How Does Your Pup Love Thee? Let’s Count the Ways!

We asked Jules Martins, Co-Owner and Groomer at Village Paws in Greenville about the ways in which our dogs are communicating their love for us. Here are seven things your dog is doing daily to show you their affection!

1. He loves sleeping with you.

Dogs are pack animals and are used to cuddling up with their canine families. If your dog likes sleeping with you on the couch or in your bed, it’s a sign that he sees you as part of his pack. Being close to you during his down times shows he trusts you to protect him and the pack. If you can get him to make the bed after, he truly is man’s best friend.

2. She wiggles her eyebrows at you.

Just like with humans, dogs communicate much of what they’re feeling through their facial expressions. And sometimes, their eyebrows reveal what they are thinking. Studies show that a dog will respond with eyebrow movement when their person walks in, but not when a stranger enters. When it comes to recognizing who she loves, the eyebrows have it.

3. They bring you their toys.

Doing this means your dog wants to play with you. That alone is a sure sign of affection. Better yet, it also could be confirmation that your pup thinks of you as the pack leader – the biggest canine compliment out there. He wants to share something he really values with you. Hopefully you will love his favorite slobber-covered toy as much as he does.

4. He looks you in the eyes.

Eye contact between dogs and their humans is a sign of love. Holding that look of love releases oxytocin, the “bonding hormone,” in the brains of both dogs and owners. This hormone is also true when a human mother holds her baby. Dogs also stare at us to get a clue about our emotional state. So be sure to stare into your fur baby’s peepers and soak in the eye hugs.

5. She licks your face.

For dogs, licking can mean a number of things. Mother dogs lick their puppies’ faces the moment they’re born to bond. And they lick all over their bodies to keep them groomed. Some dogs lick their humans’ faces because it’s a habit, or because they like the way their owners taste. Dogs will also kiss us as a sign of affection and acceptance. So feel free to smooch the pooch when you want to share that love.

6. He leans against you.

A dog will lean on humans for many reasons. It could be because he is anxious, but it is also a sign of deep affection and trust. Even if your dog is leaning against you because he’s nervous about a new place or situation, it still shows that he thinks of you as someone who can protect him and keep him safe.

7. They want to cuddle after they eat.

Dogs love to eat, and they enjoy being fed by us even more. If a dog wants to snuggle after they eat, it’s a sure sign of their love for you. Consider yourself their dessert of choice!

Be sure to return the furry favor with a visit to Village Paws where Jules and co-owner Christine Nickell will shower your pup with love at their new grooming location at 615 Putnam Pike, Greenville.

Additional Source: Swartz, Anna (2015) CLOSE TO HOME, The Dodo. Retrieved from