10 Secret Ways That Your Dog Says "I Love You"

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Little Things' Elyse Wanshel shares with us the little ways that our furry friends show their adoration.

1. When they stare into your eyes.


Wanshel says that, when a dog looks at you, oxytocin is released. This is the same hormone that helps a mother bond with her babies. Dog-expert Brian Hare has even said that a dog staring at you is "hugging you with his eyes."

2. When they copy your yawn.


According to Wanshel, a study found that human's copying each other's yawn shows empathy. It is possible that a dog yawning at the same time as their human happens because the dog loves that person.

3. When they lean on you.


Dogs lean on their humans to show that they trust that you will protect them. They know that you are their main support.

4. When they cuddle you after dinner.


In the book "How Dogs Love Us," author Gregory Burns says that cuddling after a meal is a way that your dog says "I love you."

5. When they give you major eyebrow signals.


There are many indicators that your dog loves you, but facial expressions are key.

6. When they watch you leave.


According to Gregory Burns, "If your dog panics when you leave, it's more of a sign that they have separation anxiety than that they love you. If a dog is calm when you leave, it means your dog loves and trusts you and is confident that you will return."

7. When they freak out when you come home.


There is nothing better than coming home from a long day at work to your dog who thinks you coming home is the greatest thing in the world.

8. When they sleep in your bed.


According to Gregory Berns, if a dog wants to sleep on your bed, it's a good test of his loyalty because he doesn't want to be separated from the pack.

9. When they share their toys with you.


By bringing you their favorite toy, they are trusting that you will love it just as much as they do.

10. When they love on you.


Dogs can sense whether or not you love them. If you love them with all your heart, they will love you right back!


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