Is your dog happy?

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

This really to me is not a tough question to answer . In general, a happy dog will have relaxed body language. These are some of the physical signs of a happy dog:

  • A soft, partially open mouth

  • Ears that are relaxed, not pulled back or taut with alertness

  • Overall relaxed posture, with a raised head, relaxed tail, and confident stance (click here for more on dog body language)

  • A tail wag that involves whole-body wiggles, or at least a relaxed body. Conversely, a dog standing stiff with a tautly waving tail may be showing alertness or rvousness.  

  • Rolling over to show their belly

  • Making a “play bow,” with their rear in the air and chest lowered to the ground as an invitation to play.

Of course, every dog is different, and body composition may vary. But in general, a happy dog will appear comfortable and at ease.

In addition to body language cues, there are behavioral signs of happiness in dogs:

  • Happy dogs are generally not destructive. Destructive behavior can be a sign of anxiety or stress.

  • They’re happy to play, take a walk, or go for a ride in the car. If your dog is uninterested in play time, they may be feeling unwell or in pain.

  • They have a healthy appetite, which indicates feeling physically well and emotionally content. Changes in appetite are one of the first signs of potential illness or unhappiness.

  • They lean into your hand or body. Happy dogs make a lot of body contact!

  • They’re excited to see you when you walk in the door.

#petbonding #happiness

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