Dogs are man's (and woman's) best friends.  They are loyal, affectionate, protective...often times you even feel you know what your dog is thinking.  But do dog's have a language?

Yep, according to Dr. Angela Hughes, DVM, PhD, veterinary genetics research manager at canine genetics company Wisdom Health, different core breed groups show affection in different ways—aka their love language. “Breeds were created to have different behavioral traits and to serve various roles. Therefore, each breed group can have innately unique ways of showing their love and affection,” Hughes says. 

According to the experts here are some things to look for when trying to decide just exactly what your dog is trying to tell you:

  • Spending time with you - dogs are descendants of wolves, known for their loyalty, so if dogs want to follow you around or be in your lap, or next to you all the time, that is a sign of affection.
  • Licking you - dogs will often times lick you to show they are not a threat or to "groom you" which is a way of showing intimacy.
  • Wagging their tails - this may seem rather obvious but tail wagging can mean your dog is happy to see you, but dogs can express a variety of emotions with their tails.

If you'd like to drill down more on dog language you can check out the full article at PureWow


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