An average dog knows about 165 human words, but they still have a language all their own. Your dog probably tells you they love you everyday, but it’s not by giving you a hug or a kiss. Here are some ways that pups express affection, when you’d have no idea what was going on:
– They drop a ratty old toy or a dead bird at your feet. Like an aunt that gets you the same slightly oversized Snowman sweater every Christmas, your dog loves to give you a gift– even if they don’t exactly know your tastes.
– They give you the ol’ staredown. If you’re playing, snuggling, or talking to your dog, and they’re keeping eye contact, then this behavior might be “hugging you with their eyes.” Add this to the list of things that are way less creepy when a dog does it. (see also: your butt, sniffing it)
– They finish dinner and burp in your face. Ok, it’s not the burp itself– it’s the act of snuggling up right after dinner time. Because your dog’s safest, happiest place to sleep off a food coma is right there, in your arms.