Credit to Dogster for a great article on communicating with your dog! Do you talk to your dog? Do you know when they're telling you, "Hey, human, I love you!"? Read on to get the inside scoop from Annie Phenix, CPDT-KA. Dogs show affection to humans with their tails.
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How do dogs show affection? Dogs communicate with us through body language and actions — here are are four ways dogs show affection to humans.
As a professional dog trainer, I am immersed in teaching dogs and their humans. It’s rare to get a question I haven’t been asked many times before — but I did recently, and not from a client but from a cat-fanatic friend who has never had a dog. She asked: How do dogs show affection to humans? Great question! Even those who have lived with dogs can sometimes misread canine language.
Before I share the top ways that dogs show affection, though, please keep in mind that something occurring to a dog IS aversive if the dog feels it is. In other words, it’s not just children who need to ask if they may pet someone else’s dog. Even if given permission to say hello, please not only be respectful of the dog’s space, but also watch his body and face closely to make sure that your petting is pleasing. Not all dogs want to be touched by strangers! So, how do dogs show affection to humans? Let’s look at four ways!