Dogs are well known for being some of the most affectionate pets anyone can own, and one pet owner has shared six key signs that indicate they really love you.
In a TikTok video uploaded July 1 by @yoshi_bichonfrise, a 3-year-old Bischon Frize named Yoshi showers his owner with affection and attention in the form of kisses and longing looks.
Yoshi’s owner claims in the adorable clip that these traits are among the list of signs that reveal you’re (hopefully) your dog’s favorite person and a great pet trainer who has spoken to Newsweek manages to agree:
- They bring you their toys.
- They follow you everywhere.
- They lick you a lot.
- They love leaning on you.
- They wag their tails enthusiastically when you enter the room.
- They are always watching you even when you are not watching.
Since being shared on TikTok, the video has garnered 6.8 million views and over 693,900 likes.
It’s no surprise that content featuring dogs does well online, as the United States is a nation full of pet lovers. Forbes estimates that 86.9 million households in the United States own at least one pet. Dogs are the most popular pet in the country, with 65.1 households owning at least one, followed by cats, with 46.5 million owning at least one.
Joe Nutkins, dog training instructor and co-director of UK-based Dog Training for Essex and Suffolk, said she supported the points made in the video.
“I agree with the creator of the video that the 6 things their dog does shows a very beautiful close bond with the owner, which is our interpretation of dogs loving us. Even I regularly joke that my Norwich Terrier Merlin ‘loves his mother,'” Nutkins said.
“Licking our arms, hands and even our faces can sometimes be referred to as ‘kisses’ – from our dogs’ perspective, they lick for the taste or for the licking action which can be soothing,” she continued.
“Dogs also lick their paws, rugs, the sofa, doors and more. However, for some shy, quiet or sensitive dogs, a light lick of our arm while they are next to us can be a sign of confidence in their caregiver and of using the lick to interact in a way that they are comfortable with.”
Pet expert Susan Nilson of Los Angeles-based The Cat And Dog House said she also agreed with many of the traits highlighted in the clip, but cautioned that “staring can be hostile behavior, but only when it’s a hard stare. When the stare is soft, like in the video, that’s another bonding mechanism.”
“Research shows that when dogs look into human eyes with their puppy eyes, it again activates the release of oxytocin. So both dogs and humans get a flood of this feel-good hormone,” Nilson said. Newsweek.
“A tail wagging loosely in a rapid circular fashion is almost always a sign of friendliness and a desire to engage. However, the direction of the tail wagging is also important,” she said.
“Studies tell us that when dogs are feeling happy or confident, they tend to wag their tails more to the right. But when they are scared, their tails tend to wag more to the left.
“So you have to look at the dog’s general body language and the context of the situation to be absolutely sure. It’s usually pretty obvious when your dog is excited to see you and wants to be with you.”
Newsweek contacted @yoshi_bichonfrise via TikTok for comment.
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