Is My Dog Happy?
If you’re a dog owner, you know all too well how stressful it can be when your pet isn’t acting like themselves. Perhaps the worst thing about our pets acting differently is that they can’t tell us what’s really going on – are they in pain? Did someone or something hurt them? How can you make it better? Fortunately, there are a variety of ways you can tell if you’re dog is in good spirits. If you’re pup is exhibiting the following signs, you can rest assured that they’re happy!
1. It’s all in the eyes. If your dog’s eyes are relaxed, they’re blinking a lot, and their gaze is soft, your dog is happy! Their ears will also appear relaxed, not cocked, pointing, or pinned backward, and their mouth may be open slightly, their tongue lolling about.
2. Observe their body language. Like humans, a dog’s body language can tell us a lot about how they’re feeling. If you’re dog has a relaxed posture, they’re optimistic. When a dog exhibits a stiff stance, you know something’s up. When they’re happy, your dog will wag their tail – sometimes so much so, it wags their entire body.
3. They observe good behavior, even when you’re not around. Happy dogs are generally the most stimulated dogs; with enough physical activity, whether it’s a daily walk or plenty of playtime, your dog will be good whether you’re around or not. Bored, under-stimulated dogs tend to be destructive, but if your dog is good no matter what, that means they’re content.
4. The love to play. A happy dog is always up for a good time. If your dog doesn’t seem interested in a walk or play time, something else might be going on. Take your dog to the vet right away if you notice a change in their physical activity.
5. You’re feeling the love. A happy dog will try to come into contact with you as often as possible. If your dog leans into your hand for a pet or keeps in contact with your body whenever they can, they’re extremely happy. Similarly, happy dogs are always excited to see you.
If you notice that your dog hasn’t exhibited these signs of happiness, take them to your vet as soon as possible to see what’s going on. They’ll be able to help you find the underlying cause of your dog’s suffering and inform you on the best ways to lift their spirits.