There’s a famous quote that says: “Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.”
We find this quote to be very spot on. Pet owners and pet lovers do know how to listen to their animals. And while dogs (and other animals for that matter) do not speak, there are still tell-tale signs that show what they are feeling.
With that in mind, here are seven signs your dog is truly happy and healthy…
It’s all in the eyes
Have you ever noticed that your dog’s eyes are a great reflection of how they feel? When they react to certain things, their eyes take a different shape. For instance, when they are shocked or alarmed, their eyes open wider and focus on the thing that alarmed them. When your dog looks at you with relaxed eyes, however, it is a great sign that your dog is happy to be with you.
Watch the tails
A dog’s tail is another tell-tale sign of how your dog is feeling. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, when your dog is relaxed, his tail will be in its natural position. On the other hand, if your dog has its tail straight upwards and very stiff, it could be a sign that he has his guard up. And, of course, you can tell your dog is happy if its tail is wagging from side to side, or if it is relaxed in a natural position.
Your dog is not causing havoc
Dogs are usually destructive when they are bored. If you find your dog destroying stuff around the house such as chewing on your shoes, chewing on the couch, it’s a sign that your dog is bored and wants attention. If your dog is behaved and chews on his toys instead of furniture, then it is a sign that your dog is happy.
Have you ever noticed that dogs are always hungry? Yes, some dogs are pickier eaters than others, but they are always hungry nonetheless. If your dog is always ready to eat, it is a sign that he is happy. However, if for some weird reason your dog doesn’t have a big appetite, it could be because he or she is having some medical problems that you are not aware of.
Dogs are the biggest people-pleasers on the planet. They will do about anything to get your attention. If your dog loves spending time with you and the rest of the family, it means that your dog is happy just where he is – with you. Your dog wants to see you pleased; it makes them happy to see you happy.
Pay attention to your dog’s sleeping habits. If your dog gets agitated and cannot sleep well, it means there is something wrong. So if your dog sleeps well and maybe even dream while they do, it means they are truly happy.
Excited all the time
A happy dog gets excited very easily. It doesn’t matter if it’s dinner time, the mention of the word “play” or “outside,” you come home from work, if your dog gets excited easily, it is a tell-tale sign that he or she is happy.