periods or FRAPs. Researchers have found that happy and healthy dogs get the Zoomies. So if your dog gets these random spurts of energy, you're doing an amazing job at making your dog happy!

They sleep quite a bit

Adult dogs usually sleep for up to 16 hours a day. That may seem like a lot but it's another sign that they feel totally comfortable in their home. If your dog isn’t sleeping that much, it could be a sign of stress.

What can we as dog owners do to also show love? There are several answers to this question, depending on what your dog enjoys! One way is to rub those doggy ears. Dog’s love receiving massages, especially around their ears. This is due to the nerve endings in their ears which releases endorphins throughout their body. Rub Away! Another way is to play with your dog and spend quality time with them.

We hope this was helpful and reassuring. Happy early National Dog Mom Day to all of our dog mamas out there!


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