Understanding Your Dog’s Love Language: 5 Signs that your dog loves you

09 February 2023

We all know that dogs are loyal and loving companions, but did you know that they have their own unique way of expressing their love for us? Dogs show us love and affection in many different ways, but sometimes it can be hard to understand what they are trying to tell us. That’s why it’s important to take the time to learn about your dog’s love language and how to interpret it. From tail wagging to licking, panting to cuddling, each and every canine has their own special way of saying “I love you”. With a better understanding of how they show their love, owners and their canine companions will be able to build an even stronger bond and have a more fulfilling relationship.

There are many reasons to learn your dog’s love language, especially if you have a new dog who is still getting used to your family. It can also be helpful for old dogs who are not feeling well or experiencing any changes in their lives. No matter what the reason, the bond with your dog will be strengthened by deepening your understanding of their behaviours and the way they express themselves.

Common signs of affection from dogs

Different dog breeds will show their love and affection in different ways. Dogs are individuals just like humans are, and they have their own preferences when it comes to giving and receiving affection. Pay attention to how your dog interacts with you, what they like and what they don’t like. Getting to know your dog better will show them that how much you care and with a little knowledge, you will be able to show your dog how much they are loved in return for all the love and affection they show you!

Following are some common signs of affection from dogs when they are happy and excited to see their owner.

Tail Wagging

Tail wagging is one of the most common ways that dogs show affection. When your dog wags their tail, it is not only an indication that they are excited to see you but also a way of showing affection. A wagging tail usually means that your dog is happy, excited or relaxed. They may also wag their tail when they are looking for attention, or to welcome you home

Playful Behaviour

Dogs are social animals, and like many other species, they enjoy playing and practicing their social skills. This can include games like fetch – when your dog brings you a ball or toy to throw it’s a sure sign they love you and want to play with you


Dogs often show affection by licking your face. They may also nuzzle and gently lick your cheeks, lips or nose as a sign of affection. They may lick your face as a way of gaining your attention, or it could be they just like the salty taste of your skin!

Snuggling and Cuddling

Dogs will often snuggle and cuddle with their owners or people they feel comfortable with. When dogs want to cuddle with you it’s a way of saying how much they love and trust you and want to be close to you.


Dogs sometimes like to communicate with us through vocalisations. While some dogs choose to howl, yowl or whine as a way to say “I miss you”, most dogs use their voices as a way to make you aware of their mood. Some dogs sound like they are trying to talk to you when they are happy – listen to them and engage in the conversation in any way you can!


These are just a few ways that dogs can communicate with their owners to express their love and affection. Every dog will have a different love language and although they may not exhibit all of the above signs, there will always be sure signs that your dog loves you. It’s important to show your dog that you love them too and with a better understanding of how your dog shows affection, you can learn to appreciate these behaviors more and build a stronger bond.

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