“How can I tell that my dog is doing well?” “How do I know that I am doing the right thing when dealing with my dog and that he has a good life with me that makes him happy?” These are questions which many dog owners have.
The probability that your four-legged friend is happy is especially high if he can be busy a lot. You achieve this by interacting with him a lot, for example by playing games together for a large part of the day. In addition – and we cannot emphasize this often enough – high-quality feed from the specialist trade is essential for physical and mental health and therefore also for his happiness.
Since all dogs are descended from the wolf, they have a very similar way of talking. The dog communicates through body language and sound. All dogs – whether they have a short nose and a long tail, or vice versa – express themselves in the same way. However, you should keep in mind that some dog breeds have acquired a different appearance through breeding, such as a shortened tail, which means that they are no longer fully understood by their peers.
Here we describe a number of clear signals about whether your dog is happy with his life with you.
A happy dog wags its tail
If your dog is happy, his tail will swing from side to side at about an angle of about 120 degrees. In dogs with a short or curled tail, the beginning of the tail is very relevant. Short-tailed quadrupeds often move their entire abdomen while wagging.back to menu ↑
The pupils are enlarged
You can tell by dilated pupils that your dog likes something. Just like in humans, dogs’ pupils dilate when they see something beautiful. Of course, the overall picture of the eyes is also decisive: If Bello’s eyes look radiant and lively, you can assume: Your dog is doing well.back to menu ↑
Wagging your tail
In general, dancing movements, a relaxed tail, and ears that are normal are indicators that your dog is happy inside. Sometimes they also express that they are cheerful, for example by strolling around their favorite person, usually wagging their tail.back to menu ↑
When a dog is happy, it gets exciting
You can also recognize that your four-legged friend is really having fun by enthusiastic behavior, such as jumping around, running in circles, barking briefly, and the like.back to menu ↑
He asks you to play
When your darling is doing well, he will let you know by inviting you to play with him. He does this, for example, by briefly jumping with his front legs parallel in the air. Be sure to let yourself be carried away by his enthusiasm and join him. That increases the fun for both.
Just keep in mind that in the end, you are the one who decides what happens.
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He focuses on you and the assignment
If you work with your dog in an animal-oriented way, which allows him to expend his energy, he will show that he likes it by focusing on his owner and the assignment that is intended for him. That is pure, situational joy.back to menu ↑
It’s a teddy bear
Of course, he also shows that he is having a good time when he comes to his owner to cuddle with him.back to menu ↑
He stays close to his owner
It goes without saying: being around is a sign that he’s happy with you. He does this by coming to you regularly or by simply lying quietly next to you. If he’s quiet or even sleeping next to you, it’s definitely a sign that he’s comfortable around you.back to menu ↑
Your dog is happy when he gives you a paw
This act can also have a questioning character. Your dog may be begging or want to reassure you by giving his paw. But it can also be a general sign that he’s happy to be with you.
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His reaction when you get home
Last but not least, when you come home and open the door, he makes it clear that he is happy to see you again. The feeling of ‘finally!’ your dog can already experience if you have only been away for 20 minutes. His joy is sometimes so great that it seems as if he has not seen you for years. Therefore, this is no surprise: of course, this is a clear sign that you as an owner make him happy and in dealing with him do a lot or even everything right.
We wish you and your four-legged friend a lot of fun together. Keep in mind that when your darling is doing well, it has a positive effect on you. Because there is hardly any joy as infectious as that of your sweet dog.