4 – He brings you his favorite toy.

Does your dog often greet you with his favorite toy, ready to play with? If so, he shows his love in two very different ways.

Clearly, your puppy wants to play. Play is an activity that is often used to bring pack members together at an early age.

Therefore, wanting to play for you shows that your dog is happy and sees you as a beloved member of his pack.

What you may not know is that by choosing a favorite toy, your dog is showing you how important you are in his life.

Your dog’s favorite toy is probably his most prized possession and he gives it to you as a sign of affection and loyalty.

5 – He comes to you after a meal.

Dogs are generally spontaneous animals that live in the moment. Knowing this, you can usually determine a dog’s priorities by observing where he focuses his attention.

It’s not uncommon for dogs to prefer food when it’s nearby. This is a biological desire. So pay attention to where your dog goes or what he wants to do after he finishes his food.

If your dog licks the bowl and then comes to you for attention, it’s a sign that he loves you.

6 – Stealing your shoes or dirty clothes.

While the other items on this list can be cute and fun, it’s not always the case when your dog starts stealing your shoes or clothes.

Watching your dog run with a smelly sock in his mouth may make you cringe, but it’s actually a sign of affection.

Dogs have a keen sense of smell and it’s likely that it’s your scent that attracts them to your basket, not the items themselves.

In fact, studies show that when a dog encounters the scent of his beloved master, the areas of the brain associated with pleasure are activated.

In other words: Your dog loves you so much that your scent makes him happy.

7 – Snuggle or lean in.

My favorite sign of affection (and one of the most obvious) is definitely that special moment when your dog snuggles with you.

I can’t talk about signs that your dog loves you without mentioning cuddling.

There are a variety of behaviors that are all related and fall into this category, such as putting his head or a paw on your feet while he sleeps, leaning on you and, of course, snuggling in your lap.

This behavior is related to the way wolf packs sleep together and protect each other by keeping each other close.

Your dog could sleep anywhere, but he prefers to curl up with you. If that’s not a clear sign of his love for you, I don’t know what is!

Ultimately, one thing is certain for you as a dog owner. Regardless of what signs your dog may or may not show, you know how much he loves you and you reciprocate.

Do you have any unique examples of signs that your dog loves you? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

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