How Do You Know Your Pet Loves You?

How Do You Know Your Pet Loves You?

You adore your pet and show love to your precious fur baby in many different ways.  But did you know that pets can also show love to their owners?

That’s what this article is all about.  First, we will look at the various ways that dogs show love.  Then we will shift our focus to cats. 

How Dogs Show They Love You

Dogs are known for their unconditional love.  We have listed a few examples of how dogs express that love to their owners.  

Your Dog Gets Excited to See You

Does your dog greet you with excitement when you come home?  That means your pup loves you! Of course, you probably don’t want this display of affection to get out of hand.  Jumping, barking, and licking should be kept under control. Still, it’s nice to know that your dog’s enthusiasm is a grand display of love.  That should make it easier to tolerate a flood of doggy kisses each time you walk through the front door.      

Your Dog Rolls Over for You

Canines place themselves in a vulnerable position when they roll over.  That’s why dogs only do this for people who have earned their trust and friendship.  Think about that the next time your pooch asks for a belly rub!

Your Dog Wants to be Pet

Dogs enjoy being pet by the people they are closest to.  If your dog comes over to you and asks to be stroked and cuddled, this is just another indication of puppy love.     

Your Dog Maintains Eye Contact with You

If your furry friend feels comfortable with you, your dog should be able to maintain eye contact with you.  In fact, this is another way that your dog shows love.  Keep in mind, this loving gaze is far different from an aggressive stare, which is often viewed as a threat in the dog world.  

Your Dog Leans Against You

Dogs only lean against people they feel most secure with.  So, the next time your pooch leans against you, be glad.  It means your pup highly values you. However, leaning could also be a sign of anxiety.  But if your dog’s body feels relaxed, your canine probably isn’t scared and just wants to be near you.   

How Cats Show They Love You

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but don’t be fooled.  They love their people.  Here are just a few examples of how felines show that love. 

Your Cat Rubs Against You

Do you know what bunting is?  This kitty behavior is a sure sign of affection and is seen when your cat rubs its cheek against you.   


Your Cat Brings the Latest Catch to You

Being the recipient of your kitty’s latest catch is a privilege.  However, we realize you might not feel that way.  After all, this gift is probably the last thing you want to receive. But think of it this way.  Your cat admires you enough to share the rewards of his or her hunting efforts.  Doesn’t that make this gift a little easier to bear?    

Your Cat Sleeps in Your Lap

Does your feline like to nap in your lap?  If so, you have won over your fur ball’s trust and love.

Your Cat Rolls Around

Cats show their excitement by diving to the ground and rolling around.  If you notice this cute behavior while approaching your kitty, it means your cat loves you.  When your cat greets you this way, be sure to get down on the ground and pet your them.  

Your Cat Purrs When Hanging Out with You

Most cat parents are aware that purring isn’t always a good thing. However, that doesn’t mean purring is always bad either.  If your kitty appears relaxed and content while purring, your four-legged friend is happy.  And if you are petting your cat during this time, you are the source of that happiness.  In that case, your cat must love you a whole lot!

Sure, pets don’t speak our language.  But they can still tell you they love you.  If you pay close attention and learn how to interpret dog and cat language, you will know when your pet is showing love. Is there any better reward for a pet parent?     

About the Author:

Savanna Westwood

Savanna Westwood is the Owner and Founder of The Savvy Sitter, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, LLC. She has grown up with animals all her life and enjoys spending time with them. Savanna has lived in the Winter Garden and Windermere Area for over 30 years. When she is not taking care of Fur Friends, one can find her reading, practicing archery, riding, and devising ways to provide additional and excellent services to clients.  Savanna is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter with Pet Sitter International's CPPS certification and also holds certification in Pet First Aid and CPCR for Pet-Care Professionals.

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