For starters, does your dog stare deeply into your eyes? What this means depends on the dog's expression, but if their expression is neutral then this is a powerful sign of affection. In fact, research shows this stare can actually raise levels of oxytocin.
Doesn't this dog look sad? You might feel guilty leaving a dog looking at you like this, but there's no need. This is the reaction you want. If a dog barks, howls, urinates or defecates then these are signs of separation anxiety. The dog might be sad to see you go, but they are calm, comfortable and know you'll be back.
Have you noticed a dog hunching over and making themselves look small? This is a sign that they're afraid. If you see a dog that does this constantly without any apparent source of fear, there's a good chance they were abused.
There are actually numerous reasons your canine might do this. If they're a dominant dog, it could be their way of asserting themselves. If they have separation anxiety, it's a way of comforting themselves by getting closer to you. If they're jealous, they could be letting other dogs know you belong to them.
Tongue flicking is when your dog stickers their tongue straight out and then retracts it. This is a sign of light discomfort, often around someone unfamiliar that's making them anxious. This may also be an attempt to appease a more dominant presence for more submissive dogs.
This stance is known as aggressive stalking. When a dog lowers its head, focusing on one spot while raising its front paw in the air it means it's on the hunt. You'd do well to get out of its way, as it's likely about to pounce.
That said, dogs also yawn when they're tired and comfortable. More fascinating still, dogs can also yawn as a sign of empathy. If they see you yawn, they might yawn back in support. Keep all this in mind. If you see an unfamiliar dog yawn near you and you didn't yawn, they might be having anxieties.
Do they do this because they think your bed is comfy? Partly, but mostly they just want to be closer to you. As long as you don't have any allergies or asthma, vets don't see any harm in letting them do so. Let them in and wish them sweet doggy dreams.
This depends on how the dog was trained. This could be another sign of separation anxiety. However, if they were taught as a puppy not to chew and don't show signs of being upset when you leave, they might just do this out of boredom. Give them some new toys or take them out more often.
Finally, what does it mean if your dog insists on riding a toy pony? Well, it means you've got yourself one strange dog. Not everything means something. But for the rest, it's nice to help better understand your pet. Anything that makes it easier on us is appreciated, as we want to do all we can to make our little pals happy.