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Signs your dog is happy

Probably the easiest dog body language to understand is a happy dog! There are some really clear signs you’ll see in your dog showing they are happy



  • A high and waggy tail. This is probably the most well-known sign your dog is a happy pooch.

  • Floppy ears. By this, we mean that their ears are relaxed, not tense or flattened against their head. Pricked upright ears are a sign of alertness – they tell you if your dog is happy or sad, just focused.

  • Their body’s relaxed. If your dog seems relaxed in their posture and not tense or stiff, this is a good indication they are feeling good. Loose shoulders, soft eyes without a fixed gaze, and a dose of ‘wiggliness’ or pure ‘flopped-outness’ are all clues that your dog’s feeling super chill.

  • They’re playful. A happy dog is more likely to want to play and leap around. Play “bows” are a great sign your dog is in the mood.

  • They lean in to you. A relaxed dog who enjoys your company is more likely to also enjoy your attention. They may come to you for attention and it’s a good sign if they lean into your hand when you stroke them.


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