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5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. May 17, 2017
5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy

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We should always feel really happy with our pet, but often don't know for sure if our furry friends are happy with us. Dogs are capable of feeling happy, much like people, but they are also capable of feeling anxious or even suffering from depression.

Dogs are very sensitive animals and their mood can change depending on different situations. You, as their owner and friend, should want nothing to get in the way of their happiness.

Since dogs aren't able to talk, you need to know how to interpret the clues that suggest they're happy. As such, in this Animal Wised article we will show you 5 signs that your dog is happy.

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1. They don't lose their appetite

Dogs are very greedy animals unless they have a problem, whether physical or psychological. If they are sick or depressed, it's normal for them to lose their appetite. However, a happy dog will ask you for food and gobble up everything you put in their bowl. This is one of the most revealing of the 5 signs that your dog is happy.

Do not forget that when they eat the same food day after day, it's possible for them to get bored and stop eating all of their food in one go. In this case, you need to pay attention to the other signs to make sure that your dog is happy, and that they have not stopped eating as a result of other problems. This can be solved by giving it other types of food from time to time..

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - 1. They don't lose their appetite

2. They always want to play and walk

An active dog is a happy dog. Whether with their owner or with other animals, dogs are usually very playful. In addition, they are always willing to go for long walks in which they can release their energy.

Some dogs are more dynamic than others, but having the energy that they have, a happy dog will always want to spend lengths of time walking and playing.

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - 2. They always want to play and walk

3. They get enough sleep

An adult dog sleeps for around 16 hours a day, whereas puppies need up to 20 hours of sleep. A happy dog will need the right amount of rest time to recharge its batteries and regain energy, so that it can keep asking you to play and take it for walks.

If your dog sleeps more than what is necessary, they may be suffering from a problem such as depression, boredom or other diseases such as distemper or parvovirus. It's important for you to pay attention to find out the cause and fix it as soon as possible.

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - 3. They get enough sleep

4. They ask you for affection

A happy dog loves being close to their loved ones and sharing moments together. They will ask you to stroke them and show them affection several times a day, and will show you their belly for you to give it a rub. This is a sign that they trust you and feel at ease and secure with your company.

Another way of demanding your affection is by asking you to play with them, which, as we've already mentioned, is another sign that your dog is happy.

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - 4. They ask you for affection

5. They like to snoop around

Dogs are very curious animals that love to discover the world around them. They like to sniff and examine new things and unknown places A dog that is not interested in unknown people and things is an apathetic dog, that probably has mood problems.

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - 5. They like to snoop around

Pay attention to changes

Despite having shown you 5 signs that your dog is happy, you know it better than anyone. You know what it is like and how its attitude is, and it's you who is going to detect any change in behavior, and if it feels sad. Pay attention to the small details and try and work out if their behavior has changed. And, above all, make an effort so your furry friend has a full, healthy and totally happy life. They will return the favor.

5 Signs That Your Dog is Happy - Pay attention to changes

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