How to Tell Your Dog I Love You

By ADDW / April 16, 2019

Humans don't communicate the same way dogs do. Unfortunately, our fur friends can’t understand the words  “I love you” the way we we do. However, that doesn’t mean that our fur babies can’t feel the love!

We made a list on what you can do to make sure your fur baby gets how much you love him.

Telling Your Dog You Love Him

1. Gaze Into His Eyes

While staring down a dog in a forceful manner will spark aggression, when a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of saying “I love you.” A recent study shows that oxytocin, the ‘love chemical,’ goes up in both dogs and humans when they share a kind gaze.

From: ​The Dog People​​​

2. Rub His Ears

Instead of patting your pup on the top of the head, try giving him a gentle rub behind the ears. Watch his reaction — he will most likely melt into a ball of doggy happiness. This is because rubbing a dog’s ears actually stimulates the release of endorphines– hormones that relieve pain and bring on feelings of pleasure.

From: ​Kristen Levine​​​

3. Lean on Them

Not just figuratively, actually press your weight against your dog physically. Not to the point where he feels cornered (or crushed!) just a little to show that you trust him. This is something our pups do to display their affection for us that is often overlooked.

Have you ever had your pooch press up against the backs of your legs while you’re busy in the kitchen? That’s a type of dog hug! Try giving him one right back.

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4. Talk to Your Dog

Studies using MRI technology show dogs can understand human languag better than previously thought. So talking out loud to your dog isn’t as crazy as you might think. Reading to dogs has been shown to calm anxious and high-energy dogs in shelters, and brings shy dogs out of their shells.

From: ​The Dog People​​​

5. Have Fun Together

Spend some time every day doing something that your dog enjoys. Try teaching him a new trick or practicing ones he already knows. Take him out in the back yard or down to the dog park for a game of frisbee or fetch. Not only will your dog feel loved, but the exercise will help to keep him (and you) healthy.

From: ​Kristen Levine​​​

6. Let Emotions Show

Dogs are extremely perceptive animals. They pick up on emotions, social cues, and body language. If you're excited about something, don't be surprised when your dog gets a sudden burst of energy. If you're feeling stressed or anxious, your dog will often mirror those feelings.

The same goes for feelings of affection. Letting your dog know you love them is as easy as acting normal and letting those emotions shine through.

From: Wide Open Pets


To sum it all up, here's your go-to list on how to tell your adorable fur buddies you love them. Enjoy! 🙂

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