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Six Signs of a Happy Dog

Updated on May 3, 2017

Do you ever look at you dog and wonder what they are thinking? I think I speak for all of us when I say we wish our dogs could talk. For many of us it would make things so much easier! Just because they can't speak, doesn't mean we can't understand how they are feeling by the way they act normally. If you are wondering what state of mind you dog is in, check out these 6 sings that may help you determine if your dog is happy.

1. Relaxed Eyes

When your dog is happy and relaxed, their eyes will be at their normal shape. Take a look at your dogs eyes when they are doing different actives. You should notice slight differences during different activities and be able to determine their "normal" shape.

2. Relaxed Mouth

When your dog is happy and relaxed, their mouth is likely to be close or slightly open with an upward grin or smile! Like sign number one,pay attention to the changes in you dog's body language to read their mood.

3. Comfortable Ears

Take a look at their ears. Once more a happy and relaxed dog will hold there ears naturally. This will depend on your specific dog, and in larger part there breed. But take a look when you dog is doing different activities to determine what is natural to understand when they are happy.

4. Tail Carriage

Many people have probably heard a happy dog wags their tail, and while this is true, dogs tend to wag their tail when they are excited. A dog holds there tail in a normal position when they are relaxed.

5. Eats Well

Some dogs are "picky" eaters, much like some kids are, but a happy dog is going to want to eat. If your dog is refusing to eat, something may be up, sometimes this could be a sign for medical attention if the pattern continues.

6. Is Active

Simply put dogs are not cats, they shouldn't sleep 20 hours out of the day. While dogs at different ages require different sleep needs, a happy dog should be up and moving for most of the day or at attention when family is present and moving around.

While these are just a few signs to help understand your dog, we believe a big part of understanding your dog is knowing their normal behavior as demonstrated in the 6 signs above. Please leave your thoughts on the signs of a happy dog below.


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