7 Signs Your Dog is Happy

A happy dog is a healthy dog! We know how much you love your good boy (or girl) and how important their happiness is to you. As a good doggie parent, you may have wondered or contemplated your dog’s feelings at some point.

Here are 7 signs and dog behaviors that indicate your pooch is living their best life:

1. Wagging Tail

Your dog’s tail, long or short, is abundantly expressive and critical in how they express their emotions. A tail that wags rapidly and causes movement in the entire body, is a good indicator of your pup’s happiness and excitement.

2. Good, Consistent Appetite

A dog with a healthy appetite is generally happy. Not all dogs take extreme pleasure in eating, although for many, it’s a highlight of their day.  If your dog has a sudden decrease (or increase) in appetite or if they stop eating altogether, this is definitely a sign that something might be wrong and you should consult your veterinarian right away.

3. Relaxed Eyes, Mouth, Ears

A content dog has relaxed, soft-looking eyes, not narrow or hard which may indicate aggression. Their mouths should also be relaxed, indicating comfort and happiness, which for some dogs actually looks like a smile. Dog’s ears are also a good communicator of their emotions with “at-ease ears”, meaning loose or floppy, symbolizing bliss.

4. Playfulness, Even Dancing

Happy dogs love to play. Your dog should enjoy their playtime, seek it out, and be ready to engage in playful activities. They should look forward to taking walks. Some dogs also hop or bounce, which can look like dancing, to show their excitement.

5. Belly Rubs

A dog that rolls over and shows off their belly is considered a very happy dog. Asking for affection in the form of belly rubs shows comfort and contentment.

6. Coat Appearance

A clean, shiny coat is a sign of good health and an indicator that a dog isn’t experiencing any environmental or emotional stress. If a dog is shedding like crazy, unseasonably, or has flaky skin, consult your vet right away as this could be a sign of a health issue.

7. Greetings!

Your dog should look forward to seeing you and greet you when you return home. A happy dog will be waiting for you at the door and will look for you to play with them at the park or for companionship while walking.

Happy dogs make the best friends. As pup parents, you want to make sure your dog is enthusiastic and excited about their lives on a daily basis. A dog’s happiness is largely related to their health. Part of being a responsible pet parent is making sure their physical health is attended to and they’re seen regularly by a vet. Get your dog’s custom quote here.

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