Throughout the life of your dog, you will have difficulty determining his mood. Whether your dog is happy, sad or crazy, he can’t just go to you and tell you the same thing in plain English. However, this does not mean that it is impossible to determine whether your dog is happy. Your dog will use other signals to let you know if he feels cheerful. What are these signs?
1. Body language
Your dog may not be able to speak a language, but he can use his whole body to send you signals about his mood. From head to tail, your dog uses body language to let you know if he is happy, crazy or sad. As a rule, a happy dog is easy to recognize, as it looks as if its whole body is shaking with anticipation. This is most likely the look you get every day when you get home from work.
In addition, the general position of your dog will tell a lot about his mood. A dog that confidently stands on its four feet, with its relaxed body and raised head, is a happy dog.
If your dog will be happy, he will be ready and eager to play with you. If you approach your dog for a little playtime, the easiest way to determine his happiness is in the position he occupies. If your dog holds his buttocks in the air and lowers his head to the ground, he will be happy and impatient to play.
In some matter, your dog may even use his voice in conjunction with this behavior to bring the point home. Short and sharp barking, howling and screaming are another sign that your dog is ready to gawk.
3. And a scratch?
Each dog owner has experienced firsthand or seen another dog that enters a state of happiness when receiving a tummy massage. If your dog has no problem rolling on his back to indicate his tummy for rubbing, you have a very happy (and confident) dog on your hands. In general, every time your dog makes body contact with you, your dog tries to tell you that he is happy and wants to be around you.
Reward all these behaviors with body contact. If your dog rolls on his back hoping for a rub, take a few minutes of the day to give him a scratch. In doing so, you ensure that your dog remains happy and that the feeling of trust between the owner and the dog continues to grow.
4. Calm behavior
After all, a calm dog is often a happy dog. If your dog is quietly and calmly lounging next to you, it’s a good bet that you have a happy dog. The fact that he is so relaxed is a sign that your dog is happy to be in your presence and feels safe when you are around. The more time you devote to the activities and behaviors that generate these body reactions in your dog, the more likely you are to have a happy, mentally healthy dog.