We all wish our dogs could talk – it would make things so much easier. Although they cannot speak, we can tell how our dogs feel by their behaviour.
If you’re wondering if your dog loves the life you give him, look at these 12 signs that will help you determine if your dog is happy.
# 1 – Relaxed eyes
According to ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals): “When your dog is relaxed and happy, his eyes have their normal shape. Pay attention to how your dog’s eyes look when you are doing different activities or at different times of the day. You will notice the differences and be able to read your dog’s mood better.
# 2 – Relaxed mouth
The ASPCA also tells them to look at their mouth. “If your dog is relaxed and happy, he’s probably got his mouth closed or slightly open.” Again, pay attention to the changes in your dog’s body language to read his mood. Note: A dog who pants with his mouth open can be hot or stressed. This is not a happy dog.
# 3 – Comfortable ears
Look at his ears, too. The ASCPA states that a happy, relaxed dog “will hold his ears in a natural way”. This also depends on your specific dog, although much depends on his breed and the fit of his ears.
# 4 – Rear car
Another part of your dog’s body language is in his tail. You can tell if your dog is happy by the tail carriage. According to ASPCA, “Your dog holds his tail in its natural position when it is relaxed. When he feels happy, he can gently wag his side. “
# 5 – Relaxed body
As a final body language, look at your dog’s entire body – are the muscles relaxed? Even a dog that plays wildly and jumps around will have a relaxed body carriage with weight evenly distributed if he’s happy, says the ASPCA.
# 6 – Is not destructive
Destructive dogs usually get bored… are you happy when you’re bored? Not usually. So a happy dog chews on your shoes or eats your couch much less often. Instead, he chews on his toys.
# 7 – Eats well
While some dogs eat more “choosy” than others, a happy dog will want to eat. If your dog refuses to eat, something may be medically wrong or your dog may suffer from loneliness. Did his favourite person just go to college or have you recently lost your other dog?
# 8 – Is active
Dogs are not cats. They shouldn’t sleep 20 hours a day. And while age and health play a role, a happy dog should be on the move most of the day – exploring things, chewing toys, etc. If your dog is unusually quiet, something may be wrong.
# 9 – Ask for attention
A happy dog will want to spend time with his family and will come to you to attract attention. Of course there are differences in personality that need to be taken into account, but for the most part a happy dog will want to hang out with his people.
# 10 – Is healthy
The health of your dog is a good sign of whether he is happy or not. A healthy dog is a happy dog! If your dog has something that makes him sick, have it checked immediately so that he can return to “happy” as soon as possible.
# 11 – gets excited!
Does your dog run to greet you when you come home from work? A happy dog enjoys things like dinner, you, playing, walking, etc. – Whatever your dog loves. If your dog never gets excited, something may be wrong and a visit to the vet may be necessary.
# 12 – Sleeps well
When it’s time to go to sleep, your dog will choose a comfortable place and let himself be driven carefree into his dreams of hunting squirrels or eating bacon? A happy, relaxed dog will sleep well. Stressed out dogs wake up, get up, choose a new place, fall asleep and then repeat. They are not relaxed enough to sleep deeply, which can lead to health problems. Talk to a vet and/or a dog trainer about how you can make your dog relaxed and happy so that he can sleep well.