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12 Signs Your Dog Is Truly Happy

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We all wish our dogs could talk – it would make things so much easier. Even though they can’t speak, it doesn’t mean we can’t tell how they are feeling by the way they act. If you are wondering if your dog is loves the life you are giving her, check out these 12 signs that may help you determine if your dog is happy.

#1 – Relaxed Eyes

According to the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), “When your dog is relaxed and happy, his eyes will be their normal shape.” Pay attention to the way your dog’s eyes look when doing different activities or during different times of the day. You’ll start noticing the differences and will be able to read your dog’s mood better. (www.aspca.org)

Image source: @NoelZiaLee via Flickr
Image source: @NoelZiaLee via Flickr

#2 – Relaxed Mouth

The ASPCA also says to look at their mouth. “When your dog is relaxed and happy, he’s likely to have his mouth closed or slightly opened.” Again, pay attention to the changes in your dog’s body language to read his mood. (Note: a dog that is panting with their mouth open could be hot or stressed. This is not a happy dog). (www.aspca.org)

Image source: @Lizwest via Flickr
Image source: @Lizwest via Flickr

#3 – Comfortable Ears

Also look at his ears. The ASCPA notes that a happy, relaxed dog will “hold his ears naturally.” Again, this will depend on your specific dog, with a lot depending on his breed and where their ears sit. (www.aspca.org)

Image source: @J42k via Flickr
Image source: @J42k via Flickr
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