How Do I Know If My Dog Is Happy? 10 Signs of a Happy Dog

By Ian Banks | May 4, 2024

Animal behaviorist

Naturally, we all desire our furry companions to experience pure happiness, but recognizing what happiness entails for dogs can be a bit challenging. 

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Research on positive emotions in dogs, such as happiness, is limited, as highlighted in a report in Frontiers in Psychology. According to Marc Bekoff, PhD, a renowned animal behaviorist and former professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, “happy dogs look happy.”

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Although this may hold true, it's important to keep in mind that you have the deepest understanding of your dog compared to anyone else. “Any interpretations of dog behavior depend on each dog’s personality,” he says. “There often aren’t cut-and-dry answers, so knowing your dog’s personality will help you know their feelings.”