10 Signs Your Dog is Happy

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Unlike understanding the human the only way for a fur parent to understand his/her lovely pets especially a dog is through his/her dog body language (Doggie Language). It is very important for a fur parent to understand his/her dog’s body language to define their state of mind & health.

Here at ohmylovelypets we can help you understand which behaviors and body language signals could indicate your lovely dog is happy and content, with that you can also know that something could be wrong with them.

Below are the Signs Your Dog is Happy:

1. Rapidly Wagging Tail

Dog wagging his tail

The very well known signs that your dog is happy. Their tail wags their whole body.

Acoording to Wilhelm “If the tail wag is soft and loose and typically held in a more neutral position on the body, this is likely a happy dog,”. 

2. Floppy or At-Ease Ears

A black and tan dog with his floppy ears

Every dog breed has different ear shapes but you can still notice if your dog is happy if their ears are relaxed, not tense, or flattened against their head.

If your dog’s ears are pinned back its shows that he/she is in a state of fear or aggression while if their ears pricked forward it shows that it is interesting or curious about something.

3. Looking You with a Puppy or Soft Eyes

A dog looking with his soft eyes

Normally a dog that is happy has relaxed eyes and eyelids meaning their eyes is in its normal, soft shape. The way your dog will look at you is relaxed and gentle and sometimes will blink often like someone acting cute.

A dog with narrowed eyes and a hard gaze is in a state of aggression and you must be careful while if a dog’s eyes open wides and particularly showing the white part of their eyes it could be mean that the dog is frightened. 

4. Giving You a Dog Smile or Simply Smiling

Corgi looking with his cute smiling face

Like human dogs can smile too and it’s an indication that he/she is happy. You can tell your dog is smiling if their mouth is open, and some teeth may be visible. Don’t be confused about mouth panting with smiling, as this could be a sign the dog is stressed or overheated.

If your dog is exposing his/her teeth or curling back its lips it’s a sign that it is in an aggressive state and might anytime bite.

5. The Dog’s Body is Relax

A white puppy with relax body

Like human a loose, soft, wiggly body usually means a dog is happy and healthy, its shows that your dog is comfortable to its surrounding.

6. Your Dog Has Good Appetite

A white dog eating his meal

Like human when your dog is happy and healthy it has a good appetite. Just make sure you wont over feed him/her to avoid obesity.

A sudden drop in appetite could be a sign that your dog is ill or stress to assure make a quick visit to your vet to know your dog’s health condition.

7. Your Dog Sleep A lot

Cute Pug Dog Wearing Yellow Hat Sleeping on Pillow, Funny Friendly Animal Pet Character Vector Illustration on White Background

It is normal for a dog to sleep a lot, a happy adult dogs usually sleep for up to 16 hours a day if your dog doesn’t sleep it could be a sign that he/she is stress.

8. Your Dog Shows it’s Belly

A cute corgi dog showing his belly

A happy dog do a wriggling and showing you their belly and tongue to you. It’s very cute to look and you cant help but to cuddle with him/her.

9. Your Dog Playing Bow

In a play bow, a dog lowers their chest to the ground but keeps their rear in the air, it’s their way to show to you that they are happy and want to play.

10. Your Dog Enjoy Playing with other Dogs

A group of dog happily playing

A playful dog is a signs your dog is happy, they don’t fight with other animals and enjoy playing with them.

It’s very simple and easy to make your lovely dog happy, as a simple walk every day, delicious food, and a time to play with him/her will mean a lot to your dog.

Butler Oh
Butler Oh is a long time dog lover. Dogs are always part of her family since she was young and she grows up as a loving and caring fur parent. She has been part of our team here at ohmylovelypets since 2019 and has provided a lot of great research and information about dogs.

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