A dog must love its owner if it is denied permission to share the bed. Its close proximity to you as you sleep is indicative of its loyalty and aversion to being isolated from the group.
When you return home, does your dog greet you by jumping, licking your hands and face, bringing you its favourite toy, or even peeing in excitement? It seems pleased to see you, as you seem pleased to see it.
Dogs with a strong sense of independence may not be glued to your feet or side at all times, but they still adore you. Your dog is making sure you're close by if it authenticates in from a different room, while out on a walk, or in an unfamiliar setting.
Eye contact helps you bond with your dog. Dogs' gaze releases oxytocin. Maintain eye contact when playing or cuddling. Dogs may avoid eye contact if forced.
In the same way that you wouldn't lean on a complete stranger, your dog has learned to do the same. When your dog rests his or her head on you, it feels comfortable and secure. Dogs who cling to their owners likely see their humans as defenders.
A dog needs lots of physical affection from you. Bear-hugging your dog is not something we recommend. Physical signs of affection between you and your dog include petting, cuddling, leaning on one another, and even a few gentle hugs.
When your dog brings you its favourite toy, it's showing more than just playfulness; it's showing its love for you. If you're the alpha dog, your puppy will trust you with its most prized possession.
Some dogs are taught to pull back their lips to expose a wide grin of teeth as a smile. Show your dog how much you appreciate it by smiling and talking to it in a joyful tone.