Raising a puppy may be a lot of work, but as dog lovers, we all know that it’s one of the most rewarding experiences! Bringing a puppy home is truly like gaining a member to our families. Here at Bil-Jac, our goal is to provide a Puppy Select Formula with vital nutrition for growing puppies to ensure that puppies all over grow from adorable little ones into happy and healthy dogs for years and years to come.
Does your puppy love you just as much as you love them? Discover 12 ways puppies show their unconditional love for you:
1. With their adorable smiles
A puppy’s smile is a sight that nobody can ever get enough of. When your puppy smiles at you, it actually all ties back to wolf packs. Did you know that experts say a dog’s smile involves submissive behavior? In wolf packs, smiles indicate nervousness or submission to another member of the pack. Therefore, confident alpha dogs rarely smile because they see themselves as an equal within the family. Dogs who see their pet parents as the “boss” show a smile every here and there.
2. With the wag of their tails
Dogs use their tails to communicate their emotions. These can range from happiness, to annoyance, sadness, anger, and more. As for puppies, they usually start wagging around 1-2 months of age, initially to communicate with their brothers and sisters or mother. Studies have shown that depending on whether they wag their tail to the left or right, affects their mood. Since the left side of the brain influences approach behaviors, they usually wag this way while approaching other dogs or unfamiliar objects with caution. As for the right side, they usually wag their tail this way when they are feeling happy, confident, and positive!
3. When they cuddle with you
If your puppy jumps up next to you on the couch or snuggles up next to you in bed, they truly love you! Dogs will only hang near you if they feel completely safe and comfortable by your presence. Typically, they like to cuddle up next to us after eating a meal.
4. When they look up at you and give you those adorable puppy dog eyes
Remember when we were little kids, and we would make a puppy dog face to try to get something we wanted from our parents? When your dog gives you puppy dog eyes, they are showing their love for you. Studies suggest that this look in our pup’s eyes indicate a release of a hormone, oxytocin, which also occurs when a mom gazes at her newborn infant.
5. When they react excitedly to you getting on their level
Here’s a test you can try to see just how much your pup loves you. Squat down, smile, and call their name. If they run toward you, especially when you get on the same ground level as their cute little legs, they are showing you love, respect and happiness.
6. When they try to play with you
Does your pup ever try to grab your attention by showing you their favorite toy or tugging on your leg when you are sitting on the couch? When our puppies bring us gifts, perhaps a toy or their bone, they are showing their affection toward you through the act of gift giving. So if your pup does this, be sure to say thank you, very excitedly!
7. By sleeping in your bed next to you
If your pup snuggles up next to you in bed, it means they truly feel a sense of safety and security around you. We all get busy with our everyday lives, so it’s important not to let your pup feel neglected. When you come home after a long day, spend time with your dog and show them how much they mean to you, too.
8. By giving you a million kisses
Puppies tend to lick human faces because in wolf packs, cubs would greet their elders this way. Puppies give more kisses than adult dogs do; they wish to groom or please you!
9. When they jump for joy when you come home
When you walk in the door after being away for a few hours, or the entire day, note how your pup reacts. If they jump for joy, squeal, wag their tails, and smile, you know they must love you.
10. When they trust you and you trust them back
As your pup grows older, test them by showing your trust. Find a dog park or space in your backyard where your puppy doesn’t need to be on a leash. From there, try calling them and see if they listen. Give them freedom and see how behaved they act. If you trust them, they’ll feel it and love you for it. They’ll prove to you that they are worthy!
11. By acting like your shadow
True devotion from your pup is when they follow you all over the house. Dogs, like people, are social animals who want to be with their pack. When your pup acts like your shadow, they’re showing they belong by your side at all times!
12. When they can sense that you love them too
Puppies can sense a lot of things about you. Dogs are very smart creatures! Not only can they sense if you are feeling sad, happy, or excited, but they can sense when you love them. Building a special bond with your pup takes time and getting to know each other.
Take the time to show your pup how much they mean to you and they’ll show it back!
How does your puppy show you love? Share your story with us in the comments!