Dog Body Language – Signs Of A Happy Dog

June 19, 2019


Most of our canine friends love their owners wholeheartedly and unconditionally. Their affection is almost always conspicuous and they are exuberant in physically displaying their happiness. But let’s go over some signs of doggy-happiness anyway.

Body language is crucial. A dog that is happy will show the emotion throughout his entire body, from the brightness of his eyes, all the way to his rapidly wagging tail. A happy dog usually acts as if he will jump out his own skin with happiness, wiggling his entire body in eager anticipation at seeing you walk through the front door after a long day at work.

However, your dog may playfully jump up just to be close to you and sometimes inadvertently hurt you in the pinnacle of excitement. It is important to know that proper obedience training should help your pup learn how to show restraint and manners, even when it is overwhelming happy.


A happy dog might roll on his back and expose his belly to you. This is a sign of happiness and trust. Reward your pup with a nice belly scratch in this instance and it will increase the happiness exponentially. The phrase “belly-up” just got the new, happy meaning.

A dog that initiates physical contact, such as bumping up against you, putting his paw or his muzzle in your hand, is simply expressing his happiness and desire to be with you.

On the other hand (paw?), quiet times can also indicate happiness. A happy and content dog may show his feelings just by sitting quietly beside you with his head on your lap or with his body nestled against yours. This is the way of showing a relaxed happiness that demonstrates the enjoyment of simply being close to you.

At the end of the day, the more quality time you spend with your pooch and include your pup in your everyday life, the more signs of this form of happiness you are likely to experience. After all, happiness is there to be shared.

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