Does Your Dog Actually Love You? Here Are 5 Ways to Tell

Posted by Paige Cerulli

Your dog loves you...right? How do you know? 

Your dog loves you - of course he does. He wags his tail when you're around and likes to cuddle up with you on the couch. He gets upset when you leave and is happy when you come home. It's love, right?

Well, neuroscientist and author Gregory Burns has identified five ways that you can tell if your dog loves you. They're simple, and you can answer all five questions based on life with your dog. There's no hauling your dog off for expensive testing required.

In the video below, Wall Street Journal's Billy Higgins puts his own dog, Violet, to the test. See what happens.

Determining if your dog loves you by using Burns' factors is really pretty simple. First, think about whether your dog comes to snuggle up with you after he or she eats. Then, think about whether your dog sleeps with you (if you allow it).

Next, ask yourself if your dog gets upset when you leave - does he trust you enough to go into his crate when you leave the house? Similarly, if your dog gets super excited when you get home, this may indicate that your dog loves you.

The last point is easy. Do you love your dog? Dogs can sense when they're loved and appreciated, and if you love your dog, your dog probably loves you back.

If your dog is new to your home and isn't yet showing these signs that he loves you, be patient. It takes time to gain a dog's trust, and he needs to feel that he is a part of the family, too. Just continue to treat your dog with kindness and love, and soon he will do the same. Once you've earned your dog's love, you will have it for life - and there's nothing better than that.

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Does Your Dog Actually Love You? Here Are 5 Ways to Tell