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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. ‘Tis the season of love, affection and appreciation for those we love the most. There is no love like the bond between a dog and its owner.

Have you ever showered your dog with love and wondered if your feelings were reciprocated? Check out these 7 signs your dog loves you!

As humans, we often rely on the power of verbal communication. And we’re not afraid to literally show our love for our dog. However, our dogs don’t have that luxury when they try to show us how they feel.

Instead, we have to look for subtle clues in their body language and actions.

You may be surprised to learn that your dog tries to “talk” to you every day, you just have to learn to listen!

Some signs may be obvious. For example, most dog lovers know from a young age that tail wagging is a sign of joy and excitement. Others, however, are more subtle.

Want to learn to listen to your best friend?
Let’s discover seven specific ways your dog communicates love, loyalty and affection.

Whether you call your pup your sidekick, your best friend or your furry baby, let’s celebrate the bond between dog and owner this Valentine’s Day.

After all, there’s a reason dogs are known as man’s (or woman’s) best friend.

Check out these 7 signs your dog loves you.

1 – Eye Contact.

In nature, eye contact can be easily misinterpreted. For this reason, a dog’s natural reaction is to avoid eye contact in any situation where he feels insecure or uncomfortable.

If you think about it, we are no different!

Think about the last time you found yourself in an uncomfortable situation. You probably looked to the side, avoided eye contact and hoped to escape, didn’t you?

However, as your puppy begins to get to know and trust you, that changes. A dog that fully trusts you will be able to establish and maintain eye contact while remaining relaxed.

Establishing eye contact triggers the release of the love hormone oxytocin, a process similar to a mother bonding with her newborn.

NOTE: This only applies if your dog is cuddling on YOUR terms. Holding a dog, even in a cuddle, can be incredibly stressful for them.

2 – He chases you.

I’m sure you’ve seen the funny pictures circulating on social media of the dog sitting proudly at the bathroom door, refusing to give his owner privacy.

When your dog follows you around, it shows how much he cares about you.

The same goes for the dog who may be comfortable keeping his distance, but refuses to let you out of his sight.

Your dog is biologically designed to “protect his pack.”

So when your dog actively tries to watch and protect you, he is showing you that he considers you part of that tight circle.

3 – Giving “kisses.”

There are many different reasons why a dog may want to lick a human. The key is to interpret his body language at the time.

If your dog seems excited to see you, he will lick you to greet you. This is a sign of affection.

You may also notice that your dog licks you calmly when you pick him up. It’s a matter of comfort and familiarity. Your dog licks you like your mother.

One situation that is often overlooked in terms of affection is the act of grooming.

Every time your dog licks you as if to groom you, it is also one of the signs that he loves you.

In the wild, dogs often groom other members of their pack as a sign of affection and loyalty. They look out for each other.

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