Are you asking yourself, “Is my dog happy?” Most dog owners ask themselves this question at least once in their lifetime, so you’re not alone. Fortunately, you can find out whether your dog is happy by taking our Is My Dog Happy quiz and then reading the article below for more information on what makes a dog happy.
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Is My Dog Happy?
The only way to know if your dog is happy is to look for the following signs:
- Wagging Tail
- Eye Contact
- Relaxed Body
- Healthy Appetite
- Facial Expressions
- Rubs Against You
- Exposes the Belly
Learn more about the above signs your dog is happy below and then read how to tell if he/she is unhappy.
Signs Your Dog Is Happy
You can tell if your dog is happy by considering:
- Body Language
- Facial Expressions
Dog’s Body Language
The answer to, “Is my dog happy?” may lie in your dog’s body language. This is especially true when you come home from being gone for a few hours.
A happy dog will greet you as soon as you walk through the door with a wagging tail. The dog’s ears may be lifted in excitement as well.
Some dogs will jump, run, and even grab toys in anticipation of playtime.
Eye contact is a great sign of a happy pooch. A dog will not meet the eyes of people they do not like, so if you’re able to meet your dog’s eyes, the chances of your pup being happy are high.
Simply returning the excitement your dog exhibits will ensure your dog continues your dog’s happiness.
What if your dog’s behavior is more relaxed? A relaxed dog isn’t an unhappy dog. Just like humans dogs differ in how they show their happiness. A dog’s behavior may even change over time, especially in relation to older dogs.
A relaxed dog is another sign of happiness. A dog’s ears may actually be done when happy because there is no stress. Tail wagging may also not be a thing for some dogs because of their relaxed behavior. As long as the tail is relaxed and not erect due to stress, your dog is most likely just a happy relaxed dog.
Many pet parents greet their dogs with a treat or meal. Happy dogs will begin eating right away. It’s a way to show that they are appreciative of their humans.
Many dogs will look as if they are smiling when they greet their human at the door. A smiling dog is a happy dog. Look for an open mouth with teeth showing. The eyes may even squint just like people’s eyes do when they smile. It really does look like the dog is smiling. If that smile is paired with tail wagging, it’s even more of a sign that your dog is happy.
Dog Rubs Against You
Another sign that a dog is happy is when he/she rubs against you. Rubbing the face or body against your legs or arms is a great sign your pup is full of joy.
Read More: What Does It Mean When a Dog Rubs Against You?
Exposes the Belly
“A dog that exposes its belly to you—usually with a slightly open mouth, light panting, and wagging tail—[is exhibiting] a sign of trust,” says Evelyn Kass-Williamson, DVM, an integrative veterinarian who specializes in pet nutrition.
Signs Your Dog Isn’t Happy
Just like how you can look for signs your dog is happy, you can also look for signs your dog isn’t happy. One sign is destructive behavior.
Chewing on rugs, furniture, baseboards, stairs or anything else is a sign your dog is frustrated, bored, and unhappy. It may be due to a lack of mental stimulation while you are gone. Instead of punishing your pup, try to provide plenty of toys to play with while you’re away. Browse Dog Ownership Guide’s picks for the best DOG TOYS.
Avoiding Eye Contact
Dogs who avoid eye contact often do not feel well or just aren’t happy about something. Just think about people when they get sick or get into argument with someone. They don’t want to face people either. Dogs are just the same.
Lazy and Unmotivated
Lazy and unmotivated are not the same as relaxed dogs. Below you will learn the difference between them.
Healthy dogs are active dogs. When you suggest that it’s playtime, a dog should jump into action ready to head to the dog park or backyard. A dog who doesn’t react is usually unhappy, which could be due to many factors: sickness, lack of mental stimulation, guilt for destructive behavior, etc.
Out of the Ordinary Behavior
Dogs will change over time. Older dogs won’t exhibit happiness the same as when they were puppies, but it doesn’t mean they aren’t living their best life. If the changes in your dog’s behavior are slight over time, it’s likely due to age. If the changes are sudden, contact your dog’s veterinarian for advice. The vet can help you answer the question, “Is My Dog Happy?”.
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